Getting the Lead Out

In April 2014 the drinking water industry was forever changed when the City of Flint switched the source of their municipal water supply from Detroit Water to the Flint River. That seemingly innocuous change caused lead to dissolve into the drinking water of tens of thousands of Flint residents when managers failed to provide corrosion... Continue Reading →

Grease in Pipes Continues to Cause Sewer Spills

The FY16 Wastewater report has been released. The report summarizes activities taken by the department to successfully collect and treat the community’s wastewater before recycling it to the environment. Wastewater treatment plants treated over 30 billion gallons of wastewater during FY16. Wastewater flows through 4,244 miles of pipes to treatment plants. On occasion, blockages of... Continue Reading →

Disinfection Byproducts

This is part of our series where we are taking a closer look at the 2015 Water Quality Report. Today we are talking about disinfection byproducts (DBP) and how they are formed. There are many types of DBP including TTHM (trihalomethane), HAA5 (haloacetic acid), bromate and chlorite.  In all there are 9 types of DBP and... Continue Reading →

Total Organic Carbon

Total Organic Carbon (“TOC”)is a term used to describe the nonspecific measurement of organic (carbon-based) contaminants in a water system. Organics can come from a variety of sources, since "organics" are compounds such as sugar, sucrose, alcohol, petroleum, PVC cement, plastic based derivatives, etc. Total organic carbon reacts with chlorine and forms disinfection byproducts (DBP).... Continue Reading →

What is Turbidity

This is part of a series of articles we are posting to dive deeper into the 2015 Water Quality Report.  The goal is to help everyone understand how our staff test and confirm whether your water is clean and safe. Today we are going to start by explaining what turbidity is. Turbidity is a key... Continue Reading →

2015 Consumer Confidence Report

2015 Annual Drinking Water Quality Report Water System Number:  01-60-010 We are pleased to present to you this year's Annual Drinking Water Quality Report.  This report is a snapshot of last year’s water quality.  Included are details about your source(s) of water, what it contains, and how it compares to standards set by regulatory agencies. ... Continue Reading →

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