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City/Municipal water comes from many sources such as lakes, wells, streams, ponds, reservoirs, springs, rivers and groundwater. Water from these sources can be highly contaminated with microorganisms and must be properly treated before it is ready for public consumption.

How is City/Municipal Water Drinking Water? - Central Texas Water Softeners

How is City/Municipal Water Drinking Water?

The Process To Your Home

Municipal treatment plants turn contaminated water into portable drinking water. Your water is screened for debris and filtered, then they add either Chlorine or lately a combination of Chlorine and Ammonia, which are powerful disinfectants, to significantly reduce the risk of waterborne diseases. While the water that comes into your house is considered “safe” to drink it still contains many impurities and by-products from the disinfectants.

City/Municipal water providers are governed by the EPA (Federal) and TCEQ (State) to follow the rules of the Clean Water Drinking Act of 1974.  A lot of things have changed since 1974 and the latest amendment to this act is now over 25 years old.

By law, these providers must publish their annual Water Quality Report.  Even through the majority of these providers follow the law, there is only so much that they can/will do at the municipal/city level for the purity of your water.

The rest is up to you! We strongly urge you to read your local Water Quality Report and read our blogs about “What is in your local water” and call us with questions. If you believe that Congress/EPA are great Water Treatment Specialists – Cheers! If not, it is time to re-examine what you are drinking.

Municipal Water Treatment & Regulations - Central Texas Water Softeners

Municipal Water Treatment & Regulations

How is water regulated?

Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) defines regulated contaminants in drinking water to protect public health. The Agency sets regulatory limits for the amounts of certain contaminants in water provided by public water systems. They are only responsible for the first (regulated) on the Four (4) Contaminates Categories:

  • Regulated Substances– These are mandated by both the EPA and Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) to be reported.  They have maximum limits and must be treated not to exceed.  If they exceed, then a public notice must go out, or there are fines.
  • Secondary Substances – These are not required to be reported by either EPA or TCEQ.  This has not changed since 1996.  However, there is a new list being enacted to move several of these known carcinogenic substance into Regulated Substances category and they are adding PFA’s. (The chemicals have been linked to reproductive and (Brain) developmental, liver and kidney, and immunological effects. Research has shown they can contribute to low infant birth weights, thyroid problems and some cancers.)
Quality of Your Local Water - Central Texas Water Softeners

Quality of Your Local Water

What is in your water?
  • Unregulated Substances– These are not required to be reported by either EPA or TCEQ. The EPA’s Contaminant Candidate List (currently on the 4th revision).  Every 5 years a list is compiled and then reviewed.  From this list, contaminants are either rolled over, deletions or escalation to one of the above categories.
  • Other Substances– These are not required to be reported by either EPA or TCEQ. This is the last list of items found in our water.  This is a long list and contains: acetone, calcium, lead, magnesium, potassium, radium, total alkalinity, total hardness, and more.

Your local Water Quality Report must list the Regulated substances and disinfection byproducts.

We give a huge shout-out to Canyon Lake’s Water Quality Report for listing everything that is in our water.  What CLWSC reported is what is in all of our local water, but they have decided to be transparent. Thank you!

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