The Water Treatment Department has six employees who operate and maintain three potable (drinking) water treatment plants, read approximately 12,700 gas and water meters every month, and also maintain nearly 7,000 water meters.
The source of our potable water is an underground sand and gravel formation called the Sankoty Aquifer. We pump an average of 2.2 million gallons per day (mgd) to the distribution system and when demand is high, well over 4 mgd. Our maximum capacity is approximately 5 mgd. We have eight wells that supply water to the three water treatment plants and all are fed from the aquifer at about 275 feet underground. We have three water towers with each having a capacity of one-half million gallons.
All three water treatment plants aerate, filter, soften, chlorinate, and fluoridate the well (or raw) water to provide a finished product that is safe to drink and complies with the EPA regulations. The treatment processes remove approximately 99% of the iron, 70% of the manganese, 90% of the arsenic, and 62% of the hardness from the water. The finished water pumped to the city’s nearly 6,000 customers contains about 8 grains of hardness. It has been disinfected to kill harmful bacteria, with fluoride added to help prevent tooth decay.
Our water also contains about 150 parts per million of sodium. Monitoring is required to provide information to consumers and health officials that are concerned about sodium intake due to dietary precautions. If you are on a sodium-restricted diet, you should consult a physician about this level of sodium in the water.
Our water is analyzed daily in our own laboratory. An EPA certified commercial laboratory performs additional required tests on our water monthly, annually, and triennially to verify quality for us and for the EPA.
There is a lot of work involved to provide safe reliable water for each customer as well as to accurately charge each customer a reasonable rate (approximately 36 cents per 100 gallons).
If you decide to work on your plumbing or do any kind of work involving your gas or water meter, please call the Utility Office so the Village can coordinate any relocation that might be necessary. In addition, please remember that it is illegal to tamper with any gas or water meter. If you have any questions or need assistance, feel free to call us at 309-266-5361.