Carroll Earned Confidence in Drinking Water | Opinion

Like many of you, I attach great importance to the quality of our drinking water.

I seldom think of its importance each time a tip from the tap.

By nature, I don’t think much about it, unless of course nothing comes out, or worse, the water doesn’t look so good. Somehow, I just expect the faucet to produce the product I desire.

Fortunately, in Carroll, this is almost always the case. The goal has always been to provide our residents with a safe, high quality and reliable supply of drinking water.

Where am I going with all this? The following is a greeting to your City of Carroll Water Department.

Just this week, our longtime director of Carroll Public Works sent me a draft of the 2022 Water System Consumer Confidence Report on Drinking Water Quality. This is a federal reporting requirement filed annually with the EPA. The report identifies potential contaminants and how the city fared in testing for these “constituents.” The report will be displayed, announced, published and delivered to a specified set of recipients in June. I can proudly assure you that the City obtained very good results in this report and that all contaminants are significantly below their limits.

I briefly sat down with Randy to learn more about what to share in this article and came away “eyes up” learning a bit about everything that goes into the treatment process and the scope of service behind the scenes like the rest of us dutifully paying our monthly water bill. And did you know you can pay your water bill online? See our website for how to register or call the front desk at 792-1000.

With so many boil water advisories circulating all over the state and some here nearby, I asked Randy a bit about it. According to Randy, boil order advisories usually stem from the result of a water main break. It has more to do with the repair itself, and whether or not adequate pressurization was maintained during the repair and how much water filled the trench during the mainline repair. Water main breaks can be a fairly common experience, but don’t necessarily result in the need for a boil-out order. In fact, this is rarely the case. After the repair, the process involves testing to ensure that the repair has not led to a risk of unsafe drinking water and is also sent to an independent outside laboratory. If these tests result in substandard quality, a boil order is issued. Most reviews can be corrected within a few days. According to Randy, Carroll’s last boil order was in 2019.

Randy also shared with me a multi-page document titled “Iowa Main Break and Depressurization Guidance” that really made my head spin. Without getting too deep into the weeds, let’s just say that there are so many requirements contained in this document that you can be assured that the City goes above and beyond state and federal requirements to hold its promise of a safe and reliable water supply.

Before closing; I would like to add that the City can only control the delivery of water to your home. What comes out of the faucet always depends on the service line plumbing in your household plumbing and more specifically the variety of materials used in the plumbing components. Lead, for example, can exist in connections and plumbing. For those of us with immunocompromised conditions or other serious health conditions, we may choose to consider additional measures, such as periodic home testing or, in my case, a reverse osmosis system. a local supplier. For more information on testing, contact: the Alcohol Safety Hotline at 800-426-4791.

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