Report to EPA: Durham residents got clean water in 2013

Jun. 30, 2014 @ 04:21 PM

The city of Durham had no violations of water-quality standards in 2013, according to a report released Monday.
The annual report, required by the federal Environmental Protection Agency, provides a rundown of contaminants, water-use education efforts and city improvement projects.
Durham’s tap water showed low levels of fluoride, nitrates, copper, lead and coliform bacteria, the report states.
The city has added fluoride to the drinking water since 1957 to promote dental health, but reduced target levels since the EPA and Centers for Disease Control ruled that lower levels of fluoride could remain effective.
Water department employees reached about 4,000 children and adults last year through activities such as school and university programs, Earth Day and CenterFest, a poster contest, National Fix a Leak Week workshops and water-treatment facility tours.
The city operates two plants that served 26.58 million gallons of water per day to about 263,000 people in Durham. The oldest facility, on Hillandale Road, was built in 1917. The second plant on Infinity Road was built in 1977.
Lake Michie and the Little River Reservoir are two of Durham’s main water sources, although the city also has access to Jordan Lake and Teer Quarry.
Improvements to the Durham water system include:
 Addition of a 3-million gallon elevated water storage tank on Angier Avenue in the fall of 2013. The report states that this tank ensures consistent water pressure and adds fire-suppression capacity in the area.
 Impending replacement of 2.3 miles of deteriorating water lines in downtown Durham, starting in September. The project will cost an estimated $6.8 million.
 A planned request to the North Carolina Department of Environment and Natural Resources for another 6.5 MGD as needed to be drawn from Jordan Lake.

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