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EPA declares Asheville’s drinking water safe

Thursday, March 27th, 2008

Asheville released its yearly report on drinking water safety. The report is required of the City by the Environmental Protection Agency. Water samples that were provided to the EPA were analyzed, and the agency found that Asheville’s water is well above quality standards for municipal drinking water. The report is available on the water department website.

The report highlights details about the drinking water that comes out of Asheville Residents’ taps as well as the city’s water treatment programs and water sources. Locals will be getting a copy of the report with their next water bill. To get extra copies, you can call the city’s customer service department at (828) 251-1122.

Asheville asking residents to conserve water

Tuesday, November 27th, 2007

With Western North Carolina still in a drought, Asheville City Government is asking residents to conserve water. This voluntary conservation effort is the first step of a three-phase plan that will be implemented if water consumption in the city cannot be curbed. The Phases are as follows:

Water conservation

Phase I – Voluntary Measures –
The City asks its customers to conserve water as much as possible.

Phase II – Mandatory Measures –
All citizens must conserve water. No irrigation systems can be used, no watering lawns, no washing vehicles at home, reduce clothes washing, etc. Commercial customers are asked to conserve as much water as possible while not impacting their revenue and employees’ jobs.

Phase III – Surcharges Implemented –
Additional charges per unit of water (each 748 gallons) may be imposed to encourage water conservation. The current rate surcharge is $1.40 per unit of water.

Asheville’s primary source of water is the 6 billion gallon North Fork Reservoir in Black Mountain, which is located in a 22,000 acre protected watershed. Asheville also gets water from the Bee Tree and the Mills River water treatment plants. These facilities provide water to all of Asheville.

Asheville uses a computer-based drought management modeling program that helps the city assess how much water is on-hand. The model takes into account current water levels, precipitation, past reservoir levels and recent rainfall to access future drought conditions.