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Water Monitoring

What We Monitor:

As water travels through rivers, streams, lakes, reservoirs, or the ground, it dissolves naturally occurring minerals or, in some cases, radioactive material or substances from animal or human activities.

To make sure our water system stays safe to drink, the Water Department staff monitor for the following:

Microbial Contaminants -

Microbial contaminants include viruses and bacteria. These contaminants may come from sources such as septic systems, livestock operations, or wildlife.

Inorganic Contaminants -

Inorganic contaminants include salts and metals. These can be naturally occurring or result from urban storm water runoff, industrial discharges, oil and gas production, mining, or farming.

Pesticides and Herbicides -

Pesticides and herbicides can come from a variety of sources. The most common are urban storm water runoff, agricultural practices, or residential uses.