When you take a drink of tap water, have you ever thought of the process it goes through to ensure high quality standards? The District has a staff of chemists, biologists and lab technicians who test and analyze the water from our three water treatment plants (Florence, Platte South and Platte West) to make sure it meets every state and federal standard for safe drinking water.
The biologist is responsible for knowing the regulations and restrictions from the Nebraska Department of Health & Human Services, the Nebraska Department of Environmental Quality and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.
The biologist is certified to test for the bacterial program (Coliform) and parasites (Cryptosporidium and Giardia), taking 250-300 samples a month to ensure safe tap water.
One week a month he is responsible for setting treatment rates at all three water plants as well as responding to after-hour customer complaints. He also orders treatment chemicals for the water and lab supplies.
Every water main break or water main extension requires a water sample to be taken in that location. Samples are taken from affected residences or commercial businesses and sent to our lab, with results back within 18-24 hours.
So next time you enjoy a glass of water, think of our water quality employees who take the necessary steps to ensure clean, safe tap water!
To read more on the 2013 Water Quality report click here: http://www.mudomaha.com/sites/default/files/CCR2013.pdf.