Drink Up! Winston-Salem, Forsyth County Tap Water Meets National Standards
Good News! Winston-Salem, Forsyth County local drinking water meets all safe water quality standards established by the Environmental Protection Agency. The Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Utilities 2018 Water Quality Report is available at cityofws.org/waterquality2018 and cityofws.org/wqr2018espanol.
The annual report details test results of water drawn from the Yadkin River and Salem Lake and treated at three water treatment plants in Forsyth County. It is required by the EPA and enforced by the Division of Water Resources at the North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality.
Bill Brewer, the water treatment superintendent, said, “As in years past, our dedicated staff and treatment process deliver safe water directly to your tap. Due to rigorous industry requirements and continuous monitoring of our production process, you can be assured the water coming out of your faucet is more highly regulated and tested than bottled water. The value can’t be beat.”
The EPA requires that all community water systems provide this information to customers. Neilson, Thomas and Swann water treatment plants conduct regular testing and report data on 16 regulated and unregulated substances such as fluoride, chlorine, lead and copper that may be present in water.
Tables in the report indicate allowed and ideal levels for each substance, as well as the average and range of levels detected within the water supply at testing points. Some substances are natural and harmless, while others may present a hazard to human health.
The report also lists 20 physical and mineral characteristics of water delivered by Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Utilities, source water information, sampling detections in the fourth cycle of the Unregulated Contaminant Monitoring Rule and additional information required by the EPA.
Copies of the report may also be found at Forsyth County Library branches. To receive a copy by mail, contact CityLink Online or call CityLink 311 or 336-727-8000.
About WSFC Utilities: Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Utilities provides high-quality water, sewer and solid waste services through responsible use of resources, reliable delivery and stewardship of the environment. Administrative offices are located in Winston-Salem City Hall with management by the Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Utility Commission, formed by a joint consolidation agreement in 1976.