Chattanooga, Tenn. (April 9, 2018) – Drinking water sources are subject to contamination and require appropriate treatment to remove disease-causing agents, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Public drinking water systems use various methods of water treatment to provide safe drinking water for their communities.
“Even while falling as rain, water picks up small amounts of gases, ions, dust, and particulate matter from the atmosphere,” said Kevin Kruchinski, director of operations for Tennessee American Water. “As it flows over or through the surface layers of the earth, it dissolves and carries with it some of almost everything it touches.”
Kruchinski said the added substances might be classified as biological, chemical (organic and inorganic), physical and radiological impurities. They may include industrial and commercial solvents, metal and acid salts, sediments, pesticides, herbicides, plant nutrients, radioactive material, road salts and living organisms such as algae. “Many of these impurities are removed or rendered harmless during the water treatment process in potable drinking water plants,” he said.
“Our local water team constantly monitors the safety and quality of the water we provide, and performs hundreds of tests daily,” Kruchinski said. “As with all water providers, we treat our water with chemicals that are approved by the EPA and the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation (TDEC),” he said. “Usage is based on state and federal drinking water standards, water chemistry, the design of the water treatment facility and the water system goals. A drinking water standard is a definite rule, principle, or measurement that establishes safety by a governmental authority.”
Kruchinski said the steps taken by Tennessee American Water have led to the company having no Notices of Violation in its over 130-year service, providing quality water throughout the community. Through its capital rider program, Tennessee American Water is making $20 million in infrastructure investments with a monthly impact of $0.71 on
the average Chattanooga residential customer bill.
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Tennessee American Water, a subsidiary of American Water (NYSE: AWK), is the largest investor-owned water utility in the state, providing high-quality and reliable water services to approximately 375,000 people in Tennessee and northern Georgia. With a history dating back to 1886, American Water is the largest and most geographically diverse U.S. publicly-traded water and wastewater utility company. The company employs more than 6,900 dedicated professionals who provide regulated and market-based drinking water, wastewater and other related services to an estimated 15 million people in 46 states and Ontario, Canada. American Water provides safe, clean, affordable and reliable water services to our customers to make sure we keep their lives flowing. More information can be found by visiting www.tennesseeamwater.com.
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