Before we begin to design your system, TrueWaterQuality always researches the quality of your city or town water so we can optimize the filtration of your home’s water. If you have your own well we suggest comprehensive testing. Here are a couple useful resources to explore for those homeowners on Town Water who want to know what’s in their drinking water:
Methuen, MA Water Quality Report
Do You Know Your Town's Water Quality?
Where your Drinking Water Comes From
The only water supply for Methuen’s Water is the surface water from the Merrimack River, which starts in the White Mountains of New Hampshire. The Merrimack River covers over 4,672 square miles between the States of New Hampshire and Massachusetts. Because of the large recharge area the Merrimack River has a very large capacity to supply water even during extended droughts. Over the last 30 years the river has undergone a tremendous change as far as water quality is concerned. Upstream wastewater plants installed in the late 1980’s and elimination of hidden outfalls has contributed to the “B” classification of the river water. Our intake station is directly alongside the river. The treatment plant pumps on average 4.5million gallons per day ( MGD), with our high average in the summer months of 6 MGD and approximately 1.7 billion gallons of drinking water per year. This dramatic increased stress on our water supply is mostly caused by non-essential water use such as lawn irrigation. Methuen retains 10.6 million gallons of water storage in the distribution system. This storage helps maintain consistent water pressure throughout the 200miles of underground pipes that deliver drinking water to homes and businesses.
EWG: Tap Water Database
The Environmental Working Group is a non- profit, non-partisan organization dedicated to protecting human health and the environment.
Since 2010, water utilities’ testing has found pollutants in Americans’ tap water, according to an EWG drinking water quality analysis of 30 million state water records.
The site features research and news about pollutants found in drinking water, Drinking Water Standards and Consumer Reports. What is interesting about the EWG database is that for each type of contaminant found in your town’s water the site shows the “goal” target level in addition to the Federal government’s Maximum allowable level.
Click here to see EWG’s report on Metheun water: click here https://www.ewg.org/tapwater/system.php?pws=MA3206000
The law requires water utilities to communicate specific information to consumers in an annual report by July 1st of each year. This report is known by various names such as a Consumer Confidence Report (CCR), “water quality report,” or “drinking water quality report.”
The CCR provides a wealth of information, including:
The SOURCE of your drinking water (e.g., lake, river, aquifer)
The LEVELS of any contaminants found in your drinking water, and for comparison, the maximum level permitted by the EPA (the EPA’s health-based standard called the “maximum contaminant level”) The POTENTIAL health effects of any contaminant detected at levels higher than the health standard.