|Utilities Director Tom Jackson|
|Settling sludge -- you can see|
why drinking this would not
promote good health
-- The City's goal is to not use water that's been in the system more than three days in order to ensure against the build-up of bacteria. When you see a hydrant spewing water, the water lines servicing that area are being flushed. (There are 1100 fire hydrants in the City and 40 linear miles of pipes.)
-- The quality of water in Punta Gorda is tested every 20 minutes.
|Color coded pipes at|
water treatment plant
-- It's important to distinguish between aesthetics versus health issues with respect to our water. The (kind of yucky) way PG water tastes falls squarely into the category of aesthetics. It's attributable to the water's hardness and is one reason most people have water softener systems. Once it's up and running (in five-seven years), the RO plant should alleviate some of these aesthetic issues.
I will admit that, like most people, I take for granted being able to turn on a faucet and have clean water flow out for my consumption. (I've taken other plumbing issues for granted as well!) Thanks to the Citizens Academy, Jackson and his first rate team for giving me a greater appreciation of the process. And now it's time to hit the shower.....