All water delivered by the District to each customer’s faucet comes directly from two local groundwater basins and is minimally treated. Together, the groundwater basins contain over 600,000 acre-feet of water, or over 195 billion gallons.
Only a portion of the local groundwater can be used for drinking water. The basins consist of three layers, with the top layer comprised of high quality water ready to go to customers. The lower two layers contain more minerals, are harder to reach, and cannot be used to supply water to the District. The District diligently seeks to protect its water from potential contaminants. Each month, the District conducts nearly 30 water quality tests so that customers can be confident they are receiving safe, high-quality water.
Maintaining Your Septic System You can help protect local groundwater supplies by maintaining your septic tank on a regular basis. Below are some helpful tips for proper use and maintenance of your septic system:
• Reduce household water use. The more water put into the system, the less opportunity the wastewater has to settle in the holding tank and the less opportunity the bacteria have to break down the solids. • Restrict the use of your garbage disposal. • Do not pour grease or cooking oils down the sink drain. • Have the system checked annually to keep it working properly and determine when the system should be pumped • Don’t park automobiles and heavy equipment on top of the septic tank. • Don’t build additions, pools, driveways, or other construction work on or near the septic system or the drainage area. • Pesticides, paints, paint thinners, solvents, bleach, disinfectants, poisons, and other household chemicals should not be dumped down the drain into a septic system because they may kill microorganisms in the tank and the soil that help purify the effluent.
For more information, click here to see the United States Environmental Protection Agency’s Homeowner Guide.