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A Primer on Water Quality
Is your water safe for drinking?
Can fish and other aquatic life thrive in streams and lakes that are affected by human activities? What is the water quality? To answer these questions, it is helpful to understand what “water quality” means.
What is “water quality?”
Water quality is a measure of the suitability of water for a particular use based on physical, chemical, and biological characteristics. To determine water quality, scientists measure and analyze characteristics of the water such as temperature, characteristics are then compared to numeric standards and guidelines to decide if the water is suitable for a particular use.
How is water quality measured?
Some aspects of water quality can be determined in the stream or at the well. These include temperature, acidity (pH), dissolved oxygen, and electrical conductance (an indirect indicator of dissolved minerals in the water). Analyses of individual chemicals generally are done at a laboratory.
Why are there water-quality standards and guidelines?
Standards and guidelines are established to protect water for designated uses such as drinking, recreation, agricultural irrigation, or protection and maintenance of aquatic life. Standards for drinking-water quality ensure that public drinking-water supplies are as safe as possible. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA) and the States are responsible for establishing the standards for constituents in water that have been shown to pose a risk to human health.
There When You Need Us
Annually, the City of Pearland produces a water quality report covering all testing performed between January 1 and December 31, 2016. Over the years, the City has been dedicated to producing drinking water that meets all state and federal standards and continually strives to adopt new methods for delivering the best quality drinking water to you. As new challenges to drinking water safety emerge, Pearland remains vigilant in meeting the goals of source water protection, water conservation and community education while continuing to serve the needs of water users. Remember that our friendly Public Works representatives are always available to assist you if you have questions or concerns about your water.
The City of Pearland uses Resident Alerts to communicate with thousands of businesses and residents in minutes during an emergency. To sign up to receive alerts, visit pearlandtx.gov/alerts to self-register by providing the contact information you prefer. Through the system, the City alerts residents about: severe weather, fires, floods, toxic environmental issues, interruptions of water or sewer services, and other critical information. In addition, residents can opt in to receive: traffic alerts, general City news, and more.
Do Your Part to Keep Our Water Clean:
• To avoid chemical runoff to our waterways, apply herbicides and pesticides per manufacturer’s specifications.
• Water Wisely. Watering too heavily or too often weakens your lawn and causes erosion and runoff pollution.
• Collect your food scraps, oil, and grease to avoid clogging sewer lines, which can cause overflow that pollute nearby creeks and streams.
• When performing preventative maintenance on your vehicles NEVER pour used fluids down the storm drains. This is a major source of contamination of Texas waterways.
• Check your car, boat, motorcycle, and other equipment for leaks and spills. Make repairs as soon as possible. Clean up spilled fluids with kitty litter or sand.
• Have your septic system inspected every 2 years, and have the septic tank pumped as necessary – usually every 3 to 5 years.
Sources of Drinking Water
In order to ensure that tap water is safe to drink, the EPA prescribes regulations which limit the amount of certain contaminants in water provided by public water systems. FDA regulations establish limits for contaminants in bottled water which must provide the same protection for public health.
Contaminants may be found in drinking water that may cause taste, color, or odor problems. These types of problems are not necessarily causes for health concerns. For more information on taste, odor, or color of drinking water, please contact the system's business office.
You may be more vulnerable than the general population to certain microbial contaminants, such as Cryptosporidium, in drinking water. Infants, some elderly, or immunocompromised persons such as those undergoing chemotherapy for cancer; persons who have undergone organ transplants; those who are undergoing treatment with steroids; and people with HIV/AIDS or other immune system disorders, can be particularly at risk from infections.
You should seek advice about drinking water from your physician or health care providers Additional guidelines on appropriate means to lessen the risk of infection by Cryptosporidium are available from the Safe Drinking Water Hotline at 800.426.4791.
If present, elevated levels of lead can cause serious health problems, especially for pregnant women and young children. Lead in drinking water is primarily from materials and components associated with service lines and home plumbing.
We are responsible for providing high-quality drinking water, but we cannot control the variety of materials used in plumbing components. When your water has been sitting for several hours, you can minimize the potential for lead exposure by flushing your tap for 30 seconds to 2 minutes before using water for drinking or cooking. If you are concerned about lead in your water, you may wish to have your water tested. Information on lead in drinking water, testing methods, and steps you can take to minimize exposure is available from the Safe Drinking Water Hotline or at epa.gov/safewater/lead.
Information about Source Water Assessments
The TCEQ completed an assessment of your source water and results indicate that some of your sources are susceptible to certain contaminants. The sampling requirements for your water system are based on this susceptibility and previous sample data. Any detections of these contaminants may be found in this Consumer Confident Report. For more information on source water assessments and protection efforts at our system, contact Tracy Sambrano at 281.924.8251.
For more information about your sources of water, please refer to the Source Water Assessment Viewer available at the following URL: tceq.texas.gov/gis/swaview.
Further details about sources and source-water assessments are available in Drinking Water Watch at the following URL: dww2.tceq.texas.gov/DWW.
Where Does My Water Come From?
The City of Pearland water production customers are fortunate because Pearland enjoys an abundant water supply from two sources. The water wells draw water from the Chico and Evangelist aquifers. The second source is water purchased from the City of Houston. Combined, the City’s treatment facilities provide roughly 3.5 billion gallons of clean drinking water every year. Our water supply is part of the Gulf Coast Watershed. To learn more about our watershed on the Internet, go to the U.S. Surf Your Watershed page at epa.gov/surf.
Important Health Information
While your drinking water meets the U.S. EPA’s standard for arsenic, it does contain low levels of arsenic. The U.S. EPA’s standard balances the current understanding of arsenic’s possible health effects against the cost of removing arsenic from drinking water. The U.S. EPA continues to research the health effects of low levels of arsenic, which is a mineral known to cause cancer in humans at high concentrations and is linked to other health effects such as skin damage and circulatory problems.
You may be more vulnerable than the general population to certain microbial contaminants, such as Cryptosporidium in drinking water. Infants, some elderly, or immunocompromised persons such as those undergoing chemotherapy for cancer; those who have undergone organ transplants; those who are undergoing treatment with steroids; and people with HIV/AIDS or other immune system disorders can be particularly at risk from infections. You should seek advice about drinking water from your physician or health care provider. Additional guidelines on appropriate means to lessen the risk of infection by Cryptosporidium are available from the Safe Drinking Water Hotline at 800.426.4791.