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Pocatello residents can now take a look at what’s in their drinking water.
Recently, the staff of the City of Pocatello Water Department mailed out roughly 26,000 copies of its Annual Water Quality Report to residents. The document summarizes over 1,500 tests on water quality for more than 100 different compounds over the past year. It also details the source of Pocatello’s drinking water, what is in the water, and the types of risks the City’s treatment and testing prevent.
“We are happy to say that the City continues to provide drinking water that exceeds all State of Idaho and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency standards,” said Justin Armstrong, Water Department Superintendent. “Our drinking water is our most precious resource and we treat it as such.”
The testing of drinking water and annual report are a requirement of water utilities under the Federal Safe Drinking Water Act. The report also contains tips to help residents reduce their water consumption for both indoor and outdoor use.
“It only takes a little effort to save a lot of water,” Armstrong said. “For example, repairing a leaky faucet could reduce your consumption by more than 3,000 gallons per year. Meanwhile, shortening your showers by just two minutes could save you more than 4,000 gallons per year.”
If you did not receive a report, copies can be picked up at the Water Operations Facility,1889 North Arthur Avenue; City Hall, 911 North. 7th Avenue; or the Marshall Public Library, 113 South Garfield Avenue. A copy of the report can also be found online at pocatello.us/ArchiveCenter/ViewFile/Item/510.
For more information on the City of Pocatello Water Department, visit pocatello.us/water.