GLEN ROSE - As previously reported by the Reporter, citizens of Somervell County were issued a notice in September which stated that the drinking water exceeded the maximum contaminant levels for trihalomethanes. At that time the Somervell County Water District was in the process of installing a nanofiltration system to resolve the issue.
The installation of the nanofiltration system was completed in late September 2015 and the district is happy to report that the system did its job.
According to SCWD’s general manager, Kevin Taylor the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality tested the water on Dec. 14 and determined that the water serving all SCWD customers is officially safe to drink. The water now meets TCEQ and EPA acceptable standards for the levels of both trihalomethane and haloacetic acids.
Even though the water now meets safety standards, SCWD customers will continue to receive notices that state levels are excessive. Taylor said that the district’s water will have to undergo three more rounds of testing before the annual average is low enough to discontinue the notices.
For any resident still concerned with drinking the water, Taylor said not to be.
If anyone experiences any after tastes from drinking the water, it could just be residual chlorine. Taylor explained that during the winter months’, chlorine remains in the water longer than it does in the summer months - which can lead to that tangy after taste.
Another water issue that is of major concern is water conservation.
In May 2014, SCWD developed a water conservation plan following the rules set forth by the TCEQ and Texas Water Development Board. Since the policy has been in place the district hasn’t encountered any issues with water conservation efforts.
“We are fortunate that we live in a county with adequate water supply and we really didn’t get very low, so our water conservation policy never did kick in,” Taylor stated.
Although, Somervell County isn’t currently facing any issues concerning water conservation. It is a good idea to be proactive and conserve as much as possible.
Here is a list of tips from Home Water Works to help conserve water:
Always wash full loads of laundry and adjust the water level in washer to the amount needed for the load. Install an efficient dishwasher and only wash full loads of dishes. Fix any leaky faucets. A faucet that leaks 60 drops per minute will waste 192 gallons per month, which equals 2,304 gallons per year. Take shorter showers. Reducing a ten-minute shower to just five minutes will save 12.5 gallons of water. Replace any toilet installed before 1992 with high efficiency toilets. Landscape with plants and trees that are native or can adapt to the regional climate and conditions.