Daily Progress, Jacksonville, TX


June 25, 2014

City: ‘We have very good water’

JACKSONVILLE — The City of Jacksonville’s 2013 Water Quality Report has been released, and the news is good.

"Overall, we have very good water," said David Brock, utility director for Jacksonville.

Brock said there was one violation for the last quarter that rolled into this year. However, he said it was a short-lived, non-dangerous violation that occurred after the EPA changed how some calculations are performed.

"We've sampled (the water) since, and we are no longer in violation. So, we've corrected the problem," Brock said.

Brock said the city's chlorine, chloroform and other levels are all normal, falling withing the safe rating.

"A chlorine level at or above 0.2 ppm is required to kill any bacteria that might get into the water by a leak or a line break," Brock said.

The level of chlorine in the city's drinking water was calculated at 1.80.

Effective in January 2013, the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality began allowing water systems to electronically deliver Water Quality Reports to  customers per EPA guidance.  

Brock said information about the report will be provided in water bills with a link directing the customer online.

"But if anyone wants a paper copy, I will fax, mail or email one to them," Brock said.

He said the new option allows city's to save on printing and mailing costs and reduce the amount of waste going to the landfill.

The report also includes water conservation tips, Brock said.

The water quality report is available at, www.jacksonville-texas.com/2013_water_quality_report.pdf.  

To receive a paper copy of the report (by mail or fax) in English or in Spanish, please contact Brock at 903-589-3510.


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