Consumer Confidence Report Water Quality Report-2017-ENG - Page 4

Sky high improvements in storage
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Sky high improvements in storage

Water storage tanks are an essential part of any water distribution system . Arlington has ten elevated storage tanks , or water towers , located throughout the city , with capacities from 1 million to 2.5 million gallons each and a total storage capacity of 17.5 million gallons .
As needs change throughout the day , Arlington Water Utilities releases water from elevated storage tanks throughout the city to meet demand . The tanks are also essential for maintaining water pressure . They are part of the hydraulic model that provides some of the top fire protection in the country .
Keeping them in excellent condition is a high priority . So , in 2018 , Arlington ’ s Golden West Elevated Storage Tank , located at 3205 Pleasant Valley Lane , is getting an update . The 2.5-million-gallon tank , which was built in
1983 , was evaluated in 2014 to identify needed updates . Arlington City Council approved project costs of up to $ 1,239,950 in 2017 . A full rehabilitation , including several repairs and a new coating for the exterior and interior of the tank , started in late January . The City of Arlington logo will also be updated . The work is expected to last several months .
Planning for the future is important , too . In January , the Arlington City Council approved
a design contract for a new elevated storage tank to be located near the corner of New York Avenue and Craig Hanking Drive , adjacent to the East Arlington Police Service Center . The 1.5-million-gallon tank will improve water pressures in the area .
Arlington Water Utilities treated more than
18 billion gallons of water in 2017 .
Limiting how much of the water is lost to water main breaks , leaks , and unauthorized consumption is a priority . Over the last few years , Arlington has made significant improvements in two water industry measures : – percentage of water loss and reductions in water use in gallons per resident . These decreases have resulted
20 18 16 14 12 10
in significant savings in raw water , chemical , and electrical costs .
8 6 4 2 0
12.75 %
10.2 %
9 %
Water loss percentage
6.65 %
2014 2015 2016 2017
Substances Expected to be in Drinking Water
The City of Arlington and the State of Texas both analyze your drinking water . Any regulated substances that were detected during the last year are shown in Table A . As shown in the table , all are well below the established maximum contaminant levels . All water dissolves substances from the ground as it flows over and through it . Substances that may be present in raw water include such things as :
microbes salts / metals pesticides / herbicides organic chemicals radioactive substances
Microbes such as viruses and bacteria that come from septic systems , agricultural livestock operations and wildlife
Salts and metals that can be naturally occurring or the result of urban storm water runoff , industrial or domestic wastewater discharges or farming
Pesticides and herbicides that may come from a variety of sources such as agriculture , urban storm water runoff or residential uses
Organic chemical substances that include synthetic and volatile organic chemicals that are by-products of industrial processes and can also come from gas stations and urban storm water runoff
Radioactive substances that are naturally occurring
Contaminants may be found in drinking water that may cause taste , color , or odor problems but are not necessarily causes for health concerns . For more information , call Laboratory Services at 817-575-8984 .

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