Pictured is one of the city’s water treatment plants.
City drinking water meets or exceeds all state and federal health standards

Special to Iredell Free News

The City of Statesville has released its 2023 Water Quality Report, which demonstrates that the city’s drinking water meets or exceeds all health standards established by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the N.C. Department of Environmental and Natural Resources (DENR).

Prepared by the City’s Water Resources Department in accordance with the EPA’s National Primary Drinking Water Regulation for Consumer Confidence Reports (CCR), the Statesville Water Quality Report offers comprehensive insights into the city’s drinking water resources, testing methodologies, detected substances, and their respective levels.

The report gives the background on Statesville’s water system, explains the testing and many of the terms used in the information, and provides a variety of useful charts. The report can be viewed online at www.statesvillenc.net/water-quality-report and hard copies can be obtained by calling 704-878-3441.

“We take immense pride in our ability to provide Statesville residents with a dependable supply of safe and affordable drinking water,” said Harry Hull, Statesville’s Water Resources plant supervisor. “Our mission is to uphold public safety and health while contributing to regional economic development. Ensuring the continued quality of our water remains a top priority.”

In recognition of its commitment to excellence, the Water Resources Department has been honored with the N.C. Area Wide Optimization Award by the N.C. Division of Water Resources for the sixth consecutive year. This award is given to water systems demonstrating exceptional turbidity removal, a crucial indicator of drinking water quality. Turbidity, which gauges the cloudiness or haziness of water, can impede disinfection efforts and foster microbial growth. While all drinking water systems must adhere to stringent state and federal standards, these systems surpassed performance goals considerably more rigorous than mandated benchmarks.

However, safeguarding drinking water is a collective responsibility. Simple practices such as proper chemical disposal and recycling used motor oil at designated centers significantly contribute to preserving water sources. Additionally, protecting storm drains is instrumental in safeguarding water resources. Residents can aid in this effort by maintaining drain cleanliness and promptly reporting any drain-related issues to 1-866-4-1-STORM.

With a legacy of serving the community spanning decades, the City of Statesville remains committed to delivering water that complies with over 150 state and federal drinking water standards. Sourced from the Catawba River Basin at Lookout Shoals Lake, with a supplementary backup from the South Yadkin River, the city also maintains interconnections with neighboring municipalities for emergency or routine usage as necessary.