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Drinking Water

Drinking waterHave you ever wondered where your drinking water comes from?  Most likely, your water comes from some type of surface reservoir or well.  Surface reservoir water sources may originate from a lake or a dam built on a river.  Wells reach water that is stored underground, and although municipalities may utilize well water, many private land owners utilize wells also.

You may also wonder whether or not your drinking water is safe.  Municipalities generally release annual water quality reports that describe what is present in the water and in what quantities.  Wastewater treatment facilities receive the water that you put down the drain.  Once there, the wastewater undergoes effective cleaning and purification techniques that remove contaminants and make the water safe to consume once again.

For more information about Arkansas municipal water sources and wastewater treatment processes, visit these links:


Other useful links:

  • Arkansas Rural Water Association – This “is a non-profit organization of rural and small publicly owned water and wastewater systems” whose mission is “to provide Arkansas’ Rural Water utilities the highest level of Training and Technical Services in order to obtain Quality Water at the lowest possible cost.”
  • ADH Private Water Testing – Arkansas Department of Health’s description on testing parameters within the Water Microbiology Lab, including instructions for water sample testing submissions.
  • ADH Community Water Fluoridation Program – Includes a description of this ADH program and several resources for learning more about fluoridation.
  • ADH Well Water Testing – Frequently Asked Questions
  • Cyanobacterial Harmful Algal Blooms (CyanoHABs) – EPA’s informational website on CyanoHABs, including definition, detection, effects, research, causes, prevention, mitigation, and policies.
  • SRWP Drinking Water FAQs – A database of Frequently Asked Questions related to Drinking Water and Human Health, developed by the Alabama partnership of the Southern Regional Water Program.