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A look at what’s in Pocatello’s drinking water is now available for residents.
This week, staff at the Water Department put nearly 26,000 copies of its Annual Water Quality report in the mail for residents. The document summarizes over 1,500 tests of water quality for more than 100 different compounds over the past year. It also details the source of Pocatello’s drinking water, what is in the water, and the types of risks the City’s treatment and testing prevent.
“We are happy to report that the City continues to provide drinking water that exceeds all State of Idaho and Environmental Protection Agency standards,” said Justin Armstrong, Water Department Superintendent. “The City’s drinking water is our most precious resource and we treat it as such. During our testing we found no instances where contaminants were above action levels or in violation of regulatory limits.”
An action level is the concentration of a contaminant which, if exceeded, triggers treatment or other requirements which a water system must follow. The testing of drinking water and annual report are a requirement of water utilities under the Federal Safe Drinking Water Act.
If you did not receive a report, copies can be picked up at the Water Operations Facility,1889 North Arthur Avenue; City Hall, 911 North. 7th Avenue; or the Marshall Public Library, 113 South Garfield Avenue. A copy of the report can also be found online at pocatello.us/ArchiveCenter/ViewFile/Item/427.
More information on the Water Department and reports from previous years are available at pocatello.us/water.