Wednesday April 21, 2010 | Water Quality

April 20, 2010 at 12:55 pm | Posted in Coming Up | 18 Comments

According to recent studies, several of Charlotte’s water sources have been deemed “impaired.” Water supply and quality is often in the news, so today we will take a look at the health of our drinking water. Area experts work on these challenges every day and they will help us understand the process that results in clean drinking water coming out of our faucets every day. We look at the water treatment process from start to finish.
Marcia Allocco
– Acting Supervisor, Mooresville Reg. Office, NC Water Quality Division
Rusty Rozzelle – Manager, Water Quality Program of Mecklenburg County
Barry Gullett – Interim Director, Charlotte Mecklenburg Utilities

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  1. My retired parents travel around the country throughout the year. When they are in town, my dad always comments on how good the water is in Charlotte. (I live in a 50-year-old house, no water filters, just straight-from-the-tap water.) So it’s interesting to hear that someone who tastes water throughout the country thinks our water is good.

  2. People choosing bottled water over tap always struck me as a “status symbol” and I personally have concerns about the environmental impact as lot of those plastic water bottles end up in the trash rather than being recycled.

    It’s so easy to utilize a reusable water bottle filled from the tap at home or drinking fountains elsewhere.

    • flouride and everything else goes into the water table and thusly into your well water. You still need to filter your water for bathing and reverse osmossis for drinking.

  3. Why does the USA still add fluoride to its water supply when many nations started using it but have now discontinued the process? Following the lead of the USA many European and Asian nations used to add fluoride to their public water supplies, but most of them have now stopped doing so. –

    Also, why is the use of chloramine replacing chlorine as a water disinfectant in many areas of the USA? –

    • I also wonder why fluoride is still being used. Does DDT ring a bell? I am in no way an activist but I am extremely glad I have a well that supplies my water. Adding stuff like fluoride to water, under the name of Dental Health seems asinine.
      For a glimpse of another angle, since all of this information operates on angles, it may be worth checking out Fluoride Deception.

      • flouride and everything else goes into the water table and thusly into your well water. You still need to filter your water for bathing and reverse osmossis for drinking.

  4. Charlotte water may be perfectly safe, but it doesn’t taste great. Having lived here for almost six years, I’m used to it, but when I first moved here it was hard for me to drink a glass of tap water. I have had visiting friends ask, “You drink this stuff?!” A friend of mine who recently moved from a house with well water to a house with city water likens the taste to bleach. She’s right; there is a chlorine taste to it, but there are other tastes, too.

    Also, I have noticed that every now and then we will have a day where the chlorine taste and smell is much stronger than usual, and when the shower is running my bathroom smells like a swimming pool. Why is that?

  5. I live in the city center. If our water is so good then why do we weekly get this horrible red stain in our sinks, toilet bowls etc. Is this the city pipes? Our building was just built in 2002.

    • “this horrible red stain in our sinks, toilet bowls etc.”

      Sounds like you are getting a bit of NC’s red clay/red dirt in your specific water supply – probably an issue where a bit of that red sediment is getting in to the pipes.

  6. The Catawba river is not a very large river even though the impoundments along it make it seem bigger than it is. It therefore seems that municipal treated water should be used carefully.

  7. New York City has excellent water, and to pay for this great system they charge a small tax on bottled water which discourages bottled water use that destroys the environment (plastics, transportation, carbon footprint of recycling, etc).

    We’re already paying $1-1.50 per bottle. I’m sure no one would notice a couple cents more into that cost since it’s so ridiculously expensive in comparison to our tap.

    Can’t we use this to support our potable water challenges?

  8. Mike – one reason acidity could be going up is the same reason the acidity is rising in the oceans, namely, excess carbon and pollution in our atmosphere.

    – Charles

  9. If I can trust the water sourced to us students at the University (UNCC), I think that says enough! Doesn’t always smell THE best but hope these water additives will help during this semesters upcoming finals.

  10. Is ammonia added during treatment to our water? if so, for what purpose?

    Is anything being done about the traces of medications, hormones, etc, that are now being found in water?

  11. Are the instruments @ the water treatment plant ever disassembled and cleaned or, does the cleaning process always involve the “back washing” of the equipment? Thank you. L J

  12. There is actually a company right down the road from Charlotte called ‘Filters Fast’ (located in Indian Trail/Monroe area) which sells thousands of water filtration devices through their website –

    If you want to filter ALL the water in your home, you need to get a whole house filter housing like a caller in to the show talked about; they vary by size, price, and quality: – this connects to the main water line in your home and filters all of the water coming through that line before it ever reaches your faucet, fridge, shower, etc.

    Then you go and get a filter which fits in the specific filter housing you bought; you can get sediment filters, chlorine filters, etc…there are dozens of different types and sizes depending on the filter housing you buy: some are 20 inches long, others only 10. Some allow for higher flow, others for lower-flow. An example of a top of the line whole house filter system is the following:

    And then of course you can also add water filters to all of the various point-of-use areas in your home – for instance, people add filters directly to their faucets, refrigerators, showers, etc.

    It really is amazing how many thousands of different water filters there are. So if you are looking to get some support a local Charlotte-area business and check out Filters Fast –

  13. Believe it or not the municipal efforts to clean up the water in our great Queen city are great. The average family of four conumes nearly 100,000 gallons of water per year according the the Water Quality Association. The Greater Charlotte Area is made up of nearly 1.5 million people. That is a tremendous amount of water that is supplied to us each and every day. While we may not like the taste or smell of water in this city, the water is very safe. Chlorine or Chloromines are added to the water to disinfect the water supply of potential disease causing bacteria.

    Most people prefer the taste of bottled water to tap water.

  14. Con’t from 4-21-2010

    However, this gets extremely expensive. The average consumer of bottled water spends about $400 each year. The bigger problem is where do all those bottles go? Every second of the day 1500 plastic bottles becond garbage in the US. Thats about 28 BILLION bottles each year. This is creating a tremendous toll on our environment.

    The water is safe but if you don’t like the way it taste or smells you can improve it. The city is NEVER going to give you bottled water taste out of your tap. They simply can’t afford to do so.

    You can spend money on several different point of use filters as mentioned above in a previous thread. However,there is a better way. Lifesource Water Systems is a whole house water solution. Every tub, shower, faucet and even your hot water heater has to come through our system first. There is zero maintanance, no filters to change and no salt to add for a staggering 16 years or 1.6 million gallons. There is nothing on the market that even comes close.

    You owe it to yourself to check our our website. We have been in business for 25 years and have installed over 40,000 water systems. Please email me if you have any questions. I welcome your comments. Also, email me if you would like to have a free water evaluation and price analysis for your home. You will be pleasantly surprised at the minimum investment.

    Water is 70% of our bodies. We need to drink a minimum of 8 glasses a day just to replinish what our bodies lose every day. Email me today if you don’t like the taste or smell of yours.

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