All of the water provided by WUM is groundwater. Almost all of southeast Georgia draws groundwater from the Floridan Aquifer System. Groundwater is so good to drink because it is naturally filtered through all the many layers of clay, limestone, and rock in the earth. The Floridan Aquifer System contains some of the most pure, clear, and healthy drinking water available and is like a large lake flowing through the limestone rocks hundreds of feet below the earth’s surface.
Nearly all groundwater picks up mineral deposits as it seeps through the earth. Those mineral deposits may influence the color, taste, and odor of the water. You may notice white spots when water dries on a car, for instance (that is dissolved calcium). And, in some cases, you may notice an egg odor to the water (that is dissolved sulfur). None of these minerals are unsafe or unhealthy to drink. The sulfur odor is usually masked by the chlorine we use to treat the water. If you notice a sulfur odor, call in and we will adjust the chlorine level.
All of the water provided to WUM customers is tested by the Georgia Environmental Protection Division (EPD). The Georgia EPD follows guidelines set by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). The EPA requires screening for contaminants, radiation, bacteria, and high amounts of minerals. In fact, these requirements are more stringent than those the FDA puts on bottled water. If any violations occur, all consumers will be notified. If you desire a summary of these results, consumer confidence reports (CCRs) are available at the office or on this website.
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