HOT SPRINGS – In a report just received from the Arkansas Health Department on the City of Hot Springs’ 2013 compliance with raw, settled and finished water turbidities, the city was found to be in 100% compliance with program guidelines 100% of the time.
This achievement compares with statewide findings from 79 surface water systems, whereby 65% of them failed to meet the goal of finished water turbidity of 0.10 nephelometric turbidity units (NTU) 95% of the time.
Water samples from the Lakeside and Ouachita water treatment plants were analyzed according to the following categories: Highest Daily Raw, Settled and Finished Turbidity; Highest Daily Finished Water Turbidity; and Frequency of Occurrence for highest Daily Finished Water Turbidity. The attached report details the criteria used in assessing the water.
The City of Hot Springs voluntarily participates in ADH’s Arkansas Surface Water Optimization Program, which is designed to maximize public health protection from microbial contaminate and to ensure compliance with the Safe Drinking Water Act.
“Since the quality of raw water available for us to treat is not always optimal in terms of turbidity, city staff’s ability to manage available resources and consistently produce a superior product is nothing short of astounding,” said Utilities Director Scott Bundy. “This impressive achievement is a testament to our water treatment staff’s commitment to providing our customers with the highest quality water.”