DRINKING WATER DISTRIBUTION SYSTEMS
Our water systems have hundreds of miles of transmission, distribution and service lines, hundreds of valves and fire hydrants, reservoirs and pumping stations which move water from our treatment plants to home, offices and industries in our service areas. These systems allow us to provide an uninterrupted supply of pressurized safe drinking water to our consumers.
As these systems age, deterioration can occur due to corrosion, materials erosion, and external pressures that result in water main breaks, storage tank leaks, water pressure fluctuation, and other situations that can pose intermittent or persistent health risks.
Therefore, these systems need to be maintained year-round to ensure that we are able to deliver high quality drinking water to our customers. This is largely done through the conscientious operation and maintenance of the system facilities and includes both preventive and corrective maintenance.
Preventive maintenance is maintenance that is specifically scheduled, while corrective maintenance is not scheduled but is done when a problem, such as a main break, must be corrected to continue satisfactory operation.
Some examples of ongoing operation and maintenance programs include: Water Main Flushing programs, Leak Detection programs, and Meter Maintenance programs.
Water system inventory of fire hydrants and ductile iron pipe.