DID YOU KNOW?
• We meet some of the world’s most stringent water quality standards.
• From foods and beverages to toothpastes and perfumes, water is the
primary ingredient in hundreds of thousands of everyday products.
• In Clackamas County water remains relatively inexpensive, delivered to
you at under a penny per gallon.
• Most of the nearly 300,000 people that get their drinking water from
the Clackamas River do not live in the watershed.
• It is not possible to tell if water is safe to drink by visual examination.
• Without water treatment, preventable waterborne disease such as cholera and dysentery
would be part of everyday life.
• Tap water undergoes far more frequent testing than bottle water.
• The standards set under the Safe Drinking Water Act are some of the most stringent in the world.
• A typical water tower can hold 50 times the amount of water as found in a normal in-ground swimming pool in someone’s backyard (around 25,000 gallons x 50).
• It is a federal offence to tamper with a public water tank, tower, or reservoir.
• During a fire, a raised water reservoir guarantees that there will be enough pressure to keep water flowing through the fire hydrants.
• In the US, there are almost one million miles of distribution systems representing the vast majority of physical infrastructure needed to get safe water from the source to consumer’s tap.
• Most of our water distribution systems are old and are in need of repair and replacement.
• Whether inside or outside your home, a leak can waste hundreds of gallons of water per year.
• Some leaks are easy to see or hear. Others are small. However, big or small, any leak costs
you money and should be repaired as soon as possible.
• In Clackamas County dry barrel fire hydrants are used which makes it nearly impossible for a car to run over a fire hydrant and cause it to gush water like they do in the movies.