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Hicksville Water Station

Water Quality

Our water is continually tested for all parameters in accordance with all state and federal (EPA) standards. If you have a concern about your water quality you may call the Utility Department at (419) 542-8224.

To protect you from waterborne diseases, a small amount of chlorine is added to your water at the water plant. According to EPA regulations, a minimum of 0.2mg/L of chlorine must be present in our distribution system. If you wish to decrease the amount of chlorine in your water (example: fish tanks or refrigerated water) you can fill a clean container, leave it partially covered, and allow it to stand overnight. The chlorine will dissipate. You can speed the process by warming the water.

Cloudy of milky-looking water is usually caused by dissolved air bubbles coming out of the water and is harmless. The air bubbles can be caused by pressure or temperature changes, water that is too hot (above 400 degrees F), and faucet aeration. If you let the water stand in a container the cloudiness will clear in a minute or two from the bottom up.

Rusty or yellow water occurs when rust deposits are stirred up by an extreme change in water flow through water pipes or main lines. These changes in water flow may occur due to a water line break, when the hydrants are flushed or used to fight a fire. Rusty water will generally clear up within 2 to 3 hours after the line has been repaired or the hydrant closed. If your water looks rusty it can stain fabric. If any fabric is stained, keep it moist, obtain a rust removal product from a grocery or hardware store and follow the directions. Try not to run the hot water taps as this may draw whatever rust is present into your hot water tank.

All public water suppliers are regulated by the Safe Drinking Water Act to provide information about lead in drinking water. There is no lead in the water coming from our Water Treatment Plant. However, lead contamination can occur if:

  1. Your home has lead pipes.
  2. Your home is less than 5 years old and has copper pipes joint by a tin/lead solder, which has since been outlawed.
  3. Tin/lead solder has been used to repair or install copper plumbing within the last 5 years.

To minimize the possibility of exposure to lead after water has been standing in the pipes overnight, flush the cold water system until the water runs cold. These precautions are important to remember since lead (from any source) can cause damage to the human red blood cells, nervous system, kidneys and brain. The highest risk groups, even with short term exposure, are children and pregnant women.