Friday, May 3, 2013

MLGW Gets an A+ Report for Water Quality and Purity

We recently began mailing our annual Water Quality Report to all of our water customers. The report is the culmination of a year of laboratory tests revealing that Memphis water is well within Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and Tennessee Department of the Environment and Conservation (TDEC) water purity standards and is safe for area residents to drink. 

All community water systems are required to prepare and distribute an annual water quality report, also referred to as the Consumer Confidence Report (CCR), according to a 1996 Congressional amendment to the Safe Drinking Water Act.

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation (TDEC) prescribe regulations that limit the amount of certain contaminants in water including microbial, inorganic and organic contaminants, pesticides and herbicides, and radioactive impurities. Specialists in MLGW's Water Quality Assurance Laboratory perform numerous tests throughout the year to monitor such components of Memphis water. The 2012 test results reveal that Shelby County water is well within the designated limits, and meets or exceeds all water quality standards set by the EPA and TDEC.

MLGW has always held the distinct honor of operating one of the largest artesian well systems in the world that allows the utility to deliver high quality water to of all of its customers. MLGW provides water to over 900,000 residents in
Memphis and Shelby County, and its low water rates contribute to MLGW having the lowest combined utility rates in the country (

MLGW’s Water Quality Assurance laboratory ensures the quality and safety of our water by conducting thousands of tests every year. Such high testing standards, along with our efforts to protect and promote the importance of preserving our water supply, has earned MLGW numerous awards.

An online copy of MLGW's Water Quality Report can be found at

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