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Posted on: April 16, 2020

Drink Up! Our Tap Water Surpasses Federal Requirements

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Our local drinking water surpasses all safe water quality standards established by the Environmental Protection Agency. The Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Utilities 2019 Water Quality Report is available at or

The annual report details test results of water drawn from the Yadkin River and Salem Lake and treated at the Neilson, Thomas and Swann water treatment plants in Forsyth County. This report is required by the EPA and enforced by Division of Water Resources at the North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality.

Bill Brewer, the water treatment superintendent for WSFC Utilities, said, “These are truly unprecedented times we live in. You can rest assured our treatment process and professionally trained staff will continue to deliver safe water directly to your home through the coronavirus pandemic. Our facilities are staffed 24/7 by state-certified operators who monitor our production process at all steps and run more than 850 water quality tests per day. You simply cannot beat the quality and value of tap water delivered to your home every day.”

Tables in the report indicate allowed and ideal levels for regulated and unregulated substances that may be found in water, as well as the average and range of levels detected within the water supply at testing points. Some substances are natural and harmless, while others may present a hazard to human health.

The report also lists physical and mineral characteristics of the water delivered by Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Utilities, source water information, sampling detections in the fourth cycle of the Unregulated Contaminant Monitoring Rule and additional information required by the EPA.

To view current and past reports, visit and click on the Water Quality button or request a copy by calling City Link 311 or 336-727-8000.

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