City of Asheville Water Department recognized by NC Department of Environmental Quality

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Congratulations to City of Asheville Water Department for being recognized by the North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality.

Awards are given each year to water systems that demonstrate outstanding turbidity removal, a key test of drinking water quality. While all drinking water systems must meet strict state and federal drinking water standards, these systems met performance goals that are significantly more stringent than state and federal standards. In 2021, nearly 2.8 million North Carolina residents were served by these award-winning plants.

The Water Treatment plants in the City of Asheville water system that were recognized include:

  • City of Asheville – North Fork Water Treatment Plant
  • City of Asheville – William DeBruhl Water Treatment Plant

Turbidity is a measure of the cloudiness or haziness of water caused by individual particles that can interfere with disinfection and provide a medium for microbial growth. Microbes are microscopic particles that occur naturally but can include harmful bacteria and viruses.

The NC Division of Water Resources is responsible for the environmental protection and quality of the State’s surface water and groundwater, and to ensure safe drinking water for its residents. This authority is granted in accordance with laws, policies and rules established by the U.S Environmental Protection Agency, the N.C. General Assembly, the Environmental Management Commission, and the Commission for Public Health.