Water quality and advisories

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Water Quality

 

View the 2018 Water Quality Report.

 

City of Asheville was awarded the prestigious Area Wide Optimization Award by NC Department of Environmental Quality.

A note about Manganese:

Manganese is naturally present in the reservoirs that serve Asheville and Buncombe County. Manganese is an essential nutrient; it is recommended to receive 2 to 5 mg/day for adults and 0.3 to 0.6 mg/day for infants. A US EPA reviewed study has shown that manganese levels below 0.17 mg/L in drinking water showed no-adverse-health-effect-level (NOAEL). During normal operation, the manganese level of City of Asheville water stays well below our Secondary Maximum Contaminant Level (SMCL) of 0.05 mg/L. During discolored water events, manganese levels could temporarily exceed the 0.17 mg/L NOAEL. The US EPA Lifetime Health Advisory (HA) for manganese is 0.3 mg/L (for a 22 pound child consuming 1 Liter of water per day, the 1 day & 10 day Health Advisory is 1.0 mg/L). However, it is advised that for infants younger than 6 months, the lifetime HA of 0.3 mg/L be used even for an acute exposure of 10 days.

 

View the latest laboratory test results for discolored water calls (and/or special samples during construction or line breaks).

View 2019 laboratory results from discolored water calls.

Read frequently asked questions regarding discolored water.

See guidelines for customers who experience discolored water.

Learn more about the City of Asheville’s source, treatment steps, and water quality.

 


Advisories and Outages

 

Frequently Asked Questions regarding Boil Water Advisories and Notices.

Notice: While the information below is frequently refreshed, it may not always be updated in real time. To be notified immediately of advisories or outages in your area, register with AVL Alert!

 

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  • BWA at 444 Riverside Drive on Monday, February 17, 2020 at 10:12pm
    on February 17, 2020 at 10:13 PM

    City of Asheville Boil Water Advisory (BWA) The City of Asheville (COA) Water Resources Department would like to report an emergency water interruption due to a waterline repair on/in _444 Riverside Drive_. This interruption of water requires issuance of a Boil Water Advisory. COA encourages customers to vigorously boil tap water for 1 minute before consuming it. COA is performing laboratory testing and the advisory will be lifted when tests confirm the possibility of risk is not present. Customers will receive notification that the advisory has been lifted via the same communication process as this advisory. When water systems experience low pressure or lose pressure, there is an increased risk of contamination. This does not mean that the water is contaminated, but that the possibility exists. Once pressure returns, there is the possibility that some discolored water or air could be present in the lines. Customers are advised to run cold water for 5-10 minutes or until water is clear. Properties in the affected areas are receiving this notification via the COA automated system or door hangers. Residents may register for automated alerts by clicking on the AVL Alert Sign Up Link https://member.everbridge.net/index/453003085611892#/login For further information, please call 251-1122, or visit https://www.ashevillenc.gov/service/water-quality-advisories/ Thank You, City of Asheville Water Resources Department Issued By: D McKinney Number of Customers Affected: 2

  • Lift of BWA at Jeffress Avenue from Brooklyn Road to Century Boulevard] on [2/15/20] @ [09:02]
    on February 15, 2020 at 9:01 AM

    City of Asheville Lifts Boil Water Advisory The City of Asheville (COA) Water Resources Department would like to officially lift the Boil Water Advisory on/in Jeffress Avenue from Brooklyn Road to Century Boulevard. Laboratory results have confirmed that the water supply is free from contaminants. It is NO longer necessary for customers to boil water before consuming. Customers may return to normal water usage for any and all purposes but we suggest you flush cold water lines for 5-10 minutes before using. Properties in the affected areas are receiving this notification via the COA automated system or door hangers. Residents may register for automated alerts by clicking on the AVL Alert Sign Up Link https://member.everbridge.net/index/453003085611892#/login For further information, please call 251-1122, or visit https://www.ashevillenc.gov/service/water-quality-advisories/. Thank You, City of Asheville Water Resources Department

  • BWA at Jeffress Avenue on Friday, February 14, 2020 at 9:00am
    on February 14, 2020 at 9:29 AM

    City of Asheville Boil Water Advisory (BWA) The City of Asheville (COA) Water Resources Department would like to report an emergency water interruption due to a waterline repair on/in _Jeffress Avenue from Brooklyn Road to Century Boulevard_. This interruption of water requires issuance of a Boil Water Advisory. COA encourages customers to vigorously boil tap water for 1 minute before consuming it. COA is performing laboratory testing and the advisory will be lifted when tests confirm the possibility of risk is not present. Customers will receive notification that the advisory has been lifted via the same communication process as this advisory. When water systems experience low pressure or lose pressure, there is an increased risk of contamination. This does not mean that the water is contaminated, but that the possibility exists. Once pressure returns, there is the possibility that some discolored water or air could be present in the lines. Customers are advised to run cold water for 5-10 minutes or until water is clear. Properties in the affected areas are receiving this notification via the COA automated system or door hangers. Residents may register for automated alerts by clicking on the AVL Alert Sign Up Link https://member.everbridge.net/index/453003085611892#/login For further information, please call 251-1122, or visit https://www.ashevillenc.gov/service/water-quality-advisories/ Thank You, City of Asheville Water Resources Department Issued By: S Hollister Number of Customers Affected: 11

  • Scheduled Water Interruption West Walnut Street on Tuesday, February 18, 2020 at 8:00am
    on February 13, 2020 at 10:06 AM

    SCHEDULED WATER INTERRUPTIONS FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE February 13, 2020 City of Asheville Contact Water Maintenance Division Phone 259-5975 City of Asheville Water Interruption on West Walnut Street is scheduled for Tuesday, February 18, 2020. The City of Asheville has scheduled the following water interruption for water valve, hydrant replacements, general system maintenance or connection of new water infrastructure by a contractor into the City of Asheville water system. In the North District, the affected areas are West Walnut Street from Haywood Street to North Lexington Avenue and Rankin Avenue from College Street to Hiawassee Street. This shutdown is scheduled for Tuesday, February 18, 2020 from 8:00am to 4:00pm. Surrounding areas may experience no water to low pressure during this interruption. When the work is completed customers may experience discolored water or air in the lines and are advised to wait until the water is clear before using it. Properties in the affected areas are receiving this notification by telephone via the City of Asheville automated system. Residents may register home or business numbers, cell phone numbers, and toll free numbers by clicking on the AVL Alert Sign Up link https://member.everbridge.net/index/453003085611892#/login. For more information please contact 259-5975 Monday through Friday from 8 AM to 5 PM. Issued By: T Mortier Impact #131

  • Scheduled Water Interruption 444 Riverside Drive on Monday, February 17, 2020 at 10:00pm
    on February 12, 2020 at 1:14 PM

    SCHEDULED WATER INTERRUPTIONS FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE February 12, 2020 City of Asheville Contact Water Maintenance Division Phone 259-5975 City of Asheville Water Interruption on 444 Riverside Drive is scheduled for Monday, February 17, 2020. The City of Asheville has scheduled the following water interruption for water valve, hydrant replacements, general system maintenance or connection of new water infrastructure by a contractor into the City of Asheville water system. In the North District, the affected areas are 444 Riverside Drive. This shutdown is scheduled for Monday, February 17, 2020 from 10:00pm to 6:00am on Tuesday, February 18, 2020. Surrounding areas may experience no water to low pressure during this interruption. When the work is completed customers may experience discolored water or air in the lines and are advised to wait until the water is clear before using it. Properties in the affected areas are receiving this notification by telephone via the City of Asheville automated system. Residents may register home or business numbers, cell phone numbers, and toll free numbers by clicking on the AVL Alert Sign Up link https://member.everbridge.net/index/453003085611892#/login. For more information please contact 259-5975 Monday through Friday from 8 AM to 5 PM. Issued By: T Mortier 2

  • Lift of BWA at 1 Meadow Rd on 2-18-20 @ 7:48 PM
    on February 18, 2020 at 7:55 PM

    City of Asheville Lifts Boil Water Advisory The City of Asheville (COA) Water Resources Department would like to officially lift the Boil Water Advisory on/in 1 Meadow Road from Short McDowell Street to Biltmore Avenue on 2-18-20 @ 7:48 PM. Laboratory results have confirmed that the water supply is free from contaminants. It is NO longer necessary for customers to boil water before consuming. Customers may return to normal water usage for any and all purposes but we suggest you flush cold water lines for 5-10 minutes before using. Properties in the affected areas are receiving this notification via the COA automated system or door hangers. Residents may register for automated alerts by clicking on the AVL Alert Sign Up Link https://member.everbridge.net/index/453003085611892#/login For further information, please call 251-1122, or visit https://www.ashevillenc.gov/service/water-quality-advisories/. Thank You, City of Asheville Water Resources Department

  • BWA at West Walnut Street on 2-18-20 @ 9:45 am
    on February 18, 2020 at 9:47 AM

    City of Asheville Boil Water Advisory (BWA) The City of Asheville (COA) Water Resources Department would like to report an emergency water interruption due to a waterline repair on/in West Walnut Street from Haywood Street to North Lexington Avenue and Rankin Avenue from College Street to Hiawassee Street. This interruption of water requires issuance of a Boil Water Advisory. COA encourages customers to vigorously boil tap water for 1 minute before consuming it. COA is performing laboratory testing and the advisory will be lifted when tests confirm the possibility of risk is not present. Customers will receive notification that the advisory has been lifted via the same communication process as this advisory. When water systems experience low pressure or lose pressure, there is an increased risk of contamination. This does not mean that the water is contaminated, but that the possibility exists. Once pressure returns, there is the possibility that some discolored water or air could be present in the lines. Customers are advised to run cold water for 5-10 minutes or until water is clear. Properties in the affected areas are receiving this notification via the COA automated system or door hangers. Residents may register for automated alerts by clicking on the AVL Alert Sign Up Link https://member.everbridge.net/index/453003085611892#/login. For further information, please call 251-1122, or visit https://www.ashevillenc.gov/service/water-quality-advisories/ Thank You, City of Asheville Water Resources Department

  • BWA at 444 Riverside Drive on Monday, February 17, 2020 at 10:12pm
    on February 17, 2020 at 10:13 PM

    City of Asheville Boil Water Advisory (BWA) The City of Asheville (COA) Water Resources Department would like to report an emergency water interruption due to a waterline repair on/in _444 Riverside Drive_. This interruption of water requires issuance of a Boil Water Advisory. COA encourages customers to vigorously boil tap water for 1 minute before consuming it. COA is performing laboratory testing and the advisory will be lifted when tests confirm the possibility of risk is not present. Customers will receive notification that the advisory has been lifted via the same communication process as this advisory. When water systems experience low pressure or lose pressure, there is an increased risk of contamination. This does not mean that the water is contaminated, but that the possibility exists. Once pressure returns, there is the possibility that some discolored water or air could be present in the lines. Customers are advised to run cold water for 5-10 minutes or until water is clear. Properties in the affected areas are receiving this notification via the COA automated system or door hangers. Residents may register for automated alerts by clicking on the AVL Alert Sign Up Link https://member.everbridge.net/index/453003085611892#/login For further information, please call 251-1122, or visit https://www.ashevillenc.gov/service/water-quality-advisories/ Thank You, City of Asheville Water Resources Department Issued By: D McKinney Number of Customers Affected: 2

  • BWA at 1 Meadow Road on Monday, February 17, 2020 at 2:55pm
    on February 17, 2020 at 2:59 PM

    City of Asheville Boil Water Advisory (BWA) The City of Asheville (COA) Water Resources Department would like to report an emergency water interruption due to a waterline repair on/in _1 Meadow Road from Short McDowell Street to Biltmore Avenue_. This interruption of water requires issuance of a Boil Water Advisory. COA encourages customers to vigorously boil tap water for 1 minute before consuming it. COA is performing laboratory testing and the advisory will be lifted when tests confirm the possibility of risk is not present. Customers will receive notification that the advisory has been lifted via the same communication process as this advisory. When water systems experience low pressure or lose pressure, there is an increased risk of contamination. This does not mean that the water is contaminated, but that the possibility exists. Once pressure returns, there is the possibility that some discolored water or air could be present in the lines. Customers are advised to run cold water for 5-10 minutes or until water is clear. Properties in the affected areas are receiving this notification via the COA automated system or door hangers. Residents may register for automated alerts by clicking on the AVL Alert Sign Up Link https://member.everbridge.net/index/453003085611892#/login For further information, please call 251-1122, or visit https://www.ashevillenc.gov/service/water-quality-advisories/ Thank You, City of Asheville Water Resources Department Issued By: D Bailey Number of Customers Affected: 11

  • Lift of BWA at _All Souls Crescent from Lodge Street to Vanderbilt Road including Boston Way and Angle ] on [2/15/20] @ [0906]
    on February 15, 2020 at 9:07 AM

    City of Asheville Lifts Boil Water Advisory The City of Asheville (COA) Water Resources Department would like to officially lift the Boil Water Advisory on/in All Souls Crescent from Lodge Street to Vanderbilt Road including Boston Way and Angle Street. Laboratory results have confirmed that the water supply is free from contaminants. It is NO longer necessary for customers to boil water before consuming. Customers may return to normal water usage for any and all purposes but we suggest you flush cold water lines for 5-10 minutes before using. Properties in the affected areas are receiving this notification via the COA automated system or door hangers. Residents may register for automated alerts by clicking on the AVL Alert Sign Up Link https://member.everbridge.net/index/453003085611892#/login For further information, please call 251-1122, or visit https://www.ashevillenc.gov/service/water-quality-advisories/. Thank You, City of Asheville Water Resources Department

Boil water notices are rare, so you may not see any listed here.
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To view older advisories or outages, please visit the Boil Water Advisory Historical Information document

View Buncombe County Health Department’s information on Boil Water Advisories for the Food Service Industry.

 


Contact Information

 

For information about any boil advisory or outage, you may contact:

Customer Services
828-251-1122
9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday

Water Maintenance
828-259-5975
8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday

 


Updated 2/14/2020