Quality Water Services prides itself on assisting Nebraskan families who want to provide the cleanest possible water to their families. One of the best ways to achieve that goal is the installation of water a softener system to help clean out the chemicals, minerals, and other contaminants which may be present in drinking water. Before deciding what’s best for your family, it’s important to take a long, hard look at the quality of the water provided by your city’s water systems. Therefore, we’re taking some time this week to look at the Annual Water Quality Reports for Lincoln and Omaha. The 2018 reports aren’t out quite yet (information has been released but not in a consumer-friendly breakdown) and we’ll update you when they do, but the 2017 reports still provide valuable insight about what you’re drinking in your everyday glass of water and how to make it better if you so choose. So stay tuned and find out how your water stacks up to the national recommended levels in this two part blog series as we break down what the annual reports look for, how they’re conducted, and the breakdown of 2017’s findings for both Lincoln and Omaha! Next week, look for additional information provided by the reports including where our water comes from, conservation tips, and individuals who may be at higher risks of health complications from water contaminants.

What is the Annual Water Quality Report?
The Consumer Confidence Report (CCR), also known as the Annual Water Quality Report, is required by law to be released publicly every year. The reports help to ensure all water systems meet the same safe levels of federally mandated cleanliness from year to year. It has four main objectives: to name the source of incoming water (river, lake, etc.), list all regulated contaminants, list the potential health effects of encountering these contaminants, and show the levels of each regulated contaminant in relation to its nationally mandated limit. The EPA published an short pamphlet to help individuals better understand the findings in their Annual Water Quality Report which you can find here. It is important to note that many people who live in rented spaces or apartment buildings who do not directly pay their own water bill (doing so through a landlord, bundled with rent, etc.) may have to approach their landlord to access that information. Fortunately, if you landed on this page, we’ll link you directly to the Omaha and Lincoln reports from 2017, so just keep reading!

Annual Report Findings
You’ll be happy to know that both Omaha and Lincoln water systems, while not contaminant-free, both met the standards set forth by the EPA for safe drinking water. However, both the Lincoln and Omaha reports make mention that older homes may have special needs that homeowners may want to check out. For example, lead pipes in homes built before 1988 may still pose a threat to individual homes, even though lead and copper testing found few trace elements in the water provided to homes. That’s because old lead pipes can in a sense “infect” the individual water supply of a single home. Both Omaha and Lincoln use chloramines in the water treatment process to ensure cleanliness and safety as well as secondary filtration and, in Lincoln’s case, a special oxidation process in which ozone is added to water where it reacts with iron and manganese to form larger particles which are then easily filtered out.

Remember, Quality Water Services offers water testing. If you’re concerned about the quality of the water in your home, get in touch with us today to put your mind at ease or talk about water softener installation options for Lincoln and Omaha residents. Next week, we’ll provide more in-depth information about the reports and their findings, so stay tuned!