Cleveland maintains top water ratings
by Rory Doyle
Jun 06, 2013 | 1056 views | 0 0 comments | 12 12 recommendations | email to a friend | print
The city of Cleveland recently reported positive news in the 2012 Annual Drinking Water Quality Report.

With the goal to provide residents a safe and dependable supply of drinking water, the report highlights efforts made to continually improve the water treatment process and to protect water resources.

Cleveland's water source is provided by wells drawing from the Sparta Aquifer within the Mississippi embayment aquifer system. The system extends from south Texas, north into Louisiana, Arkansas, and Tennessee, and eastward into Mississippi and Alabama.

Keith Christopher, project manager for Severn Trent Environmental Services, Inc., which is contracted by the city for water and sewer maintenance, said citizens should remain confident in the city's drinking water.

"The city of Cleveland prides itself in the water system we have," said Christopher. "We have a perfect system and we have tested with these results for years.

"The mayor and the board want a perfect system and we are giving a 100 percent effort in to providing just that. We don’t spare any expenses and we'll continue to provide the best service possible.”

Christopher said the annual report is strictly "FYI" information for citizens and provides insight on the behind the scenes work it takes to keep water pristine. The statement also provides summarized results of tests that take place throughout the year.

The Mississippi Department of Environmental Equality requires the routine testing for contaminants according to federal and state laws.

In other city water news, Christopher said the $3.2 million overhaul of city water meters is expected to be complete by July 1.

The purpose of the upgrade was to replace the old water meters on the city's water system with new radio read meters, which are considered more precise and efficient.

The approximate 6,200 commercial and residential meters in town will undergo the change.

The Cleveland Board of Aldermen approved the project in 2012 and the upgrades have been ongoing since January of 2013.

For questions about the report or city water information, contact Christopher at 662-721-7098.