Springfield Water and Sewer Commission touts annual water quality report and national rankings
SPRINGFIELD – The Springfield Water and Sewer Commission had reason to celebrate a bit this week based on the recently released 2020 Water Quality Annual Report and a recent top 25 rating on a national blog.
“The Commission is very proud to be the stewards of one of the best drinking water systems in the country,” said Katherine Shea, spokesperson for the commission, in an emailed statement. “The region still benefits from the ingenuity and foresight that led to the development of the system in the early 1900s.”
The commission “continues to achieve a high standard of water quality” through its filtration and treatment process at West Parish Filters in Westfield, for drinking water from the Cobble Mountain Reservoir, the commission said.
The annual report provided statistics showing that the commission met the standards set by the Federal Environmental Protection Agency and the State Department of Environmental Protection, except for exceeding the level of contamination. maximum for haloacetic acids (HAA5), the commission said. The exceedance has been reported in some water samples by local and state authorities in recent years, but the water was deemed potable.
All other guidelines are met for drinking water, the commission said. This includes complying with copper and lead regulations, with the sampling last being done in 2018 and every three years, officials said.
Full Water Quality Report 2020 can be found on the commission’s website.
The report summarizes the results of all water quality tests completed in 2020, and how those results compare to state and federal drinking water quality requirements, the commission said.
Meanwhile, Springfield was ranked 25th among cities in the United States for best water quality in an online survey. Ranking was provided by LawnStarter, based in Texas, and promoting itself as an on-demand online platform for outdoor services such as lawn care and landscaping. The top five cities in order were Cary, North Carolina, Winston-Salem, North Carolina, Yonkers, New York, Bellevue, Washington, and Clarksville, Tennessee.
The Springfield Water and Sewer Commission provides potable water to its retail customers in Springfield and Ludlow.
“Today, our customers’ water is protected by more than 18,000 acres of virgin forest – a characteristic that many other places can only envy – and protected by the expertise, skill and dedication of our professionals. clean water, ”Shea said.
The annual report describes the source of drinking water as well as educational information on water quality, health, source water protection and the drinking water treatment process, the commission said. The report is released annually in accordance with federal and state drinking water safety law requirements, and because it provides valuable information to customers, Shea said.
HAA5 was first recorded in the fourth quarter of 2018 and continued into 2019 and 2020, the commission said. HAA5 exceedances in 2020 have declined significantly from higher levels in 2019, the commission said.
“The Commission also wants customers to know that the exceedance is not an immediate health hazard and that customers can continue to consume and use their water as usual,” the commission said.
There are short-term remedies, such as system-wide flushing, and long-term measures are being pursued to reduce the HAA5 problem, the commission said.
“But the only permanent solution is to modernize the treatment process at the West Parish Filters wastewater treatment plant, which was last modernized in 1974,” the commission said. “These upgrades are essential to use advancements in treatment technology to meet current drinking water regulations and more extreme weather conditions.”
Design for the upgrades is expected to begin in fiscal 2022, with construction starting two years later at an estimated cost of $ 167.6 million, thanks to new, low-interest federal loans.