The City of Asheville sympathize with the frustration the community is feeling due to water loss and the discolored water that has persisted in many areas of the community. The City takes these incidences seriously and we understand that both residents and businesses depend on the City to provide excellent water quality.
Water sample tests indicate municipal water remains safe for customer use and consumption. Testing was completed on samples throughout the entire system. Results are available on the City of Asheville website www.ashevillenc.gov/discoloredwater
While not considered harmful to human health by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the samples did show heightened levels of manganese. Manganese, is a naturally occurring element found in many daily items such as nuts and leafy green vegetables. It usually settles out of the water supply as water travels through the system but was recently pushed through the system when water velocity increased due to repair work.
Heightened levels of manganese:
- May cause undesirable taste or odor in tap water.
- May cause damage to water equipment
- May make chlorine less effective in suppressing bacteria in municipal water
- Will cause water to be discolored
Tests indicate the absence of bacteria. Chlorine residual results were in the normal range. Testing is an ongoing process and is done daily as part of our standard operating procedures. Each month we analyze more than 100 samples to report to the state. This round of testing is in addition to our normal testing schedule.
Look for another update on the status of discolored water Friday, Apr 5.