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How to Interpret Monitoring Results
The Water Quality Interpretation Tool developed by USU Extension Services allows users to enter their water quality data online and receive interpretation of those data pertaining to drinking water, irrigation water, livestock water, and environmental water state standards.
The Division of Drinking Water assigns a rating (e.g. "Approved" ,"Not Approved") to each public water system in the state. This rating is based on the system's condition and performance. You may determine your water system's rating by going to Water System Ratings.
Consumer Confidence Reports
Each year, every community water system must provide their customers with a Consumer Confidence Report (CCR). This document is intended to provide consumers with an overview of the their drinking water system. Data on bacteriologic and chemical quality is also provided. Contact your local water supplier directly for a copy of their report. Some water suppliers provide their CCRs on the web. For background information see Consumer Confidence Report Preparation.
Will you have safe water available during an emergency? Click here for more information on how to prepare for any interruption of water service.
Utah Drinking Water Quality Standards
There are State standards for over 100 potential chemical and bacteriologic contaminants in drinking water. For example, the maximum allowable level for nitrates in drinking water is 10 milligrams per liter. This link provides a listing of these maximum allowable levels.
What If I Have Special Health Needs? (US EPA)
People who have HIV/AIDS, are undergoing chemotherapy, take steroids, or for another reason have a weakened immune system may be more susceptible to microbial contaminants, including Cryptosporidium, in drinking water. Click here for more information.
How Much Water Should I Drink?
Research at the University of Utah sheds some light on the issue. Click here for information (Courtesy KSL-TV).
Signs of Common Water Quality Problems (US EPA)
Does your water have a funny odor, taste or appearance? Click here for a general guide to help determine the cause of problems with your water that can be felt, smelled, tasted, or seen. In some cases, these symptoms may indicate a serious problem -- in others, only the taste and smell of tap water (its aesthetics) may be affected, not its safety. If you have a serious problem, particularly if it also affects your neighbors, see In An Emergency.
Water supplies in the United States are among the safest in the world. However, the possibility of waterborne disease always exists. Recognizing Waterborne Disease is a website that is primarily intended for health care professionals. It may, however, be informative to consumers who want to get an overview of public health issues related to water supply. Registration is required.
Do You Have Your Own Private Water Supply?
The great majority of Utahns get their water from a public water system. Some, however, are served by private, individual wells or springs. These private supplies are not regulated by the Utah Division of Drinking Water. However, local health departments may have rules regarding private supplies. For advice on safeguarding a private water supply see Private Drinking Water Wells (US EPA).
Want to get your water tested? Click here (pdf) for a list of Utah-certified labs and the substances they can test for. Fees are charged for analytical work. Note that public drinking water suppliers routinely test their water for a wide variety of substances. The information you are looking for may already be available in your Consumer Confidence Report (see above).
Bottled water in Utah is regulated by the Utah Department of Agriculture and Food.
Safe Drinking Water Hotline
Have questions on national drinking water issues? Call the Safe Drinking Water Hotline at (800) 426-4791. The Hotline offers information and assistance to the public. A contractor operates the Safe Drinking Water Hotline under US EPA's direction.
Drinking Water Kid's Stuff (EPA)
Click here for games and activities to help children learn about drinking water.