Water Quality Information
This web page provides information in the on Salisbury’s drinking water sources, quality and programs that protect the high quality of our City’s water supply. New federal regulation requires public water utilities to provide information to the public on an annual basis.
The City supported the passage of this important regulation and we believe the information contained in these reports provide a valuable service to our customers. These reports strike a balance between the public’s need to know and the overwhelming amount of information that could be presented to you. The data may appear to be complex; that is because providing quality drinking water is a challenging and complex business.
Protected drinking water is a must for our citizens. The bottom line is that our drinking water is protected and of a high quality. We have no water quality violations and we meet or exceed water quality standards set by state and federal standards.
The information contained in this document will be formally and routinely submitted to the State of Maryland as well as to the United States Environmental Protection Agency. Both agencies monitor our compliance with the numerous regulatory standards and testing protocols required to assure drinking water that is free from any contamination to the public.
Summary of the Quality Water Reports
The source of Salisbury’s ground water is a shallow, unconfined Coastal Plain aquifer, known as the Quaternary System. The City currently uses eleven wells from two water plants to obtain its drinking water.
An aquifer is a sort of underground reservoir, which is tapped by drilling wells and pumping the water to the surface for distribution. The earth between surface sources of contamination and these underground reservoirs help to purify the water before it actually reaches the aquifer, making it easier for us to treat before we pump it into the water distribution system. The Water treatment process includes aeration, pre-chlorination, filtration, iron removal, disinfection, corrosion control and fluoride addition. The water storage towers located on College and Edgemore Avenues are annually removed from service to be cleaned and inspected. Our hydrant-flushing program operates on a semi-annual basis to assist in providing a clear and clean product to our consumers.
The water plants operate 24 hours a day, seven days a week to produce a reliable source of drinking water. The operations staff consists of six Class T4 Maryland certified operators and two Class T4 Maryland temporary operators. The operators are members and attend meetings and training seminars of the American Water Works Association (Chesapeake Section), Water and Wastewater Operators Association and the Maryland Rural Water Association. The Operators attend continuing education training in an effort to stay up to date with the latest in water treatment techniques, safety, and homeland security. Their goal is to provide the consumer with the best water possible.
Specific Annual Reports
All sources of drinking water are subject to potential contamination by substances that are naturally occurring or man made. These substances can be microbes, inorganic or organic chemicals and radioactive substances. All drinking water, including bottled drinking water, may be reasonably expected to contain at least small amounts of some contaminants. It’s important to remember that the presence of these constituents does not necessarily pose a health risk. Maximum Contaminant Levels (MCL’s) are set at very stringent levels. To understand the possible health effects described for many regulated constituents, a person would have to drink 2 liters of water every day at the MCL level for a lifetime to have a one-in-a-million chance of having the described health effect. More information about contaminants and potential health effects can be obtained by calling the Environmental Protection Agency’s Safe Drinking Water Hotline at 1-800-426-4791.
You may see our staff at local events around town promoting water conservation. Take time to visit our booth and ask questions. If you would like to receive a water conservation packet with water saving tips in the home, garden, or for children, please contact the water plant at 410-548-3199 and one can be mailed to your home.
We are committed to continuing to provide an excellent service that our customers can take for granted. Help us to provide your family with clean, quality water by participating in official City of Salisbury water sampling programs. If you have any questions or concerns about your drinking water please contact the water plant at 410-548-3199.
If you have any questions or concerns about these reports, or concerning your drinking water, please contact the Water Plant Superintendent, Corinne Cameron at 410-548-3199.