1. Is my drinking water safe?
Yes. White House Utility District meets the
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s
standards for safe
2. How are germs that can make me sick kept
out of my drinking water?
Chlorine a chemical disinfectant is added to
the drinking water at the treatment plant.
Chlorine is the
most common disinfectant
used in the United States and Canada.
3. Is water with chlorine in it safe to
Yes. Tests have
shown that the amount of chlorine found in
treated water is safe to drink, although
people object to the taste.
4. Why does my drinking water taste or smell
bad? Will this smelly water make me sick?
The two most common reasons for bad tasting
or smelling water are:
• From the chlorine
that is added to the water to kill germs or:
• As algae and tiny fungi grow in surface
water sources, they give off nontoxic,
smelly chemicals that
can cause unpleasant
tastes in drinking water. Different algae
cause different tastes and odors –
swampy, and pigpen, as examples and the
little fungi can cause an earthy-musty
of the contaminants that could
affect your health can be tasted in drinking
water. There are no
proven incidents of the
chemicals that cause a bad taste in drinking
water making people sick.
5. My water sometimes looks cloudy or milky
when first taken from a faucet and then it
clears up. Why is
The cloudy or milky water is caused by air
becoming dissolved in water similar to the
gas bubbles in beer
and carbonated soft
drinks. When taken from the faucet after a
while, the air bubbles rise to the top and
are gone. This cloudy or milky appearance
usually occurs when water has been shut-off
for line repairs
or when newly installed
lines are first put in to service. Although
aesthetically unpleasing, it presents no
harmful health effects.
6. Should I buy bottled water?
Remember that U.S. bottled water is less
regulated than municipal drinking water. You
don’t need to buy
bottled water for health
reasons. If you want a drink with a
different taste, try adding lemon juice to
tap water. If you buy bottled water for
taste reasons, remember it costs up to 1,000
times more than
municipal drinking water.
7. What are cross-connections and why are
they a problem?
A cross-connection is
a connection between a drinking water pipe
and a possible polluted source. Here’s
common example. You’re going to spray weed
killer on your lawn. You hook up your hose
sprayer that contains the weed
killer. If the water pressure drops at the
same time your hose is turned
chemical in the sprayer may be sucked back
into the drinking water pipes through the
would seriously pollute the
drinking water system. Using a backflow
prevention device can prevent this
White House Utility District operates a
cross-connection control program, which
duties are to
eliminate or protect the water
supply from any apparent or possible
cross-connections. Protecting the
supply from cross-connections is vital if
the drinking water quality is to be
protected! You can visit
Foundation for Cross Connection Control and
Hydraulic Research website for more
on Cross Connections.