How do you know the water is safe to drink?

The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) requires water treatment plants to continuously monitor the turbidity of the water and the chlorine residual at the plant. Distribution system samples are taken daily and analyzed for chlorine.

In addition, samples are also taken every month at designated locations throughout the City and analyzed for total coliform bacteria. These types of bacteria are naturally present in the environment and are used as an indicator that other potentially harmful bacteria may be present. Should the City detect a coliform bacteria during routine samples, extensive flushing, and disinfection procedures are performed and additional samples are taken and analyzed to ensure that no bacteria exist in the distribution system. When the samples are clear, the distribution system is placed back into normal operation.

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1. Is the water meter read each month?
2. Is my water bill high?
3. When is my bill due?
4. Who provides refuse (garbage) and recycling service?
5. How does the City of Marshall treat the drinking water?
6. Why does my water sometimes have a taste and odor?
7. Why does my water appear cloudy or milky at times?
8. Why does my water sometimes look brown or red?
9. What is the white build-up on my faucet strainers?
10. Does Marshall fluoridate the water?
11. How do you know the water is safe to drink?