“All parties getting their drinking water from the City of Eastland should soon receive a copy of the 2009 Drinking Water Quality Report which gives our water delivery system passing marks”, according to Ron Holliday, Eastland City Manager. “We are pleased that our drinking water meets or exceeds all federal Environmental Protection Agency drinking water requirements. Even though that is the case, the King Kong water project currently underway will improve our water quality by replacing many old water lines and circulating water at a greater rate, via a new water tower”, he added.
The Annual Drinking Water Quality Report is a somewhat intimidating looking document filled with jargon and many five or six syllable technical terms. It also contains many reporting “advisories” and details. The TCEQ actually mandates the report format. “In fact, The City receives the report template from TCEQ and we are required to simply fill in a few blanks such as when the City Commission meets and our phone number. Though one naturally assumes it is a report from The City since we send it out, in reality, it is a report from TCEQ”, according to Leslie Zander, Eastland’s Financial Officer.
The requirement for issuing the report stems from an act of Congress – the 1996 amendments to the Safe Drinking Water Act. The federal Environmental Protection Agency passes this reporting requirement along to the states to implement and for the State of Texas, the Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) passes it along to local governments and other entities that supply drinking water.
“If the report raises questions, folks can give us a call and we will do our best to answer them. We are pleased we received passing marks and we’re anxious to get the water delivery system portion of the King Kong project completed so we can improve our system”, Holliday added.