Leaks are often a silent water waster inside and outside our homes. A dripping faucet or constantly running commode is fairly obvious, but hidden leaks could waste more than 100 gallons of water per day. Click here to see how much water a continuous leak can waste.
Mayfield Electric & Water Systems uses chlorine in the water treatment process as a disinfectant. Chlorine was introduced into MEWS’ water treatment process in the early 1940's and has been the disinfectant of choice since that time.
Hardness refers to the quantity of naturally occurring minerals such as calcium and magnesium in the water. Hardness affects water qualities such as corrosiveness, with soft water being more corrosive than hard water. MEWS' water is considered moderately soft.
Yes. Between 1950 - 53, MEWS began adding fluoride to its water supply to reduce tooth decay in children. Since that time, MEWS has added approximately 1 part per million of fluoride. This amount is recommended by the American Dental Association for maximum dental protection.
Lead in drinking water is an important health issue because of its potential toxic effects, particularly on young children. Lead does not occur naturally in the MEWS water supply, nor is it a result of the treatment or distribution processes. In Mayfield, lead in drinking water is most commonly caused by lead-based solder used to join copper piping in home plumbing systems. When water stands for several hours in plumbing that contains lead, the metal can dissolve or leach into the water. Kentucky has banned the use of solders containing lead. As a precaution, you can eliminate lead from your drinking water by allowing the water to run for a few minutes before consuming it.
Many consumers feel that bottled water is safer than tap water. This is generally not true. In fact, a recent study revealed that 25 percent of all bottled water is simply tap water that has been placed in a bottle and sold at a price 250 to 10,000 times higher than tap water. For example, a typical price for a one-gallon jug of bottled water ranges from $0.99 to $4 compared to $0.0025 for a gallon of MEWS tap water. The quality of bottled water can also vary greatly depending on its source, production process, packaging material, and shelf life before use. Until 1993, there were no proposed federal standards for bottled water; in many states it was unregulated. The 1996 SDWA amendments require bottled water to meet many of the same regulations as tap water for the first time.