FAQs

Who Should I Call Before I Dig In My Yard?

To avoid the risk of hitting underground utility lines, call Kentucky Underground Protection, Inc. at 1-800-752-6007 at least two days in advance and ask to have lines marked before you begin working.

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Water Leaks

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.

Finding a leak is a process of elimination.  

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How Can I Save on my Water Usage

Using less water indoors means saving not only on water bills, but also on energy and wastewater costs.  Click here to find ideas for saving water and energy.

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Where Does My Water Come From?

MEWS has three wells that supply the water to the city of Mayfield.  You can find out more about groundwater wells by Clicking here.

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Why Does MEWS Add Chlorine to the Water?

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.

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What Is Water Hardness? How Hard Is MEWS' Water?

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.

 

Does MEWS' Water Have Fluoride In It?

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.

 

Is Lead a Problem In My Drinking Water?

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.

 

What Is The Sodium Content Of My Drinking Water?

Our public supply contains approximately 23 mg/l of sodium.  This translates into approximately 5.5 mg per 8 ounce glass of water.

Although this amount of sodium is small, individuals on a limited sodium diet should consider the sodium available from drinking water when determining their total daily sodium consumption.

 

Is Bottled Water Safer Than Tap Water?

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.

 

Water Safety Tips

Water and electricity do not mix.  Check out how you can protect yourself and your family from electric shock and learn more about other types of water safety.

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Water Myths and Realities

Some facts and fiction about water.

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