Maintain best-in-class water quality.

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Target: Maintain best-in-class water quality.

Current Performance: Please see update below.

Improving the quality of life for residents is of paramount importance to the City and maintaining best-in-class water utility services is one important aspect of this pursuit. The City continually strives to provide its customers with the safest, most reliable, and best tasting drinking water in Florida, protect the local aquifer and water bodies, and mitigate harmful discharge through effective wastewater treatment efforts.

There is substantial effort required to continually maintain compliance with State and Federal drinking water standards. The City employs licensed treatment plant operators to ensure the City’s water supply is properly treated before water is distributed to the customer. It also employs licensed water distribution maintenance personnel to ensure the construction and repairs to the City’s water distribution system are performed in accordance with industry standards to ensure public safety. Additionally, licensed operators monitor the water system 24/7 to ensure proper water quality, availability and system pressure. In 2022, as in previous years, the City surpassed all water quality regulations established by Florida Department of Environmental Protection, the Florida Department of Health, and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

In 2022, the City completed construction of a new best-in-region Water Quality Laboratory to ensure residents have safe, clean drinking water for years to come. Each year, staff collects more than ten thousand samples from our water system and analyzes them in our nationally accredited and certified laboratory to ensure compliance with drinking water standards established by the Safe Drinking Water Act. In addition, many more samples are collected and analyzed at the request of our customers and residents in the region to determine water quality within their homes and businesses.

Also in 2022, the City Completed the Wastewater Treatment Master Plan, which will serve as a 20-year roadmap for the continued delivery of high-quality water and continued to develop the Stormwater Improvement Master Plan to assist with the identification of future water quality improvement projects. Tallahassee won the Florida Section of the American Water Works Association (FSAWWA) Region 1 Best Tasting Drinking Water contest. The City Increased the allocation for potable water system enhancements by 45% ($4.9 million) to further provide clean and safe water for residents, and reduced the number of impaired water bodies, including Lake Munson, from the FDEP’s impaired list through robust testing and rehabilitation efforts.

2022 City of Tallahassee Water Quality Report

Underground Utilities & Public Infrastructure. Last Updated: October 2022