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Drop The Bottle: Drink Tap

Drop The Bottle: Drink Tap

Turning ON the TAP.   Tap water is healthier for you in so many ways, AND Newton County water comes from one of the cleanest sources in the state, the Alcovy River, SO DRINK UP! It has fluoride to make your teeth strong. Tap water is held to a higher safety standard than bottled water. Plus, though they can be recycled, empty water bottles often end up in landfill – 2 million tons in 2005, alone. And tap water is much, much cheaper. Save your teeth, your health, your environment, and your cash – drink tap...
What is a potential hazard?

What is a potential hazard?

What is considered a potential hazard?   ANY possibility of pollutants, contaminants, and system or plumbing hazards. For example fire protection systems, irrigation systems, gasoline refineries and stations, restaurants, hospitals, and manufacturers. Just to name a few. To keep your drinking water safe, the Newton County Water & Sewerage Authority diligently checks the plans of each new business for compliance with cross connection/backflow requirements. We take pride in the water we provide and will continue to protect it and our citizens. All residential meters come installed with an AWWA approved backflow prevention device. Now that you have some background, you may ask…What’s the big deal? Well, the big deal is that backflows due to cross connections can cause sickness and death. Even in your own home, you can unwittingly create a cross connection:   Putting the garden hose in a swimming pool to fill it. Putting the garden hose in a pet’s water bucket to fill it, or the fish tank. Putting the garden hose down the drain to flush out debris when it’s backed up. Connecting your garden hose to a plant fertilizer or bug spray unit. Over half of the nation’s cross connections involve unprotected garden hoses. In Kansas, a man died from drinking out of his garden hose. He had been spraying the yard with poison to get rid of bugs and had connected his garden hose to the spraying device. Unknown to him, during the spraying, a drop in pressure occurred in the main water system causing the poisoned water to backflow into the hose. Enough to kill him when he took a drink from...

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