Friday, April 25, 2014
We don't often pause to consider the incredible value of a safe, reliable water supply and how it supports our everyday lives. But take a moment to consider what tap water does for our families and businesses.
Each day, Mount Pleasant Waterworks (MPW) provides nearly 8 million gallons of water to the citizens and businesses of Mount Pleasant.
Only tap water delivers ... public health protection. In a world where an estimated 3 million people die every year from preventable waterborne disease, MPW's water system allow us to drink from virtually any public tap with a high assurance of safety. MPW's water supply meets rigorous federal and state health-protective standards.
So that customers have a full understanding of the safety of their tap water, MPW provides an Annual Water Quality report to all customers. This report is published each July and tells you where your water comes from and what is in it. To review the Annual Quality Report, visit www.mountpleasantwaterworks.com. A well-maintained water system is critical in protecting our community from the ever-present threat of wide-spread fire. A system that provides reliable water at an adequate pressure can be the difference between a small fire and a raging inferno. The ability to suppress fires also influences new home construction, business location and insurance rates.
Having enough stored water, properly sized line and hydrants in place is part of the fire protection equation as it pertains to insurances rates. MPW works closely with the Town of Mount Pleasant Fire Department to insure our hydrants are in good working order. As areas such as Coleman Boulevard continue to grow and the dynamics of the area change, MPW will install additional hydrants and water mains to provide added protection for these areas. With impact fees in place, MPW requires growth to pay for growth.
When water service is interrupted, we're all reminded of the extraordinary value our water. In Mount Pleasant, we enjoy safe, clean drinking water every day for less than $1 per day. Now that's value.
Clay Duffie is the general manager of the Mount Pleasant Waterworks and has more than 30 years of experience in water and wastewater managament practices.