(L to R) Dana Gill, Jerimey Sykes, Ricky Smith, & Don Edwards
(L to R) Dana Gill, Jerimey Sykes, Ricky Smith, & Don Edwards


     Town of Elizabethtown Water Department Mission Statement

To be responsible to the community to provide an uninterrupted flow of clean, safe water to residential, commercial, and industrial users.



How do we treat your water and why?

The town uses chlorine gas as a disinfectant as well as an oxidant to remove impurities from the water.

What do we test for?

We test our water daily for chlorine & ph levels. We send out additional samples as required to the state certified lab. These include Total Trihalomethanes, Haloacetic Acids, Total Organic Carbon,Synthetic Organic Chemicals, Coliform, Bacterlogical, Volatile Organic Chemicals, Lead and Cooper, Radium.

Interesting Water Facts

  • The same amount of water is on the Earth today as there was 3 billion years ago.
  • Three percent of the Earth's water is fresh water and only 1% is available for human consumption.
  • A human being is 66% water.
  • The human brain is 75% water.
  • A tree is 75% water.
  • You could survive about a month without food, but only five to seven days without water.
  • On the average, each American uses 90-160 gallons of water a day at a cost of 27 cents.
  • Bottled water may cost up to 1,000 times more than municipal water.
  • Two-thirds of the water used on an average home is used in the bathroom.Typically 3 to 5 gallons of water are used for every toilet flush.On the average, people use 2 gallons of water to brush their teeth each day.A ten-minute shower uses about 55 gallons of water.
  • A leaking faucet can waste up to 100 gallons a day.
  • There are about 60,000 community water supplies in America.
  • Public water supplies must meet or exceed Environmental Protection Agency standards.
  • The Amendment to the Safe Drinking Water Act in 1986 increased the number of contaminants to be regulated from 26 to 83 and expanded EPA's enforcement authority.
  • If a drinking water supplier violates any federal standard, the utility by law must tell the customer.
  • Current water treatment methods make drinking water clear and disinfect it.
  • It takes about 39,000 gallons of water to produce the average auto, including tires.
  • It is not safe for hikers and backpackers to drink water directly from remote streams.
  • An acre of corn contributes more to humidity than a lake of the same size.
  • An average of 10,000 children die a day from the lack of safe drinking water in 3 countries.


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