Flint's Water Ills No Problem in Orlando

Feb 01, 2016

By Linda Ferrone
Guest Columnist for The Orlando Sentinel

January 29, 2016, 8:11 PM

OUC Board President Linda FerroneI have been watching events unfold in Flint, Mich., with heartbreak and concern. I want to assure the residents of Orlando that I, Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer, General Manager and CEO Ken Ksionek, and the other members of the Orlando Utilities Commission board are vigilant in our efforts to provide safe, high quality water to this community.

OUC draws its water from the pristine Lower Floridan Aquifer. We have used the same source since 1957 with a proven track record of producing water that meets the highest standards of purity.

We closely monitor and sample our water as it is pumped from a system of 31 deep wells. We treat it with ozone, the strongest disinfectant available, at all seven of our water treatment plants. We then continue to test our water at multiple points along the way to your tap.

OUC does not use lead service pipes like those employed in older cities, and we take corrosion control measures to not only protect our nearly 1,800 miles of water mains, but everything else our water touches on the way to our customers' faucets.

In addition to meeting all federal and state regulations, OUC has its own water quality lab that conducts 20,000 tests per year to ensure the quality and safety of our drinking water. Our chemists test for more than 135 regulated and unregulated substances including lead and copper. If customers have concerns about their water quality, they can call our lab to speak with a water quality professional.

Additionally, OUC mails its annual Water Quality Report to all water customers. It contains detailed information about our drinking water and the steps we take to ensure its safety. These consumer confidence reports outline what we test for, OUC levels, and allowable levels. There is even a section publishing the results of our lead and copper sampling at customer taps. The past 11 years of Water Quality Reports are available on our website, "javascript:reDirectTo('OUCHOST','/')".

At OUC, we take our name, The Reliable One, seriously, and we work hard to live up to our reputation every day. I want to assure the citizens of Orlando that we proudly accept our responsibility to maintain the public trust, and we are committed to providing safe, high quality, great tasting water today and for generations to come.

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