May 5 through 11 is Drinking Water Week. The City of Greeley joins the American Water Works Association and water professionals across North America in helping consumers learn more about how their water is monitored.
The Environmental Protection Agency protects drinking water quality through the administration of the Safe Drinking Water Act. community water systems are required to monitor their drinking water multiple times per day to test for close to 100 contaminants, and report any violations that may have occurred.
Greeley's drinking water surpasses all state and federal health standards. Our water starts as pure Rocky Mountain snowmelt, is filtered for added purification, laboratory tested for your protection, and delivered to you. The Water Department uses the latest technologies and most effective practices to further improve the quality of drinking water. The city publishes annual water quality reports and Greeley water customers receive a copy of the report in the June water bills. Water customers who do not receive water bills and those who have water quality concerns or questions should call 970-350-9846. The report and additional information is available on the web at www.greeleygov.com/ccr.
Since our water is safe to drink, here are a few more reasons to choose tap water over bottled water.
- Bottled water costs 1,000 to 10,000 times more than tap water. Tap water costs $0.002 per gallon. The price of bottle water ranges from $0.89-$8.26 for a gallon.
- Tap water meets more stringent and much more frequently-monitored health standards than those for bottled water.
- Tap water is delivered to you, 24/7.
- Eighty percent of plastic water bottles are not recycled, adding to the landfill.
- Each year, 1.5 million barrels of oil are used to make plastic water bottles. This is enough to fuel 100,000 cars or power 250,000 homes for a year.
- As much as 40 percent of bottled water produced comes from municipal tap water.