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Report: City water ranks high for quality
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Copies of the Cumming Utilities Department 2012 Drinking Water Quality Report are available at Cumming City Hall or can be viewed online at www.cummingutilities.com.

Cumming water customers should soon receive a copy of the city’s annual drinking water quality report.

Jon Heard, director of the city’s utilities department, said the report is distributed each year after results from water testing for the previous year are completed.

Some customers may have already received the report. All others, Heard said, should receive it by the middle of June.

He added that the report found the city’s water to be in compliance with all state and federal drinking water guidelines.

“I’m pleased that we’re able to continually, on an ongoing basis, provide high-quality water to the citizens of our city and county,” Heard said.

The report looks at levels of 10 contaminants, such as nitrates and nitrites, copper and lead.

The city’s water falls well within safe levels in all areas.

“The Safe Drinking Water Act provided maximum contaminant levels … in drinking water and those are derived by the federal government,” Heard explained. “They’ve determined what is safe to be in the drinking water.

“Since we’ve been doing the report, we’ve never had an issue, so we’re really pleased.”

He noted that the city and county are able to provide high-quality water to residents due to a number of factors.

“We have a very clean water source,” he said. “There are no unusual contaminants in Lake Lanier that we’re concerned about, so we may already be ahead of the curve with some other states and cities.”

Other factors, he said, range from “qualified staff to good technology at the drinking water treatment plant to planning for and meeting future standards today.”

“[This report] is proof that all of those factors have come together to create safe drinking water,” he said.