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The Clinton City Drinking Water System has more than 80 miles of piping,1,100 control valves, 834 Fire Hydrants and storage tanks with a total capacity of 6 million gallons To supplement the purchased water the department operates a deep water well that is 1100 feet deep and produces over 1,200 gallons per minute of crystal clear water.
When you buy a new appliance, such as a dishwasher, the manufacturer often makes reference to water hardness. This is because hard water can cause automatic dishwashers to leave film on dishes and build-up of minerals on mechanical parts.
The average fluoride level in the City is around 1.0 part per million. As and example, 1 part per million is the same as one drop in about 13.2 gallons of water. It is also the same as one inch in 16 miles.
When we look at issues such as quality, monitoring and affordability, we see that bottled water doesn't always make the grade. For instance, some brands may be of excellent quality, but others can have inferior quality or they may be simply taken from municipal water supplies. And all bottled waters are expensive. For the price of one small bottle of water, you would be able to buy about 750 gallons of Clinton City tap water. There is also less environmental impact with tap water, having no plastic waste to dispose of.
Another important fact: there are fewer government regulations to guide the bottled water industry. Monitoring requirements aren't as stringent as are those for tap water. For quality, consistency and affordability, tap water wins every time.