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MLGW 2023 Water Quality Report: Drink away, the water is fine

Memphis Light, Gas and Water (MLGW) released their annual Water Quality Report for 2023, offering reassuring news to residents about the safety of their drinking water. The detailed analysis confirms that water quality in Memphis not only meets but often exceeds state and federal standards.

According to the report, tests on lead and copper—common concerns for many communities—show that levels are well below the danger points set by regulations. Specifically, 90% of homes tested for lead reflected levels lower than 6.25 parts per billion, with the action level set at 15 parts per billion. Copper levels also reported favorably, with no samples exceeding safety thresholds.

Additionally, the report highlighted the successful management of microbiological contaminants. Total coliform bacteria, a common water quality indicator, was found in less than 0.83% of samples collected—a figure significantly lower than the maximum allowed level of 5%. This low percentage underscores effective water treatment processes that keep our water free from biological hazards.

Residents can also feel confident about the minimal presence of disinfection by-products like Total Trihalomethanes (THMs) and Haloacetic Acids (HAA5), which are by-products of the chlorination process used to kill harmful germs. Both THMs and HAA5 are well within the safety limits, indicating controlled and safe disinfection practices.

Moreover, the levels of chlorine used to maintain microbial safety are kept at optimal levels to ensure effectiveness without compromising taste or safety.

MLGW’s report is a testament to the city’s commitment to providing safe drinking water. It’s a complex challenge, involving rigorous testing and management, yet it’s met diligently by the dedicated teams at MLGW, ensuring that the health of Memphis residents remains a top priority.

For further details or concerns, residents are encouraged to view the full report below or on the MLGW website or contact their customer service for more information.

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