City Releases Annual Water Quality Report

The City of Corvallis released its annual water quality report on Wednesday, May 29. It contains figures on Corvallis’ water use over time, tips for lowering unnecessary water use, and details on levels of various chemicals and substances in the city water. 

Per capita water use reached a 30-year low in 2018, at 124 gallons per person per day, which is 10 gallons lower than in 2017. Individual water use in Corvallis has been on a generally downward trend since 1990.  

As the report notes, hot, dry summer weather tends to increase the cost of water-heavy activities like irrigation. In the spirit of conservation, the city offers a variety of ways to save water (and money). Aside from obvious home improvement measures like fixing leaky faucets and showerheads, they also recommend  thinking about more efficient appliances, such as high-efficient toilets. Another suggestion that doesn’t require renovation is not watering your lawn, instead allowing it to go dormant over the summer. 

There is also a great deal of information about levels of specific substances in city water compared to safety standards and where these substances come from. For example, the report states that the “action level” for a substance like lead is 15 micrograms per liter of water in 90% of homes tested, and that in Corvallis that level is less than 3 micrograms, likely the result of corrosion in household plumbing. 

For anyone still curious about public water and health questions, the report also contains a FAQ section at the end, and is available for free on the City of Corvallis’ website.  

By Ian MacRonald