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Pierre’s drinking water meets Federal and State drinking water safety standards.
Each year, the City of Pierre tests its drinking water to make sure it meets all regulated standards. The tests, mandated by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the South Dakota Department of Environment and Natural Resources, show Pierre’s drinking water is in compliance.
The 2017 test results are based on a series of water samples conducted throughout the year at a variety of locations within the Pierre water system. Those samplings also showed that Pierre’s water has high mineral content.
A proposal to lower the mineral content that causes hard water and water discoloration is in the hands of the public. During the June primary election, Pierre voters will decide if the City should build a Water Treatment Plant. The project is the result of citizen feedback gathered through a community survey. Survey respondents said they wanted the City to provide better water quality. The proposed plant would improve water quality by changing the water source and reducing the mineral levels.
The City of Pierre will host its second public informational meeting about the proposed Water Treatment Plant at 5:30 p.m. on Monday, April 23. The meeting will be held at Northridge Plaza. Additional information about the proposed plant, its financial impact, and the 2017 Drinking Water Report can all be found online at cityofpierre.org. The full 2017 Drinking Water Report is also included in the April utility bill mailing.
The City of Pierre serves more than 13,640 customers who use an average of 2,627,000 gallons of water each day. The City’s water service is supplied by groundwater that is produced from a series of local wells.