For At-Risk Customers
Some people may be more vulnerable to contaminants in drinking water than the general population. Immuno-compromised persons such as those undergoing chemotherapy, organ transplant patients, people with HIV/AIDS or other immune system disorders, some elderly, and infants can be particularly at risk for infections. These people should seek advice about drinking water from their healthcare providers. EPA/Center for Disease Control guidelines on appropriate means to lessen the risk of infection by cryptosporidium and other microbial contaminants are available from the Safe Drinking Water Hotline, 1-800-426-4791.
What You Should Know About ...
The WTP uses chloramines as its secondary disinfectant. Chloramines are intended to form fewer chemicals (by-products) in water, improve the taste and odor of water (compared to chlorine), and last longer in the distribution system to prevent bacterial growth.
Chloraminated water is safe for bathing, drinking, cooking and all uses we have for water every day. However, there are two groups of people who need to take special care with chloraminated water: kidney dialysis patients and fish owners. Just like chlorine, chloramines must be removed from water used in kidney dialysis machines. If you are a dialysis patient or have questions, please call your physician or dialysis center.
Like chlorine, chloramines are toxic to fish. Fish owners need to remove chlorine, ammonia and chloramines from the water before use with tropical fish. Local pet stores carry water conditioners that remove chloramines. If you have questions, contact your pet store for information and detailed instructions. For further information about chloramines and chlorine, please call (252) 551-1551.
Cryptosporidium is a microscopic organism that can cause diarrhea, fever and other gastrointestinal symptoms if ingested. The organism occurs in human and animal wastes and may be present in local streams and lakes. State and Federal regulations do not require Greenville Utilities to test for cryptosporidium. We go the extra mile to protect our customers and conduct tests monthly. The WTP includes an ozonation process that inactivates cryptosporidium.
Save Water and Money - Use Water Wisely
- Repair all leaks and drips. At one drop per second, a leaky faucet wastes nearly 2,500 gallons/year–enough water for 160 full dishwasher cycles.
- Limit showers to five minutes or less.
- Catch water in an empty tuna can to measure sprinkler output. 3/4 to 1 inch of water is enough to apply each time you irrigate.
- Ensure sprinklers water only the landscape, not driveways or streets.
To Properly Dispose of Hazardous Products
- Motor Oil/Batteries: Take to Pitt County Landfill on Allen Road, (252) 902-3350.
- Paint: Remove container lid and let paint harden completely. Containers with lids removed will be collected curbside.
- Pesticides/Herbicides: Contact North Carolina Cooperative Extension Service at (252) 902-1700.
- You can prevent sanitary sewer overflows by disposing of cooking oils and grease as solid waste in your home garbage.
Resources Where You Can Learn More
Environmental Protection Agency
Ariel Rios Building
1200 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
Mail Code 3213A
Washington, DC 20460
(202) 260-2090 (fax)
Safe Drinking Water Hotline
NC Dept. of Environmental Quality
1601 Mail Service Center
Raleigh, NC 27699-1601
American Water Works Assoc.
6666 West Quincy Avenue
Denver, CO 80235
PO Box 1847
Greenville, NC 27835-1847