The annual Drinking Water Consumer Confidence Report for Philomath is now available online at the city's website.
The report informs the public about drinking water, including where it comes from, how it is treated and any contaminants found. In 2017, Philomath's drinking water met or surpassed all public health requirements, the city reported. There are more than 120 drinking water quality standards set by the Oregon Department of Human Services and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.
In past years, the city mailed the drinking water reports to residents but the state now allows them to be posted online. Hard copies are available at City Hall, Philomath Community Library, Philomath Police Department and Philomath Public Works, or they can be requested by calling 541-929-3579.
City officials said discontinuing the mass mailings not only streamline delivery of the report, but reduces significant costs for printing and mailing.
According to the report, Philomath produced 174 million gallons of drinking water in 2017 through three sources. Approximately 96 percent came from the treatment plant with water out of the Marys River. The plant produced an annual average of nearly 500,000 thousand gallons each day.
The city's 11th Street well's production accounted for less than percent and use of the Philomath-Corvallis Rock Creek intertie was almost 4 percent. City officials said usage from the well and intertie depends on the time of year, customer demand and maintenance requirements.
The city's website is located at www.ci.philomath.or.us with a link to the water report provided on the home page. After reading the report, citizens with questions can call public works at 541-929-3579.