Are lots of chemicals used in treating the water?
No, there is not a need to use many chemicals. The water is basically safe to drink from the wells, but it goes to filtration plants to further enhance the quality. At the plants the iron and manganese are filtered out. If the iron and manganese were left in the water they would stain plumbing fixtures and laundry. Hydrogen sulfide is removed to eliminate the rotten egg odor that is common to many private wells in the area. A small amount of chlorine is utilized to pre-treat the water and also to ensure the water quality as it moves through the distribution network. A small amount of fluoride is added to prevent tooth decay. A very small amount of a common food grade orthopolyphosphate is added to minimize the corrosion of pipes.

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1. Where does La Porte’s water come from?
2. Is the water filtered?
3. Are lots of chemicals used in treating the water?
4. How much chlorine and fluoride are in the water?
5. Are there any dangerous chemicals in the water?
6. If I open the faucet and the water looks rusty is it safe to drink?
7. Is bottled water better than city water?
8. What can I do to protect our water from contamination?
9. What is hard water and is it bad or good?
10. How do I start service for water, sewer, trash, and recycling?
11. How much does the water cost and how does it compare to other cities?
12. How does the water get to my house from the filtration plant?
13. Who is responsible for the water line that connects my house to the city water main at the street?
14. How much water does a normal family use each month?
15. What are water towers used for and how do they work?
16. Where is the water meter and how often is it read?
17. If I have an emergency, how do I turn off the water?
18. What is the most common cause of abnormally high water bills?
19. How can I tell if my toilet is leaking?
20. Is it hard to fix a toilet if it is leaking?
21. What number do I call if I want more questions answered or have an emergency?