Our Drinking Water
The City of Garland purchases treated drinking water from the North Texas Municipal Water District (NTMWD). It is the responsibility of Garland Water Utilities to manage and operate the distribution system that brings water to the residents and businesses of Garland.
Garland is one of the original Member Cities that formed the water district in 1951. The NTMWD draws raw water from Lavon Lake, Lake Chapman (aka Cooper Lake), Lake Tawakoni, Lake Texoma and a constructed wetlands project, John T Bunker Sands Wetlands, located near Kaufman. The raw water is then treated at their plant in Wylie, Texas and sent through delivery pipelines to various cities, towns and other water suppliers.
Garland receives the treated water from NTMWD at five entry points throughout the city. The water is stored in ground storage tanks as well as four elevated tanks and distributed to Garland water users on demand. Occasionally during the hot summer months, Garland Water Utilities will add small amounts of chlorine to maintain proper chlorine levels in the distribution system. Another process for keeping chlorine residuals at the proper range is to flush water out through fire hydrants. Chlorine keeps our water fresh and free of any harmful bacteria.
Your City of Garland Water Utilities staff remains diligent in bringing safe, reliable water to all of our water customers. The department is staffed 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year by highly trained and licensed water professionals. Constant maintenance, monitoring, sampling and laboratory testing keeps our licensed water professionals continuously apprised of our water quality and water system's operating status.
Temporary Change in Disinfection for Drinking Water
Every year in the month of March, our water supplier makes a temporary change in the way they disinfect our drinking water. This prepares their system for the heat and high demand of the spring and summer months. It is a common practice in water systems throughout the nation. The change in disinfection processes will last approximately 30 days.
During this time, customers may notice a stronger taste and smell of chlorine. It is important to note that the quality of our drinking water remains safe for all uses, including drinking. "Our licensed water technicians take daily water samples from throughout the city to consistently ensure that our water is safe," said Managing Director of Garland Water Utilities, Wes Kucera.
The City of Garland's Annual Water Quality Reports (also known as Consumer Confidence Reports) can be found here.