Cincy water gets a clean bill of health

CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) - Greater Cincinnati Water Works' (GCWW) 2011 Water Quality Report shows its water met or exceeded every health standard developed by both the USEPA and Ohio EPA.

On average, GCWW treats about 133 million gallons of water a day and conducts about 600 tests daily throughout the water treatment process.

The utility draws its source water from the Ohio River and the Great Miami Aquifer near Fairfield.

GCWW is in the process of constructing an ultraviolet disinfection (UV) treatment facility to further enhance water quality and protect against potential micro-organisms like cryptosporidium.

UV disinfection, which does not use chemicals or produce regulated disinfection by-products, will be used following sand filtration and granular activated carbon adsorption during GCWW's water treatment process.

When the UV facility is operational in 2013, Greater Cincinnati Water Works will be the largest water utility in North America to use UV following sand filtration and granular activated carbon.

The report is now being mailed to Water Works customers but you can follow the link to see the full report online {PDF}.

The Greater Cincinnati Water Works provides most of the water used in Hamilton and Boone counties, along with parts of Butler, Clermont, and Warren counties.  They recently added service to South Lebanon, OH.