You probably know that about 70% of the Earth’s surface is covered in water. But did you know that only 3% of it is fresh water, and only about 1% of that is accessible? That’s why we at Toho Water Authority (Toho) every year celebrate Drinking Water Week (May 5-11) and recognize the vital role water plays in our daily lives and our responsibility to provide safe drinking water to our community.
So where does the water come from?
Most of the drinking water in Florida comes from an underground aquifer known as the Floridan aquifer. This aquifer underlies the entire state of Florida and reaches to parts of Alabama, Georgia, Mississippi and South Carolina. If you’re a Toho customer, this is where your potable water comes from. The water from the aquifer is of high quality and needs very little treatment.
Your water is tested daily
Even before the water leaves one of our thirteen water plants, it is monitored to ensure it abides by all state and federal drinking water standards. When the water leaves the plants, it is also lab tested daily throughout our service area for quality assurance. The test results are published every July 1 in our annual Water Quality Reports which are available on our website www.tohowater.com.
Sometimes lines break
Occasionally a water main will break causing a drop in pressure. If the pressure drops below a certain level, a precautionary boil water advisory has to be issued. Once service is restored Toho tests the water supply following regulatory guidelines to prove that the water is safe to consume. Once the required testing is completed the advisory is lifted. To receive advisories on your phone for your area customers can sign up on our Alerts Sign Up page found in the News & Alerts section of www.tohowater.com.
Today we provide about 37 million gallons of potable water to our customers on a daily basis. For us, it is vitally important to safeguard this continuous supply for generations to come. So we are proud to be a member of the American Water Works Association (AWWA) and celebrate with them Drinking Water Week. Please visit www.awwa.org to learn more.