Drinking Water Week 2020: There When You Need It

  • Toho Laboratory, Chemist I, Schineidyne Joseph conducting analytical testing.
    Toho Laboratory, Chemist I, Schineidyne Joseph conducting analytical testing.
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Toho Water Authority (Toho) kicked off Drinking Water Week by encouraging customers to recognize their tap water is “There When You Need It.” For more than 40 years, the American Water Works Association (AWWA) and its members have celebrated Drinking Water Week – a unique opportunity for both water professionals and the communities they serve to recognize the vital role water plays in our daily lives. This year’s celebration week takes place May 3-9, 2020.

With so much changing around us currently, it is comforting to know that our tap water is readily available for hygienic and drinking purposes. During the coronavirus pandemic, water professionals across North America and right here in Osceola County continue to report to work to collect, treat and distribute water to ensure the health and safety of our communities.

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 drinking 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 13 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.tohowaterqualityreports.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 confirm 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 approximately 37 million gallons of drinking 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.