Water Quality

2018 WQR coverWe’re freshening up our water testing

First things first: we’re pleased to report that Cranberry’s water quality is excellent. The results of our state-mandated water tests for 2018, included here, document that fact.   2018 Water Quality Report

We are pleased to report once again that water from Cranberry Township continues to be safe, fresh, abundant, and poised to continue meeting the needs of our residents, businesses and guests, well into the future. 

We welcome public involvement on issues concerning our water and wastewater systems. Meetings of the Board of Supervisors are listed on the web calendar. An opportunity for public comment is always on the agenda.

Review Water Quality Reports from past years

Dependable Water from the Tap 

Cranberry Township’s drinking water is safe and meets all federal Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and state Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) safety standards. 

If you have aquariums or special health concerns, please consider taking extra precautions such as

  • Customers using tap water for at-home kidney dialysis should consult with their doctor to determine if any changes are necessary in their residual disinfectant neutralization procedures. 
  • Customers using the water for aquariums should monitor both free and combined chlorine residuals.

drinking waterHow do I know our drinking water is safe?

We work to ensure that our treatment plant is producing water in compliance with all existing regulations and that we’re positioned to address forthcoming regulations. Starting in 2000, there has been significant improvement in water quality due to replacing the disinfectant-free chlorine with chloramine. This change resulted in significant reductions in disinfection byproduct formation.

What is the disinfectant switch?

  • Between June and November, the West View Water Authority switches to chloramines as the disinfectant to treat drinking water. It is formed by mixing chlorine with a small amount of ammonia. Chloramine has been used by water systems for almost 90 years and over 68 million Americans receive drinking water treated with chloramines. More about chloramines
  • Between November and June, the West View Water Authority switches from chloramines to free chlorine for the disinfection of drinking water. Free chlorine is a stronger and faster-acting disinfectant. Customers may notice a slight difference in the taste and odor of their drinking water while chlorine is in use.

My water appears white, cloudy, or milky-colored or has air bBubbles and seems to fizz. What should I do?

It is not uncommon to see this trend in the winter months. Most likely, this is air in the line and is no cause for alarm. If you run your water for a short time, it should clear. Here are some other possible explanations:

A shut down of water mains or low main pressure – air bubbles may be present in water after there has been a break or draining of a water main. 

Water can absorb more air at higher water pressures- When this water that is under pressure experiences a reduction in pressure (when water leaves a spigot to fill a glass) it releases air bubbles and that results in a milky appearance.

Temperature changes -Cold water can hold greater amounts of air than warm water. Therefore, air is released upon warming cold water saturated with air. The air released is the form of small air bubbles, which gives the water a milky or carbonated appearance.

Hot water tank malfunction or when thermostat is set higher than 140 F - water releases air bubbles when heated. For this reason hot water usually contains some air bubbles. This condition is most noticeable in the winter months. It is also noticeable in the first water drawn from a hot water tank after the tank has been idle overnight.

Warming of cold water lines – cold water lines in basements, above the ground or attached to sides of buildings when warmed by internal home heat or exposed to the sun. 

Zinc- can be dissolved from galvanized piping and form bluish -white deposits in water. Since distribution piping is not made of zinc, this usually is caused by galvanized pipes within the residence. Restaurants are sometimes the source of milky water caused by zinc where water passes through coils of galvanized pipe surrounded by ice. If you still feel there is a concern, please contact us at 724-776-4806. 

My water has a reddish and/or rusty tint. I have a discolored load of laundry. What can I do?

Each year, we conduct an annual hydrant flushing program. This is routine maintenance to flush sediment from the water system, check the fire hydrant operation, and test chlorine levels in the water lines. Discolored water and fluctuations in water line pressure are normal during flushing. The reddish tint is caused by the fast flowing water stirring up the iron oxide sediments from the water distribution piping.  If you run your water for a short time, it should clear. Customers should delay washing laundry when discolored water is present.  However, if a load of laundry is discolored, keep the clothes wet. When the water runs clear, rewash the wet clothes along with your detergent and stain remover and rewash according to clothing label directions.  If you still feel there is a concern, please contact us at 724-776-4806.