The water system operates within and, to a limited extent, outside the corporate boundaries of the City. The water supply is obtained from two well fields containing five wells which can supply an aggregate of approximately 14.4 million gallons per day. Water is treated at the well fields by aeration, chlorination and fluoridation.
Treatment capacity is approximately 11 million gallons per day. During a drought period in 1989, water demand reached approximately 80% of treatment capacity but historical maximum demand generally approximates 70% of treatment capacity.
Treated water is stored in two finished water ground storage tanks with a total effective storage capacity of approximately 1,050,000 gallons. Finished water is pumped from these reservoirs into the pipeline distribution system and also into four elevated storage tanks having a combined capacity of approximately 3,000,000 gallons. The water main system consists of approximately 110 miles of 6 feet to 12 feet pipes from which service lines extend to customer connections.
The City considers its present water system to be adequate for current needs. It may in the future consider adding more treatment capacity but has no present plan to do so.