Tarentum Water

Tarentum Borough maintains and operates a public drinking water system. We strive to provide you with a dependable supply of safe, quality drinking water. To meet those expectations, we are continually working to improve our operation, to refine our water treatment process and to protect our water resources. Our drinking water meets all federal and state requirements.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is flouride added to the water?

Yes. The water that Tarentum Brough supplies does contain fluoride.

Why does my drinking water sometimes look cloudy when first taken from a faucet and then clear up?

The cloudy water is caused by tiny air bubbles in the water, similar to gas bubbles in carbonated soft drinks. After a while the bubbles rise to the top and dissipate. This type of cloudiness occurs more often in the winter because colder water holds more dissolved air. Air can be introduced in to the water after pipe repairs or other service disruptions. Call the Water Plant for a main line flush if air is excessive after a leak.

There is a “pink slime” in my shower. Is it from the water?

No. Certain species of airborne bacteria gravitate towards and thrive in a moist environment such as showers, toilets, sink drains, tiles and dog dishes. These bacteria are naturally occurring and unattractive, but generally harmless. The best way to avoid this problem is to keep the surfaces free from bacterial film through regular cleaning using Lysol or a chlorine based product.

What are the black spots, rings or lines in toilets and shower stalls?

Mold and mildew. These fungi grow in places that are continually damp. They should be treated the same as the pink slime.

Is there anything I can do to eliminate the chlorine taste in my water?

Yes. Place a pitcher of water in your refrigerator for cool, fresh water any time. Chlorine will dissipate with time and the water will taste fresh. Reverse osmosis and activated carbon filters are also effective in removing chlorine from water, but choose a reputable vendor and be sure to follow the manufacturer’s instructions for installation and maintenance.

Can I contact the manager of the water plant?

Yes. The Plant manager is Jeffrey Adams. His email address is jadams@tarentumboro.com.

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