As lake levels decrease due to summer evaporation, we expect to see a slight increase in minerals present in the City’s source water prior to treatment. This occasionally results in a slight discoloration due to the presence of iron and manganese, which is normal during the later part of summer.
U.S. EPA has not set maximum contaminant levels (MCLs) for iron and manganese in drinking water as these naturally occurring minerals do not pose any known adverse health risks. Secondary drinking water levels have been established for these minerals for aesthetic and taste reasons only. The City of Ballinger understands that the presence of these minerals can diminish the aesthetic and flavor quality of our water and is committed to managing these levels to the best of our ability.
To address this issue, the City has implemented a weekly water line flushing program. If, however, you are still noticing a discoloration of your water, please feel free to contact City Hall at (325) 365-3511 and kindly inform our team of this issue. We will then address any specific locations necessary to flush.