Is my drinking water safe?
Norris Water Commission is proud to report to the public that our drinking water is safe and meets all State
and Federal standards.
What is the source of my water?
Norris Water Commission’s Water Treatment
Plant source is the Clear Creek Spring, a ground water source that is protected by 2700 acres of Watershed area.
The Norris Water Commission / Water System
Source rated as moderately
susceptible to potential contamination. The assessment summaries can be viewed online at https://www.tn.cov/environmental/article/wr-wg-source-water-assessment or you may contact the water system to obtain copies
of specific assessments.
Wellhead Protection: The Tennessee Division of
Water Resources has approved the Norris Water Commission Wellhead Protection Plan. A certificate for successfully
completing all submittals for implementation in protecting our ground water source. The Wellhead Protection
Plan is available for public review at the Norris City Office. If you have any questions, please contact
Tony Wilkerson, Water Manager at (865) 494-7645.
Why are there contaminants in my water?
water, including bottled water, may reasonably be expected to contain at least small amounts of some contaminants.
The presence of contaminants does not necessarily indicate that water poses a health risk. Your source of drinking water (both tap water
and bottled water) includes rivers, lakes, streams, ponds, reservoirs, springs and wells. As water travels over the surface
of the land or through the ground, it dissolves naturally occurring minerals and, in some cases, radioactive material, and
can pick up substances resulting from the presence of animal or from human activity.
Contaminants that may
be present in source water:
· Microbial contaminants, such as viruses and bacteria, which may come from sewage treatment plants, septic
systems, agricultural livestock operations, and wildlife.
· Inorganic contaminants, such as salts and metals, which can be naturally-occurring or
result from urban stormwater runoff, industrial, or domestic wastewater discharges, oil and gas production, mining, or farming.
Pesticides and herbicides, which
may come from a variety of sources such as agriculture, urban stormwater runoff, and residential uses.
Organic chemical contaminants,
including synthetic sand volatile organic chemicals, which are by-products of industrial processes and petroleum production,
and can also come from gas stations, urban stormwater runoff, and septic systems.
· Radioactive contaminants, which can be naturally-occurring
or be the result of oil and gas production and mining activities.
In order to ensure that tap water is safe to drink, EPA and
the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation prescribe regulations which limit the amount of certain contaminants
in water provided by public water systems. Norris
Water Commission water treatment process is designed to reduce any set substances to levels well below any health concern.
Food and Drug Administration (FDA) regulations
establish limits for contaminants in bottled water which provide the same protection
for public health.
More information about contaminants and potential health effects can be obtained by calling the Environmental
Protection Agency Safe Drinking Water Hotline (800-426-4791).
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Lead in Drinking Water
“If present, elevated levels of lead can cause serious health problems, especially for pregnant women
and young children. Lead in drinking water is primarily from materials and components associated with service
lines and home plumbing. Norris Water Commission is responsible for providing high quality drinking water,
but cannot control the variety of materials used in plumbing components. When your water has been sitting
for several hours, you can minimize the potential for lead exposure by flushing your tap for 30 seconds to 2 minutes before
using for drinking or cooking. If you are concerned about lead in your water, you may wish to have your
water tested. Information on lead in drinking water, testing methods, and steps you can take to minimize
exposure is available from the Safe Drinking Water Hotline at
How can I get involved?
Water Commission, Board of Commissioners meets on the second Monday of each month at 5 PM at the Norris
Community Building, 20 Chestnut Drive, Norris, TN.
Is our water system meeting other rules that govern our operations?
The State of Tennessee, Division of Water Resources, and EPA requires drinking
water providers to test and report on our water on a regular basis to ensure safety and water quality. Norris
Water Commission meets the requirements set forth by the regulatory agencies. Norris Water Commission and
the employees respect the regulatory requirements and work extremely hard to observe all rules and regulations governing water
treatment and distribution operation on a daily basis.
DO I NEED TO TAKE SPECIAL PRECAUTIONS?
Some people may be more vulnerable to contaminants in drinking
water than the general population. Immuno-compromised persons such as persons with cancer undergoing chemotherapy,
persons who have under-gone organ transplants, people with HIV/AIDS or other immune system disorders, some elderly, and infants
can be particularly at risk from infections. These people should seek advice about their personal sanitation, food preparation,
handling infants and pets, and drinking water from their health care providers. EPA/CDC guidelines on appropriate means to
lessen the risk of infection by Cryptosporidium and other microbiological contaminants are available from the Safe
Drinking Water Hotline
Water System Security
Following the events
of September 11, 2001, we realize that our
customers are concerned about the security of their drinking water.
the public to report any suspicious activities at any utility facilities, including treatment plants, tanks, fire hydrants,
To the Norris City Office (865) 494-7645 or the Norris Police Department (865) 494-0880.
before you flush!
Flushing unused or expired medicines can be harmful to your drinking water. Properly disposing of unused or
expired medication helps protect you and the environment. Keep medication out of Tennessee’s waterways by disposing
of at Norris Public Safety Department. http://www.tn.gov/environment/article/sp-unwanted-pharmaceuticals
For more information
about your drinking water, please call us at (865) 494-7645
& Sewer Superintendent