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
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.
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?
Drinking 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.
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.
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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Statement - 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?
Norris Water Commission,
Board of Commissioners meets on the third Monday of each month at 12:00 Noon at the Norris Community Building, 20 Chestnut
Drive, Norris, TN.
Is our water
system meeting other rules that govern our operations?
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
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
the events of September 11, 2001, we realize that our
customers are concerned about the security of their drinking water.
We urge the
public to report any suspicious activities at any utility facilities, including treatment plants, tanks, fire hydrants, etc.
To the Norris City Office (865) 494-7645 or the Norris Public Safety 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
more information about your drinking water, please call us at (865) 494-7645
Water & Sewer Superintendent