Water Quality and Safety
Water quality is regulated by the State of Texas. The annual Water Quality Report (also called the Consumer Confidence Report) summarizes information about the quality of drinking water. The City of Allen is rated as a Superior Water system, the highest level possible. Find more information about water quality on the North Texas Municipal Water District website.
- What is temporary change in disinfectant (TCD)?
- What is a "chlorine burn" and is it different than "chlorine maintenance" or "TCD"?
- Can you reduce the amount of chlorine in the water so the taste and odor isn’t as noticeable and disinfection byproducts (DBPs) are reduced?
- What are disinfection by-products (DBP)?
- Does Allen comply with DBP limits? How do we know tests are accurate?
- Does our water system contain any lead pipes?
- How does Allen regulate levels of lead and copper?
- Where can I learn more about lead and copper in drinking water?
- Where does the list of regulated contaminants and allowed concentration limits or ranges come from?
- How are new contaminants selected for the list of contaminants and how are the limits established?
- What are the guidelines on commercial flushing?
- How can I influence water quality and safety?
Water quality testing and maintenance in Allen
Sampling and testing
The City's water system is sampled and tested in accordance with State and Federal requirements to ensure the citizens of Allen have a safe, potable water supply
The City’s pump station operators monitor system conditions 24 hours a day to ensure disinfectant concentrations at our ground and elevated storage towers remain in the specified concentration range. The disinfectant concentration range is important because it must be high enough to eliminate microorganisms while not getting so high that it harms those that consume the water.
Storage tank maintenance
The City annually contracts for professional ground and elevated storage tank inspections to assure the tanks remain in good condition. The inspections can recommend tank cleanings to remove accumulated sediment. Any recommended cleanings are quickly accomplished. These cleanings promote water quality. The inspections also assess the condition of the interior of tank material to assure the inner surface of steel tanks are protected.
The City also professionally assesses the condition of exterior and interior paint coating as tanks age to assure they are repainted at an adequate frequency. The City’s five elevated steel tanks and two steel ground storage tanks can be preserved and safely used for over 100 years if they are properly inspected and maintained. Three of the City’s ground storage tanks are concrete tanks that do not require interior painting, but may require interior cleaning and exterior painting.
Building codes require a permit for a backflow device, which helps eliminate cross-contamination of the water system. The Water and Sewer Division closely monitors and these devices, especially those in high hazard areas such as restaurants or dentist offices. The City and state require a Backflow Test Report to be completed every six months or a year, depending on the location. Any certified plumber may perform this test. Residents may also choose from a list of backflow testers.