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City Seeking Volunteers for Water Quality Testing

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The City of San Marcos is seeking volunteers who are receiving water from the city’s public water system to assist with with a water monitoring program.

Currently the City of San Marcos is required to conduct periodic water quality testing of its drinking water by the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ).

The City’s water system is scheduled to conduct monitoring within 2 six-month monitoring periods where the first period begins July 1st, 2015 and ends December 31, 2015. The second period begins January 1st, 2016 and ends June 30th, 2016.

To complete the water quality testing, the City is asking for assistance from residents who use the city’s public water and are willing to volunteer to take the one-time sample.

Director of Communications, Kristi Wyatt, describes the process as incredibly easy.

“It’s really simple. It’s actually 3 steps that a resident has to take. First of all you need to go to our website at sanmarcostx.gov, and there’s this survey option, in there for you to take a survey that let’s us know when your house was built, what kinds of pipes you have. It’s just kind’ve four or five simple questions. And then once that survey is complete, if you’re chosen as one of the residents for the program, then all you have to do is take the container we provide for you, fill it up with tap water from the kitchen or the bathroom, and then leave it on your front porch and someone will pick it up. And after that we’re able to send the results off to check for copper and lead in our water. And then we’ll actually notify you of the results from your home, and it’ll help the City meet our water requirements for both the state and federal water requirements as well.”

The City plans to provide the sampling containers to those approved to volunteer. Water customers who are interested in participating can find the survey at sanmarcostx.gov/waterqualityprogram or can call 512-393-8038.

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