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    April 23, 2021

    Celebrating Drinking Water Week

    You use it every day, but you don’t ever really think about it. It’s an essential part of life, but how much do you really know about the City of Bryan’s drinking water? As we celebrate National Drinking Water Week, which is May 2-8, 2021, we recognize the vital role that water plays in our daily lives.

    Bryan’s drinking water comes from deep below ground. The city uses 10 wells in the Simsboro formation of the Carrizo-Wilcox aquifer as the primary source of our drinking water. Bryan also has two reserve wells in the Sparta formation. All of the locations of our wells are in the northern section of Brazos County.

    So, how does the water get from thousands of feet below ground to your home? Once the water from the wells reaches the low-service (transfer) pump station, it passes through cooling towers before being stored in two ground storage reservoirs. These reservoirs can store up to 1.5 million gallons of water. The water is drawn from these reservoirs by the low-service pumps, chlorinated and delivered to the ground storage reservoirs at the high-service pump station. The reservoirs at this location can store 10 million gallons of water. The water is then drawn from these reservoirs by high-service pumps and delivered simultaneously to the city’s water distribution system and elevated storage reservoirs. That’s where it enters your home, so you can enjoy a refreshing glass of water.

    Bryan’s water quality meets or exceeds all primary and secondary drinking water standards. Since our water is sourced from a deep groundwater supply, it is less susceptible to outside pollution and is easier to treat than surface water (which means fewer chances for treatment mistakes). You can even see the City of Bryan Drinking Water Quality Reports from the last several years at

    “Bryan’s water production staff take great pride in ensuring Bryan residents have a reliable source of water at a very consistent quality – the ingredients for a very safe water supply,” said Charles Rhodes, Production and Field Operations Manager.

    Last year, single-family homes in Bryan used more than 1.85 billion gallons of water for things like bathing, cooking, drinking and irrigation.

    National Drinking Water Week was established in 1998 by the American Water Works Association, which formed a coalition with the League of Women Voters, the Association of State Drinking Water Administrators and the US Environmental Protection Agency. The first week of May was established as Drinking Water Week, and the week-long observance was declared in a joint congressional resolution signed by then President Ronald Reagan.

    More information about Drinking Water Week is available on the AWWA website. You can learn more about Bryan’s Water Services Department at

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