What about chlorine in the drinking water?
The City of Mesquite does not maintain a "free chlorine" residual in the drinking water. The NTMWD uses "chloramines" for water disinfection, leaving a chloramine residual behind for secondary disinfection of water in the distribution system. In other words there is a chloramine product in the water which is available to disinfect anything that might enter the system after initial treatment.

Chlorine alone was found to bind with other materials to produce a biproduct considered to be carcinogenic in nature. Chloramines are formed by combining chlorine and ammonia before injection to the water. This combination stabilizes the chlorine greatly reducing the production of carcinogens, thus meeting Federal Drinking Water rules. In addition, this combination lasts much longer in the system for secondary disinfection.

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1. Where does Mesquite's drinking water originate?
2. Who treats the water received from Lavon?
3. What type of water facilities are located in Mesquite?
4. Who treats the wastewater in Mesquite and where is the plant located?
5. Sometimes the tap water appears white and milky. Why is this?
6. Sometimes the water is brownish or even yellow in color. Why is this?
7. Sometimes I have small particles clogging my faucets and shower head. What is this material?
8. What is the white substance left behind in the pot when we boil water?
9. What is the hardness level of the water in Mesquite?
10. Is fluoride added during the treatment process?
11. How can I obtain a report on the drinking water?
12. What about chlorine in the drinking water?
13. What about water testing?
14. I never see anyone testing at my home, why is this?
15. Occasionally I see water running and no one repairing it. Why is this?
16. How large is Mesquite's water system?
17. My water was cut off and I was not notified. Why is this?
18. Why do I see fire hydrants running and no one around? Why are we wasting water?
19. My water has an earthy or musty taste and odor. What causes this?
20. I have a metal meter box with a locking lid. I can't get to the valve to shut off my water.