How long before our current process of treating drinking water is ineffective?

Pierre's current system provides water that meets all current federal and state drinking water safety standards.  

The federal Environment Protection Agency is currently reviewing its regulations. Changes to their regulations may impact Pierre's treatment process, but no regulatory changes have been identified at this time.


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1. Why doesn't Pierre just tie into Mid-Dakota's water system?
2. Is it still possible to get treated water from Mid-Dakota that already has a treatment plant north of town?
3. How long before our current process of treating drinking water is ineffective?
4. If voters approve the development of a Water Treatment Plant, how long would it take for treated water to flow?
5. What chemicals are added to the current drinking water? (Fluoride, chlorine ect….)
6. I’ve heard that manganese is a potential health concern. What is our current concentrations vs treated concentrations of manganese?
7. How much park land would be taken up by the proposed Water Treatment Plant.
8. Could the City use its existing deep wells along the river to irrigate our parks with untreated water?