Water Quality & Treatment 

  1. Water Professionals
  2. Water Quality Report

Water workers in yellow vests in control room at Brown Water Treatment Plant.Everyone expects to turn on their tap and have clean, safe drinking water flow out. But this takes committed water professionals who work together to fulfill the City’s needs 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year. And they do it in full compliance with all local, state, and federal regulatory requirements--that’s how you know your water is healthy, safe, and pure.

  1. Main Water Sources
  2. Water Treatment Facilities
  3. Water Treatment Process
  4. Chemicals  Added
  5. Water Storage
  6. Pipes and Flushing
  7. Water Meters
  8. Testing for Lead
  9. Drinking Water

Water being released from Little River Dam.Durham has two main sources of raw water. These are Lake Michie, which was completed in 1926, and Little River Reservoir, which was completed in 1987. Lake water is delivered to the City’s treatment plants using a combination of gravity flow and electric and hydro-powered pumping. This keeps electricity costs as low as possible.

The staff of the Water Supply and Treatment Division are in charge of the Lake Michie and Little River pumping stations. They also operate the City’s two water treatment facilities.