None of the public water mains in the Springfield system are made of lead; they are made of cast iron, ductile iron, or concrete. However, because some water service lines, home plumbing, fixtures, and solder may contain lead materials or parts, precautions are taken to prevent lead from leaching into the water customers rely on at the tap.
Yes! We welcome citizens, church groups, and school field trips at the plant. All tours and visits must be pre-authorized and scheduled ahead of time. To schedule a tour, please call (937) 525-5880.
Sensitivity to the odor of chlorine varies among customers. The chlorine odor of tap water is directly attributed to the disinfection process. Disinfection is a requirement of the Federal government for all Public Water Systems to help protect against bacteria, viruses, and parasites. Chlorine residuals in the distribution system must be maintained between 0.2 to 4.0 parts per million.
Springfield’s water undergoes several treatment processes after arriving at the plant and before it is sent to the distribution system. The water treatment process includes coagulation and flocculation (to cause small particles from the raw water to adhere to each other), sedimentation (to remove those particles), chlorination (for disinfection), and filtration (to remove the very smallest particles). Sodium hexametaphosphate is also added to help with corrosion control and stability.
The Springfield Water Treatment Plant receives its drinking water from 12 wells located in the Mad River Valley Buried Aquifer. To minimize the risk of contamination, the City has a Wellhead Protection Area that encompasses all lands within a 5-year time of travel to the well field. The City has developed a comprehensive plan to manage all potential sources of contamination within this zone and to minimize impacts to the aquifer.