Tahoe Tap starts with some of the finest source water in the world. Public water systems are more rigorously tested and monitored than the bottled water industry. In order to ensure that tap water is safe to drink, the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) prescribes many regulations and testing requirements that limit the amount of certain contaminants in water provided by public water systems. The Federal Food and Drug Administration (FDA) regulations establish limits for contaminants in bottled water. The EPA standards for tap water are much more stringent than the FDA standards for bottled water. Tap water costs less than a penny per gallon and we are fortunate to have some of the finest drinking water in the world!
How can I find out about our water quality?
Each June a comprehensive Consumer Confidence Report (CCR) on the water quality of the system is published and sent to all customers. This is in compliance with Federal EPA reporting requirements.
Where does my drinking water come from?
The source of your drinking water is Lake Tahoe. Pumped directly out of the lake, your drinking water is first disinfected, then distributed through 90 miles of pipelines, stored in one of 13 water storage tanks and finally delivered to your property. Due to the high quality of our drinking water source, IVGID is not required to perform filtration. Our treatment system meets stringent national water quality standards through rigorous watershed management practices, extensive water quality monitoring and state-of-the-art ozone and ultraviolet disinfection with a chlorine residual.
How healthy is our drinking water?
Our drinking water is healthy and pleasant to drink! The water tests well below the maximum contaminant level for both health and aesthetic contaminants. In 2012 2013 and 2016, IVGID won the “Best Tasting Water in Nevada Award” from the Nevada Rural Water Association.
IVGID is a member of the Tahoe Water Suppliers Association (TWSA). This group provides a unified voice for source water protection in the Tahoe Basin. As purveyors of some of the finest drinking water in the United States, we encourage you to fill up a glass and DRINK TAHOE TAP!
To learn more about how you can protect the source of your drinking water, visit the TWSA website: www.TahoeH2O.org or call (775) 832-1284.
Should I be concerned about lead?
Your water meets State and federal requirements for lead. If present at elevated levels, this contaminant can cause serious health problems, especially for pregnant women and young children. Lead in drinking water is primarily from materials and components associated with service lines and home plumbing. IVGID’S water system is responsible for providing high quality drinking water, but cannot control the variety of materials used in plumbing components. When your water has been sitting for several hours, you can minimize the potential for lead exposure by flushing your tap for 30 seconds to 2 minutes before using water for drinking or cooking. If you are concerned about lead in your drinking water, you may wish to have your water tested. Information on lead in drinking water, testing methods, and steps you can take to minimize exposure is available from the Safe Drinking Water Hotline or at www.epa.gov/safewater/lead.
Residents concerned that there may be lead in the water at their home can contact a laboratory to order a sample bottle and purchase a lead analysis. The lab will provide instructions on how to collect a sample for lead and copper testing. For a list of labs certified to perform drinking water analyses, visit the Nevada Division of Environmental Protection website at: ndep.nv.gov/water/lab-certification/drinking-water-testing. IVGID does not test for lead in a home's water supply unless the residence meets the EPA’s criteria to be part of the copper and lead sampling program.
For additional information about lead in drinking water, visit the Nevada Division of Environmental Protection Agency website or the EPA website at: www.epa.gov/dwreginfo/lead-and-copper-rule or ndep.nv.gov/water/drinking-water/information-for-consumers/lead-faq.
Should I filter the water?
IVGID tap water is safe and pleasant to drink from the tap. If you have concerns about the tap water, a simple carbon block filter (pitcher or tap mount) will remove final traces of metals (from your plumbing), chlorine (a disinfectant required in municipal water distribution) and resolve any taste or odor issues.
Does IVGID add fluoride to the drinking water?
No fluoride is added to community drinking water.
Is chlorine used in the water?
Yes, chlorine is used in the water to make sure it stays disinfected while it travels through the water infrastructure to your property. Chlorine will dissipate over time with exposure to air and can also be removed from the water with the use of a carbon water filter.
Should the water be filtered? If you have concerns about the tap water, a simple carbon block filter (pitcher or tap mount) will remove final traces of metals (from your plumbing), chlorine (a disinfectant required in municipal water distribution) and resolve any taste or odor issues.
What agencies set testing standards for drinking water?
In order to ensure that tap water is safe to drink, the EPA prescribes many regulations and testing requirements that limit the amount of certain contaminants in water provided by public water systems. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) regulations establish limits for contaminants in bottled water. In general, the EPA standards for tap water are much more stringent than the FDA standards for bottled water.