STEWART KNOW-IT-ALL: How do we get water?

- Mariah Somers, third grader at GT Norman Elementary School

Whether you live in the city or out in the country, the water you drink comes from one of two sources; surface water or groundwater. Surface waters are sources such as rivers, lakes, streams and reservoirs. If you live in a bigger city this is where your water most likely comes from. Groundwater is found below the Earth’s surface and is collected by drilling wells to pump the water out of the ground. Water that falls from the sky as rain or snow moves down through the soil and collects in natural storage areas known as aquifers. Smaller cities and individual houses out in the country utilize groundwater sources to provide drinking water.

In the City of Evart, we provide our citizens with safe drinking water from groundwater. Our seven wells pump the water from the ground ranging from 280 to 1,000 gallons per minute. 

After it is pumped from the ground, it is treated with orthophosphate and sodium hypochlorite (bleach). The orthophosphate is used to protect our distribution system pipes from corrosion and the sodium hypochlorite is added to disinfect the water to assure it is safe to drink. Once it leaves the well house, the water moves through a network of pipes in the ground which deliver it to houses and businesses throughout the city. Some of this water also is pumped into our two large storage tanks containing 300,000 (north) and 500,000 (west) gallons of water to maintain pressure in the distribution system and to store water in case of emergencies such as fires.

When you turn on your faucet at home, you take it for granted that the water that comes out is safe for you to drink. The truth is that there are many people responsible for making sure that is a reality.

Patrick Muczynski

Evart Department of Public Works

The Evart Department of Public Works is responsible for the care and maintenance of everything from Evart's streets, to sewers, to sidewalk, to trash pick-up and yard waste removal.