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Is Greenville Tap Water Safe to Drink?

Yes! Generally Safe to Drink*

LAST UPDATED: 7:47 pm, July 31, 2022

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Can You Drink Tap Water in Greenville?

Yes, Greenville's tap water is generally considered safe to drink as Greenville has no active health based violations of the Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA) that we are aware of. Other factors such as lead piping in a home, or low levels of pollutants on immunocompromised individuals, should also be considered, however. To find more recent info we might have, you can check out our boil water notice page, the city's water provider website, or Greenville's local Twitter account.

According the EPA’s ECHO database, from April 30, 2019 to June 30, 2022, Greenville's water utility, Greenville Utilities Comm, had 0 violations of the Safe Drinking Water Act. For more details on the violations, please see our violation history section below. The last violation for Greenville was resolved on May 31, 2013. This assessment is based on the Greenville Utilities Comm water system, other water systems in the city may have different results.

While tap water that meets the EPA health guidelines generally won’t make you sick to your stomach, it can still contain regulated and unregulated contaminants present in trace amounts that could potentially cause health issues over the long-run. These trace contaminants may also impact immunocompromised and vulnerable individuals.

The EPA is reviewing if it’s current regulations around pollutant levels in tap water are strict enough, and the health dangers posed by unregulated pollutants, like PFAS.

Water Quality Report for Greenville Tap Water

The most recent publicly available numbers for measured contaminant levels in Greenville tap water are in its 2020 Water Quality Report. As you can see, there are levels which the EPA considers to be acceptable, but being below the maximum allowable level doesn’t necessarily mean the water is healthy.

Lead in tap water, for example, is currently allowed at up to 15ppb by the EPA, but it has set the ideal goal for lead at zero. This highlights how meeting EPA standards doesn’t necessarily mean local tap water is healthy.

EPA regulations continue to change as it evaluates the long term impacts of chemicals and updates drinking water acceptable levels. The rules around arsenic, as well as, lead and copper are currently being re-evaluated.

There are also a number of "emerging" contaminants that are not currently. For example, PFAS (Per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances), for which the EPA has issued a health advisory. PFAS are called "forever chemicals" since they tend not to break down in the environment or the human body and can accumulate over time.

We recommend looking at the contaminants present in Greenville's water quality reports, or getting your home's tap water tested to see if you should be filtering your water.

Greenville Tap Water Safe Drinking Water Act Violation History - Prior 10 Years

Below is a ten year history of violations for the water system named Greenville Utilities Comm for Greenville in North Carolina. For more details please see the "What do these Violations Mean?" section below.

From May 1, 2013 to May 31, 2013, Greenville had 1 non-health based Safe Drinking Water Act violation with the violation category being Monitoring and Reporting, more specifically, the violation code was Monitoring, Turbidity (Enhanced SWTR) which falls into the Microbials rule code group, and the Surface Water Treatment Rules rule code family for the following contaminant code: Interim Enhanced Surface Water Treatment Rule.

Is there Lead in Greenville Water?

Based on the EPA’s ECHO Database, 90% of the samples taken from the Greenville water system, Greenville Utilities Comm, between sample start date and sample end date, were at or below, 0.0 mg/L of lead in Greenville water. This is 0% of the 0.015 mg/L action level. This means 10% of the samples taken from Greenville contained more lead.

While Greenville water testing may have found 0.0 mg/L of lead in its water, that does not mean your water source has the same amount. The amount of lead in water in a city can vary greatly from neighborhood to neighborhood, or even building to building. Many buildings, particularly older ones, have lead pipes or service lines which can be a source of contamination. To find out if your home has lead, we recommend getting you water tested.

No amount of lead in water is healthy, only less dangerous. As lead accumulates in our bodies over time, even exposure to relatively small amounts can have negative health effects. For more information, please check out our Lead FAQ page.

Are there PFAS in Greenville Tap Water?

Currently, testing tap water for PFAS isn’t mandated on a national level. We do have a list of military bases where there have been suspected or confirmed leaks. There appears to be at least one military base - Seymour Johnson Air Force Base - near Greenville with suspected leaks.

With many potential sources of PFAS in tap water across the US, the best information we currently have about which cities have PFAS in their water is this ewg map, which you can check to see if Greenville has been evaluated for yet.

Our stance is better safe than sorry, and that it makes sense to try to purify the tap water just in case.

Greenville SDWA Violation History Table - Prior 10 Years

Compliance Period Status Health-Based? Category Code Code Rule Code Contaminant Code Rule Group Code Rule Family Code
05/01/2013 - 05/31/2013 Resolved No Monitoring and Reporting (MR) Monitoring, Turbidity (Enhanced SWTR) (38) Long Term 1 Enhanced Surface Water Treatment Rule (122) Interim Enhanced Surface Water Treatment Rule (0300) Microbials (100) Surface Water Treatment Rules (120)

What do these Violations Mean?

Safe Drinking Water Act Violations categories split into two groups, health based, and non-health based. Generally, health based violations are more serious, though non-health based violations can also be cause for concern.

Health Based Violations

  1. Maximum contaminant levels (MCLs) - maximum allowed contaminant level was exceeded.
  2. Maximum residual disinfectant levels (MRDLs) - maximum allowed disinfectant level was exceeded.
  3. Other violations (Other) - the exact required process to reduce the amounts of contaminants in drinking water was not followed.

Non-Health Based Violations

  1. Monitoring and reporting violations (MR, MON) - failure to conduct the required regular monitoring of drinking water quality, and/or to submit monitoring results on time.
  2. Public notice violations (Other) - failure to immediately alert consumers if there is a serious problem with their drinking water that may pose a risk to public health.
  3. Other violations (Other) - miscellaneous violations, such as failure to issue annual consumer confidence reports or maintain required records.

SDWA Table Key

Field Description
Compliance Period Dates of the compliance period.
Status Current status of the violation.
  • Resolved - The violation has at least one resolving enforcement action. In SDWIS, this indicates that either the system has returned to compliance from the violation, the rule that was violated was no longer applicable, or no further action was needed.
  • Archived - The violation is not Resolved, but is more than five years past its compliance period end date. In keeping with the Enforcement Response Policy, the violation no longer contributes to the public water system's overall compliance status. Unresolved violations are also marked as Archived when a system ceases operations (becomes inactive).
  • Addressed - The violation is not Resolved or Archived, and is addressed by one or more formal enforcement actions.
  • Unaddressed - The violation is not Resolved or Archived, and has not been addressed by formal enforcement.
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Health-Based? Whether the violation is health based.
Category Code
The category of violation that is reported.
  • TT - Treatment Technique Violation
  • MRDL - Maximum Residual Disinfectant Level
  • Other - Other Violation
  • MCL - Maximum Contaminant Level Violation
  • MR - Monitoring and Reporting
  • MON - Monitoring Violation
  • RPT - Reporting Violation
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Code A full description of violation codes can be accessed in the SDWA_REF_CODE_VALUES (CSV) table.
Contaminant Code A code value that represents a contaminant for which a public water system has incurred a violation of a primary drinking water regulation.
Rule Code Code for a National Drinking Water rule.
  • 110 - Total Coliform Rule
  • 121 - Surface Water Treatment Rule
  • 122 - Long Term 1 Enhanced Surface Water Treatment Rule
  • 123 - Long Term 2 Enhanced Surface Water Treatment Rule
  • 130 - Filter Backwash Rule
  • 140 - Ground Water Rule
  • 210 - Stage 1 Disinfectants and Disinfection Byproducts Rule
  • 220 - Stage 2 Disinfectants and Disinfection Byproducts Rule
  • 230 - Total Trihalomethanes
  • 310 - Volatile Organic Chemicals
  • 331 - Nitrates
  • 332 - Arsenic
  • 333 - Inorganic Chemicals
  • 320 - Synthetic Organic Chemicals
  • 340 - Radionuclides
  • 350 - Lead and Copper Rule
  • 410 - Public Notice Rule
  • 420 - Consumer Confidence Rule
  • 430 - Miscellaneous
  • 500 - Not Regulated
  • 111 - Revised Total Coliform Rule
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Rule Group Code Code that uniquely identifies a rule group.
  • 120 - Surface Water Treatment Rules
  • 130 - Filter Backwash Rule
  • 140 - Groundwater Rule
  • 210 - Stage 1 Disinfectants and Disinfection Byproducts Rule
  • 220 - Stage 2 Disinfectants and Disinfection Byproducts Rule
  • 230 - Total Trihalomethanes
  • 310 - Volatile Organic Chemicals
  • 320 - Synthetic Organic Chemicals
  • 330 - Inorganic Chemicals
  • 340 - Radionuclides
  • 350 - Lead and Copper Rule
  • 400 - Other
  • 500 - Not Regulated
  • 110 - Total Coliform Rules
  • 410 - Public Notice Rule
  • 420 - Consumer Confidence Rule
  • 430 - Miscellaneous
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Rule Family Code Code for rule family.
  • 100 - Microbials
  • 200 - Disinfectants and Disinfection Byproducts Rule
  • 300 - Chemicals
  • 400 - Other
  • 500 - Not Regulated
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For more clarification please visit the EPA's data dictionary.

Greenville Water - Frequently Asked Questions

To contact customer service for the Greenville water provider, Greenville Utilities Comm, please use the information below.
By Mail: PO BOX 1847
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Existing customers can login to their Greenville Utilities Comm account to pay their Greenville water bill by clicking here.

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If you don't want to make an account, or can't remember your account, you can make a one-time payment towards your Greenville water bill without creating an account using a one time payment portal with your account number and credit or debit card. Click here to make a one time payment.

Starting Your Service

Moving to a new house or apartment in Greenville means you will often need to put the water in your name with Greenville Utilities Comm. In order to put the water in your name, please click the link to the start service form below. Start service requests for water bills typically take two business days.

Start Service Form

Want to create a new account?

Leaving your house or apartment in Greenville means you will likely need to take your name off of the water bill with Greenville Utilities Comm. In order to take your name off the water bill, please click the link to the stop service form below. Stop service for water bills requests typically take two business days.

Stop Service Form

The estimated price of bottled water

$1.67 in USD (1.5-liter)


Greenville tap water
  • Drinking Water Pollution and Inaccessibility 50% Moderate
  • Water Pollution 25% Low
  • Drinking Water Quality and Accessibility 50% Moderate
  • Water Quality 75% High

The above data is comprised of subjective, user submitted opinions about the water quality and pollution in Greenville, measured on a scale from 0% (lowest) to 100% (highest).

Related FAQS

Greenville Water Quality Report (Consumer Confidence Report)

The EPA mandates that towns and cities consistently monitor and test their tap water. They must report their findings in an annual Consumer Confidence Report. Below is the most recent water quality report from Greenville's Water. If you would like to see the original version of the report, please click here.

Water Quality Report


This report contains information about the high-quality water Greenville Utilities treats and delivers to our customers.


Este folleto tiene información importante acerca de la calidad del agua que provee la Ciudad de Greenville. Si tiene preguntas acerca de la calidad del agua, Ilame al Departamento de Water Resources al Greenville Utilities durante las horas de trabajo.

This is a publication of the Public

Information Office.


Our goal is to provide you with a safe and dependable supply of drinking water.

The highly-trained, state-certified staff at our Water Treatment Plant (WTP) continuously monitors the treatment process to ensure our water quality meets regulatory requirements. More than 100,000 tests are performed on hundreds of substances each year to ensure that your drinking water is safe. The WTP currently has the capacity to treat 22.5 million gallons per day (mgd).

During 2020, GUC treated an average of 13.5 million gallons of water a day.

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GUC met or surpassed all federal and state drinking water standards. GUC is committed to providing the highest quality drinking water to our customers. GUC was awarded its 5th consecutive Area Wide Optimization Award and the Partnership for Safe Water Directors Award in 2020. Both programs set water quality goals that are more stringent than EPA drinking water regulations.

We welcome questions and feedback, or any general inquiries you may have. Please contact us at (252) 551-1551.

Connected To You

We treat more than 13.5 million gallons of water each day, serving more than 140,000 people.

Sources of drinking water – both tap and bottled – include rivers, lakes, streams, ponds, reservoirs, springs and wells. As water travels over the surface or through the ground, it dissolves naturally- occurring minerals and, in some cases, radioactive materials, and may pick up substances resulting from human activity or the presence of animals.

Substances that may be present in source water include: biological contaminants, such as viruses and bacteria; inorganic

contaminants, such as salts and metals; pesticides and herbicides; organic chemicals from industrial or petroleum use; and natural or man-made radioactive materials.

To ensure tap water is safe to drink, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) prescribes regulations limiting the amount of certain substances in water provided by public systems. U.S. Food and Drug Administration regulations establish limits for contaminants in bottled water that must

provide the same protection of public health.

Drinking water, including bottled water, may reasonably be expected to contain at least small amounts of some contaminants, but the presence of contaminants does not necessarily indicate that water poses a health risk. More information about contaminants and potential health effects can be obtained from the EPA’s Safe Drinking Water Hotline 1-800- 426-4791.


GUC’s Water Treatment Plant receives its water from the Tar River, which is classified as a surface water supply. Additionally, three area deep wells supplement the surface water supply.

The Treatment Process

Water from the Tar River is pumped into a 63-million-gallon pre-settling reservoir where large, heavy dirt particles begin to settle out as the water slowly moves to the outlet of the reservoir. From there, the water flows to the plant where a coagulant (chemical to help smaller dirt particles come together to form larger particles called floc) is added. The water then passes through a series of mixers, called flocculators, designed to facilitate the formation of floc. After the mixers, the water slows to a snail’s pace as it enters the sedimentation

basins. As it passes through the basins, about 95% of the floc settles to the bottom. The cleaner water from the top of the basin is then channeled to ozone tanks where it is ozonated. This part of the process is called primary disinfection. Harmful bacteria, germs, viruses and microorganisms are killed or inactivated by this process.

Next, the water is filtered where a majority of the remaining particles are removed. Additional chemical treatment happens next. Fluoride is added to help prevent tooth

decay, sodium hydroxide (caustic) is added to increase pH, phosphate is added for corrosion control and chlorine and ammonia are added to form chloramines, which function as the secondary disinfection in the distribution system.

Finished water is then pumped into three, 3,000,000-gallon ground storage tanks and into the distribution system, which includes two elevated tanks

as well as our customers’ homes and businesses.

Our Findings

Listed are substances detected in GUC’s treated water during 2020, unless otherwise noted. Not listed are other substances that were tested for (i.e., MTBE, Mercury, Petroleum products, etc.), but were not detected.

Substances Description and

Highest Level

Highest Level


Ideal Goals

Origin of Substance

Allowed [MCL]




Asbestos (MFL)





Bromate (ppb):



1.3 - <1.0


By-product of drinking water disinfection.

(Running Annual

(Running Annual

(Highest and





lowest site values)


Chloramines (ppm):




- 1.1


Water additive used to control microbes.

(Running Annual

(System Avg.)

(Highest and





lowest site values)


Chlorine (ppm):




- 1.1


Water additive used to control microbes.

(Running Annual

(System Avg.)

(Highest and





lowest site values)


Fluoride (ppm):




- 0.67


A naturally occurring mineral; also added to






water to promote dental health.






Haloacetic Acid (ppb):




- 15.0


By-product of drinking water chlorination.

(Locational Running

(Highest Locational

(Highest and



Annual Avg.)

Running Annual Avg.)

lowest site values)


Total Coliform

(One Total Coliform detected during routine testing (RT). (RT=100/month)

Presence of coliform 1.0%n/a 0/0 bacteria in >5% of

monthly samples

Total Organic Carbon Treated



3.3 - 2.6


Naturally present in the environment.

no violation


(Highest and





lowest site values)


Trihalomethanes (ppb):



29.0 - 7.0


By-product of drinking water chlorination.

(Locational Running

(Highest Locational

(Highest and



Annual Avg.)

Running Annual Avg.)

lowest site value)


Turbidity (NTU):

1.0 and 95% of

0.16 and 100% of



A measure of cloudiness in water.

samples below 0.3

samples below 0.3



It may be caused by inorganic soil particles





or fragments of organic matter that can








interfere with treatment.




Note From Chart

Elevated levels of lead 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.

GUC provides high quality drinking water, but cannot control the variety of materials used in home plumbing components. Minimize the potential for lead exposure by flushing the tap for 30 seconds to two minutes before using water

for drinking or cooking. Information on lead in drinking water, testing methods, and steps to take to minimize exposure are available from the Safe Drinking Water Hotline at (800) 426-4791 or at

Glossary Of Terms

Action Level – The concentration of a contaminant which, if exceeded, triggers additional treatment measures by the public water system.

Locational Running Annual Average – The average of sample analytical results for samples taken at a particular monitoring location during the previous four calendar quarters under the Stage 2 Disinfectants and Disinfection Byproducts Rule.

Maximum Contaminant Level (MCL) – The highest level of a contaminant allowed in drinking water. MCLs are set as close to the MCLGs as feasible using the best available treatment technique.

Maximum Contaminant Level Goal (MCLG) – The level of a contaminant in drinking water below which there is no known or expected risk to health. MCLGs allow for a margin of safety.

Maximum Residual Disinfectant Level (MRDL) – The highest level of a disinfectant allowed in drinking water. There is convincing evidence that addition of a disinfectant

is necessary for control of microbial contaminants.

Maximum Residual Disinfection Level Goal (MRDLG)– The level of a drinking water disinfectant below which there is no known or expected risk to health. MRDLGs do not reflect the benefits of the use of disinfectants to control microbial contaminants.

Nephelometric Turbidity Units (NTU) – Turbidity is a measure of cloudiness in water.

Ninetieth Percentile – The concentration value exceeding the lower ninety percent of samples analyzed and exceeded by the upper ten percent.

Parts Per Billion (ppb) – One part per billion is comparable to one minute in two thousand years or one penny in $10,000,000.

Parts Per Million (ppm) – Equivalent to milligrams per liter. One part per million is comparable to one minute in two years, or one penny out of $10,000.

Picocuries Per Liter (pCi/L) – A measurement of radioactivity per liter.

Treatment Techniques (TT) – A required process intended to reduce the level of contaminants.

  • – is greater than; < – is less than.

Unregulated Contaminant Monitoring Rule (UCMR)

Every five years, the EPA issues the UCMR, a list of unregulated contaminants to be monitored by public water systems. The first UCMR was issued in September 1999.

Through the UCMR, public water

systems provide the EPA data about the presence of these unregulated contaminants in drinking water. The data allows the EPA to determine if the population is being exposed, quantify the level of exposure, and assess the impact of these unregulated contaminants on the

environment and public health. This is the first step in the EPA’s process to determine what new contaminants may need to be regulated.

For more information, visit the EPA Web site at

Unregulated Contaminant Monitoring Rule 4 Data

Substances Description and

Highest Level


Origin of Substance



Anatoxin-a (ug/L):



Cyanobacteria; Source Water



Cylindrospermopsin (ug/L):



Cyanobacteria; Source Water



Total Microcystins & Nodularins (ug/L):



Cyanobacteria; Source Water



Source Water Assessment Program

The NC Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ), Public Water Supply (PWS) section’s Source Water Assessment Program (SWAP) conducted assessments for all drinking water sources across North Carolina. The purpose of the assessments was to determine the susceptibility of each drinking water source (well or surface water intake) to Potential Contaminants Sources (PCSs). The results of the assessment are available in the SWAP Assessment Reports that include maps, background information and a relative susceptibility rating of Higher, Moderate or Lower. The relative susceptibility rating of each source for Greenville Utilities was determined by combining the contaminant rating (number and location of PCSs within the assessment area) and the inherent vulnerability rating (i.e., characteristics or existing

please mail a written request to: Source Water Assessment Program, Report Request, 1634 Mail Service Center, Raleigh NC 27699-1634, or email a request to If you have any questions about the SWAP report, please contact the Source Water Assessment Program by phone at (919) 715-2633.

A susceptibility rating of “higher” does not imply poor water quality, only the system’s potential to become contaminated by PCSs in the assessment area.


conditions of the well or watershed and its delineated assessment area). The assessment findings are summarized in the table to the right.

The report for GUC may be viewed on the web at: https://www. To obtain a printed copy of this report,

Greenville Utilities has four water sources from which to draw: the Tar River (Water Treatment Plant) and three wells located throughout GUC’s system. Susceptibility ratings are as follows:


Higher: Water Treatment Plant

Moderate: WSW Well, SSW Well,

EPW Well

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System Improvements

In 2020, Greenville Utilities increased its storage resiliency by 50% with the construction of a three million gallon ground storage tank. The purpose of the ground storage tanks is to hold finished drinking water at the Plant until it’s ready to be pumped into the distribution system, which includes two elevated storage tanks and our customers’ homes and businesses. The water treatment plant now has a storage capacity of 9 million gallons. In addition, the two elevated tanks have a capacity of 2.5 million gallons.

What You Should Know About Chloramines

The WTP uses chloramines as its secondary disinfectant. Chloramines are intended to form fewer chemicals (by-products) in water, improve the taste and odor of water (compared to chlorine), and last longer in the distribution system to prevent bacterial growth.

Chloraminated water is safe for bathing, drinking, cooking and all

uses we have for water every day. However, there are two groups of people who need to take special care with chloraminated water: kidney dialysis patients and fish owners. Just like chlorine, chloramines must be removed from water used in kidney dialysis machines. If you are a dialysis patient or have questions, please call your physician or dialysis center.

Like chlorine, chloramines are toxic to fish. Fish owners need to remove chlorine, ammonia and chloramines from the water before use with tropical fish. Local pet stores carry water conditioners that remove chloramines. If you have questions, contact your

pet store for information and detailed instructions. For further information about chloramines and chlorine, please call (252) 551-1551.

What You Should Know About Cryptosporidium

Cryptosporidium is a microscopic organism that can cause diarrhea, fever and other gastrointestinal symptoms if ingested. The organism occurs in human and

animal wastes and may be present in local streams and lakes. State and Federal regulations do not require Greenville Utilities to test for cryptosporidium. We go the extra

mile to protect our customers and conduct tests monthly. The WTP includes an ozonation process that inactivates cryptosporidium.

Information For At-Risk Customers

Some people may be more vulnerable to contaminants in drinking water than the general population. Immuno-compromised persons such as those undergoing chemotherapy, organ transplant patients, people with HIV/AIDS

or other immune system disorders, some elderly, and infants can be particularly at risk for infections. These people should seek advice about drinking water from their healthcare providers. EPA/Center for Disease Control guidelines on

appropriate means to lessen the risk of infection by cryptosporidium and other microbial contaminants are available from the Safe Drinking Water Hotline, 1-800-426-4791.

Learn More About Water And Get Involved

While temporarily stopped due to COVID restrictions, we usually provide tours of the WTP and make presentations to groups, including civic organizations and schools. We also have a variety of educational brochures available upon request.

Please contact us at (252) 551-1562 for more information. Our Board of Commissioners meets on the third Thursday of every month at noon, except in June. Meetings are normally held in the Board Room on the second floor of our Main

Office, 401 South Greene Street. The public is welcome to attend. Call 252-551-1500 ahead of time to see if the meeting will be held in person or virtually.

Backflow Prevention

All customers expect their water to be clean and safe. That is why GUC makes sure the water delivered to each customer is of the highest quality. When water leaves the WTP, it is

at its freshest and purest. One of the ways GUC safeguards the water delivered to customers is through the cross-connection control program. This program is designed to prevent contamination of the public water system through an unprotected cross-connection. Whether these connections are permanent or temporary, they can be dangerous and could contaminate or pollute the public water system through backflow. Protective measures must be taken to prevent this potential backflow hazard.

Federal law requires GUC to protect the water supply from potential contamination or pollution. To do

this, all industrial, most commercial and all irrigation customers are required to install backflow prevention assemblies. These assemblies must be installed before any branching

of the customer’s plumbing can occur. Different types of backflow preventers are required depending on the hazard. Severe hazards exist when there is potential that backflow could create a health threat. Lawn irrigation systems, hospitals, medical offices and manufacturing plants using chemicals are some examples of a severe hazard. Moderate hazards exist from a backflow occurrence that causes discolored or aesthetically objectionable water, but is not a health threat. Restaurants and convenience stores are examples of moderate hazards.

Facilities on GUC’s public water system are evaluated to determine

which hazard(s), if any, may potentially exist and the type of backflow prevention assembly that is required. After an approved backflow prevention assembly has been installed and tested, it must be re-tested annually. Only individuals who have been certified through a GUC-approved testing school can test backflow assemblies.

Greenville Utilities constructed a backflow testing lab to ensure contractors and plumbers have the knowledge and skills needed to install and test backflow assemblies. Opened in March 2008, the Lab is housed in its own building on the grounds of the WTP and provides a site for quarterly recertification classes and bi-annual training classes. For more information on the Cross-Connection Control Program, call (252) 551-1551.

Water Conservation & Protection

Save Water and Money—Use Water Wisely:

  • Repair all leaks and drips. At one drop per second, a leaky faucet wastes nearly 2,500 gallons/year–enough water for 160 full dishwasher cycles.
  • Limit showers to five minutes or less.
  • Catch water in an empty tuna can to measure sprinkler output. 3/4 to 1 inch of water is enough to apply each time you irrigate.
  • Ensure sprinklers water only the landscape, not driveways/streets.

To Properly Dispose of Hazardous Products:

  • Motor Oil/Batteries: Take to the Pitt County Landfill on Allen Road, (252) 902-3350.
  • Paint: Remove container lid and let paint harden completely. Containers with lids removed will be collected curbside.
  • Pesticides/Herbicides: Contact North Carolina Cooperative Extension Service at
    (252) 902-1700.
  • You can prevent sanitary sewer overflows by disposing of cooking oils and grease as solid waste in your home garbage collection.

For More Information:

Environmental Protection Agency Ariel Rios Building

1200 Pennsylvania Avenue NW

Mail Code 3213A

Washington, DC 20460

  1. 260-2090 (fax)

Safe Drinking Water Hotline (800) 426-4791

NC Department of

Environmental Quality

1601 Mail Service Center

Raleigh, NC 27699-1601

  1. 733-4984

American Water Works Association

6666 West Quincy Avenue

Denver, CO 80235

  1. 926-7337

Greenville Utilities

PO Box 1847

Greenville, NC 27835-1847

  1. 551-1551


Greenville Utilities Comm.

EWG's drinking water quality report shows results of tests conducted by the water utility and provided to the Environmental Working Group by the North Carolina Department of Environment and Natural Resources, as well as information from the U.S. EPA Enforcement and Compliance History database (ECHO). For the latest quarter assessed by the U.S. EPA (January 2019 - March 2019), tap water provided by this water utility was in compliance with federal health-based drinking water standards.

Utility details

  • Serves: 95500
  • Data available: 2012-2017
  • Data Source: Surface water
  • Total: 20

Contaminants That Exceed Guidelines

  • Bromate
  • Bromodichloromethane
  • Chloroform
  • Chromium (hexavalent)
  • Dibromochloromethane
  • Dichloroacetic acid
  • Total trihalomethanes (TTHMs)
  • Trichloroacetic acid

Other Detected Contaminants

  • Bromoform
  • Chlorate
  • Chromium (total)
  • Dibromoacetic acid
  • Fluoride
  • Haloacetic acids (HAA5)
  • Manganese
  • Molybdenum
  • Monobromoacetic acid
  • Monochloroacetic acid
  • Strontium
  • Vanadium


Always take extra precautions, the water may be safe to drink when it leaves the sewage treatment plant but it may pick up pollutants during its way to your tap. We advise that you ask locals or hotel staff about the water quality. Also, note that different cities have different water mineral contents.

Sources and Resources

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