Water Quality

Conservation & Properties

View our conservation information brochure.

The following are the current Germantown water properties, last observed by the Northern Lake Service, Inc. in March of 2012:
  • Hardness: 24 grains
  • Fluoride: 1.3 pp
  • Iron: .23 ppm
  • Alkalinity: CaCO3 270 mg/L
  • Calcium: Ca by ICP 100.8 mg/L
  • Chloride: Cl 38.83mg/L
  • Copper: Cu by ICP <0.01 mg/L
  • Dissolved Solids: 518.33 mg/L
  • Manganese: Mn by ICP 26.33 ug/L
  • pH in Lab: 7.19 s.u.
  • Phosphorus: P 0.014 mg/L
  • Sulfate: SO4 127.2 mg/L

Pool Fills

The following is information as it pertains to sewer billing (March 15 to September 15). Readings may be taken by the homeowner before and after the pool fill(s) and then reported to the utility clerk at 262-250-4703. When contacting the utility clerk, please provide your name, your address, your phone number, date(s) of pool fill(s), and before / after meter readings.

Please note: Most pool fills are encompassed in the “Summer Sewer Billing Adjustment," specified in the rate sheet. If an amount should exceed that automatic adjustment, it will then appear as an itemized pool fill credit.

Water Odor

In each water heater there is installed at least one anode rod for corrosion protection of the tank. Certain water conditions will cause a reaction between this rod and the water. The most common complaint associated with the anode rod is one of a “rotten egg smell”. This odor is derived from hydrogen sulfide gas dissolved in the water. The smell is the result of four factors which must all be present for the odor to develop:
  • A concentration of sulfate in the supply water
  • Little or no dissolved oxygen in the water
  • A sulfate reducing bacteria within the water heater (This harmless bacteria is non-toxic to humans.)
  • An excess of active hydrogen in the tank (This is caused by the corrosion protective action of the anode.)

Smelly water may be eliminated or reduced in some water heater models by replacing the anode(s) with one of less active material, and then chlorinating the water heater tank and all hot water lines.

More Information

For more information, check out the Water Heater Rescue site.