What is my water tested for, and how often is it tested?
Water is tested at the plant for chlorine, pH, fluoride levels, bacteria, and turbidity (water clarity). These tests are performed hourly. In addition, a variety of analyzers are used that test the water on a continuous basis to monitor raw water quality and the quality of the water at various points in the treatment process.

In addition to the tests performed at the treatment plant, 100 samples each month are analyzed from various areas of the County water distribution system and tested for bacteria, and chlorine residual. If any test is positive, a new sample is taken from the same area and re-tested. Positive findings must be reported to the Maryland Department of the Environment, and the public would be notified through the media. Harford County has never had a confirmed positive reading related to the water quality of the distribution system.

And periodic samples are taken throughout the distribution system to demonstrate compliance with the lead and copper rule and the disinfection byproducts rule.

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1. Who do I call for a water/sewer line break or other related emergencies?
2. How do I pay my water/sewer bill?
3. Why has my water & sewer bill increased?
4. I have question concerning my water/sewer bill. Who can I speak to?
5. What is in my water?
6. What is my water tested for, and how often is it tested?
7. How can I find out if public water and/or sewer is available on a property I am interested in purchasing?
8. How do I get a water and/or sewer permit?
9. I am moving. Who should I call to get the water turned on at my new residence?
10. Do I need a water and/or sewer permit to connect to public services?
11. How do I connect to public water and/or sewer?
12. I am on a private well system and need my water tested. Who can I call?
13. I am renting a home. Can I have the water bill sent to directly to me?
14. My well went dry. How do I connect to public water?
15. Do you handle Percolation or "Perc" Testing?
16. My septic is failing. How do I connect to public sewer?
17. My water is turned off due to non-payment. Who can I call to get it turned back on?
18. What is the User Benefit Assessment?
19. How much are the connection charges for water and/or sewer
20. What is the 15-year water meter replacement program?
21. What will the replacement of my water meter entail?
22. Will anything change as a result of my new water meter?
23. What if there is a leak at the water meter or any problems after the meter is replaced?