Salt Lake County Health DepartmentGeneral Information Salt Lake County, UT 385-468-4100
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Even though your tap water may meet state and federal water quality standards, it can, at times, have a strange taste or smell or appear discolored. Often the problem is caused by plumbing in your own home, especially in older areas.
Other common aesthetic problems may be a result of low levels of sulfur found at the water source or by algae growth in the reservoirs. While these can change the smell or flavor of the water, they do not usually pose a health risk.
If you are concerned about a change in the taste, smell, or appearance of your drinking water, contact your water system or call us at 385-468-3862.
Your public water system depends on where you live in Salt Lake County. Your water system is the water company that provides your culinary water; it's where you pay your water bill and may be called an “improvement district,” “water conservancy district,” or may be part of your city’s public utility department.
Public drinking water systems must test their water on a regular basis; the frequency of testing depends on the size of the system—water companies with more customers must test more frequently than smaller systems with fewer customers—but ranges from daily to a few times per month.
Water testing includes contaminant testing required by the EPA. Your water system is required to send out a Consumer Confidence Report annually that lists the results of their testing; many water systems also post these reports on their web site.
Health department water inspectors make site visits to water companies and audit water company tests and data to ensure the systems maintain safe drinking water according to the Safe Drinking Water Act.
The health department takes samples in addition to the water system’s samples and has them tested for contaminants.
If you have questions, contact your public water system or call us at 385-468-3862.
Private wells and springs approved as a source of drinking water must meet several testing and design requirements, including quantity, pressure, and quality standards.
Access to an approved drinking water source, either through a public water system or an approved private well or spring, is a requirement for occupying a home in Salt Lake County.
Complete requirements for these individual water systems are listed in Salt Lake County’s Health Regulations but, in summary, an approved system must have:
Wells must have been drilled according to all Utah Division of Water Rights requirements and must meet depth, location, protection zone, and other parameters.
Springs must meet location, collection device, junction box, flow measurement, and other requirements.
If you have questions, contact us at 385-468-3862.
Many consumers are surprised to learn that bottled water may be less safe than their tap water.
The EPA and Utah Division of Drinking Water set standards that all public drinking water providers throughout Salt Lake County must meet. Bottled water providers are not required to meet these same water quality standards.
Some bottled water is treated more than tap water, but other bottled water is not treated at all. If you choose to purchase bottled water, read the label to understand exactly what you are buying, and remember that individually bottled water contributes significantly to our waste stream.
Tap water in Salt Lake County is regularly tested for safety and is the environmentally friendly choice.
Salt Lake County Health Regulation requires public water systems to have an average annual target concentration of 0.7 milligrams of fluoride per liter of water, which is the optimal level indicated by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Fluoride is scientifically proven to:
Because of these proven benefits, Salt Lake County began adding fluoride to public drinking water systems in 2003. Drinking water fluoridation in Salt Lake County occurred through public vote.