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Posted on: October 6, 2023

Clarksville Water System earns fifth perfect score



CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – Clarksville Gas & Water earned a perfect score of 100 on its recent water system sanitary survey conducted by the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation (TDEC). 

The sanitary survey is an unannounced onsite, in-depth inspection by a TDEC review team over the course of a few days, which evaluates and inspects every facet of the water system and ensures the City of Clarksville is delivering safe and reliable drinking water to the public.

In late August, the TDEC review team conducted the survey and delivered the good news in mid-September marking the fifth time the Clarksville Water System earned a perfect score of 100 since 2010.

“This is  the fifth water system sanitary survey in which we’ve received a perfect score of 100,” said Mark Riggins, Clarksville Gas & Water General Manager.

“All of this has happened since our current Water Operations Division team has been in place, and I cannot express how proud I am of each one of them for their commitment to this remarkable achievement that emphasizes safety and the highest quality for the benefit of our customers,” Riggins said.

Of note, this latest perfect score uniquely came with no recommendations, which is extremely rare under TDEC’s stringent standards, according to Chris Lambert, Water Operations Division Manager, and Chris Cherry, Assistant Water Operations Division Manager.

The perfect score is important to the community as evidence of the success the Clarksville Water System professionals have achieved in providing safe and reliable drinking water around the clock to the community. The State’s in-depth examination shows ongoing excellence maintained with proper operations, daily water-quality testing and rigorous monitoring of the water plant and the area-wide water distribution system.

The sanitary survey looks intensely at operations and maintenance, safety programs, employee training and certification, records and documentation, water treatment techniques, water quality tests, water distribution system, cross connection, backflow prevention, engineering, equipment, facilities and construction procedures.

“Our Water Operations Division is under the best-possible leadership with Mark Riggins, Chris Lambert and Chris Cherry setting the bar high for safe, reliable municipal drinking water,” said Clarksville Mayor Joe Pitts.

“Amid citywide growth, this is a vital concern for the residents of the City of Clarksville, and we can all rest assured, as this latest TDEC report confirms, that we are in excellent hands. I thank everyone at Clarksville Gas & Water, and congratulate them, for consistent excellence in safety and quality,” Mayor Pitts said.

About Clarksville Water System

The Clarksville water system is rated to produce 28 million gallons per day (MGD) and has the ability to peak for periods at 30 MGD. The water treatment process is a conventional primary treatment (coagulation, flocculation and sedimentation) with a state-of-the-art membrane micro-filtration. The water system delivers a daily average of 19.85 MGD of safe and reliable drinking water to Clarksville and Montgomery County citizens by an expert staff of water professionals.

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