The Jacob Fork River is the primary water source for Newton's drinking water. Source water from the Jacob's Fork is treated at the City of Newton Filtration Plant. The plant has been operational since 1988 and has the capacity to process eight million gallons of drinking water per day.
Frequently Asked Questions
Q: Where does Newton's drinking water come from?
A: The Jacob Fork River is the primary water source for Newton's drinking water. The Jacob Fork flows approximately 20 miles over solid bedrock where it is well oxygenated and most volatiles are removed. The Jacob Fork River has no commercial or city discharge facilities located along its 20-mile stretch; therefore the purity of the water is excellent.
Q: How is Newton's water treated for drinking purposes?
A: Source water from the Jacob Fork River is treated at the City of Newton Water Treatment Plant. During treatment, source water undergoes a series of processes including:
-Coagulation -- chemicals are mixed into the water to form a solid material around small particles in the raw water, causing them to clump together.
-Sedimentation -- particles settle to the bottom of large settling tank and then removed.
-Filtration -- water flows through filters of carbon and sand to remove any remaining particles.
-Disinfection -- chlorine is added to disinfect the water. Treated water is required to meet stringent standards set by the USEPA and the N.C Department of Environment and Natural Resources.
North Carolina has 157 surface water treatment plants. The City of Newton is one of only three plants in the entire state that has exceeded the requirements and received the Area Wide Optimization Program (AWOP) award. The City of Newton is the only plant statewide that has earned this prestigious award every year since its inception.