MAYFLOWER, Ark. (KTHV) - The City of Mayflower provided the following update Thursday on its website regarding the area's drinking water.
"Mayflower's Drinking Water Supply Continues to be Safe
The City of Mayflower reported today (April 4) that Mayflower's drinking water supply has not been impacted by the oil spill that occurred on March 29.
Raymond Arnold, City of Mayflower water superintendent, confirmed that the city's drinking water is safe and that the city will continue to work with Community Water System to monitor the water supply.
Community Water System manages the Mayflower's water supply, which is sourced from Greer's Ferry Lake, located about 65 miles northeast of Mayflower.
Community Water System is regulated by the Arkansas Department of Health and guided by the National Safe drinking Water Act. The Community Water System monitors both treated and untreated water for 24 hours a day, seven days a week to ensure that Mayflower's drinking water is safe and healthy.
About Community Water System
Community Water System serves the water needs of north central Arkansas. Utilizing Greers Ferry Lake as its source water, the system began supplying water to approximately 1500 customers in Greer's Ferry, Higden, Edgemont and Fairfield Bay in 1970. Community Water System supplies water to approximately 6100 retail water users and 10 wholesale users located in portions of Van Buren, Cleburne, Faulkner and Stone Counties Arkansas. This represents a service area of greater than 200 square miles with a population served of approximately 65,000.
About Greer's Ferry Lake
Greer's Ferry Lake is a White River Basin project built by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and completed in July of 1964. The dam is located on the Little Red River just northeast of Heber Springs, Arkansas. The purpose of the lake is flood control and the generation of hydroelectric power, but it also provides exceptional recreational opportunities as well as an excellent source for water. Greer's Ferry Lake has 40,500 surface acres when the pool level is at its highest point and 31,500 surface acres during low or conservation levels. There are from 276 to 343 miles of shoreline depending on lake levels."
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