Owensboro Municipal Utilities has always maintained their own water quality testing laboratories. The utility has released its 2017 water quality report which affects over 55,000 residents in the city of Owensboro as well as three districts that serve the remainder of Daviess County and customers in some surrounding counties. 

Here's something you may not know. OMU does not get its water from the Ohio River; it actually comes from a large, deep underground aquifer on the northeast side of the city along State Route 144. The aquifer contains water that has been naturally filtered. It's then pumped from wells that tap into this water supply. The groundwater is transported through a central gathering line and piped to one of the two treatment plants.

Drinking water, including bottled water, may reasonably be expected to contain at least small amounts of some contaminants. But this doesn't necessarily mean the water poses a health risk. These contaminants can range from microbial to pesticides and herbicides.

Maximum contaminant levels or MCL's are set at very stringent levels. A person would have to drink 2 liters of water every day at the MCL level for a lifetime to a have a one in a million chance of having any health effects.

View the OMU Water Quality report HERE.