Why is Chlorine in my drinking water?

Why is Chlorine in my drinking water?

     Why is Chlorine added to your drinking water? The main objective is to control pathogenic, (disease-causing) microorganisms by destroying or inactivating them to meet the goal of providing a clean, safe and reliable source of drinking water to our … Continue reading

City of St. Helens Water System Data

Drinking Water System & Filtration Facility Data Distribution System Data City of St. Helens Public Water System ID 4100724 City of St. Helens Resident Population Served 12,895 Residents Size of Distribution system 64 Miles City of St. Helens Service Connections 4,700 Connections Total … Continue reading

What’s in YOUR water? Think before drinking from a stream

Giardiasis Giardia; Traveler’s diarrhea – giardiasis   Giardiasis Giardiasis is an intestinal infection caused by a protozoan and is spread by contaminated water or contact with an infected person. People who are travelling or hiking should assume water sources are … Continue reading

Understanding “parts per million”

What is a part per million, or a part per billion even a part per trillion? In water quality reports and water analysis studies we see results of contaminants in our water expressed as parts per million, parts per billion … Continue reading

Preparing YOUR “Bug out kit” …..

…before an emergency occurs.  When looking at the pictures above, when would you say would be the best time to start preparing your “To Go” bag or “bug out” kit?  I prefer the picture on the left, a calm, empty day … Continue reading

Emergency Water Supply, Are YOU Ready?

Do you have an Emergency Water Supply?   If an earthquake, winter storm, or other disaster strikes our community, you might not have access to food, water and electricity for days or even weeks. Disaster strikes at a moments notice, … Continue reading


Cryptosporidium: A Waterborne Pathogen B.K. Avery, A. Lemley and A.G. Hornsby What is Cryptosporidium? Cryptosporidium (crip-toe-spor-ID-ee-um) is a protozoan, a single-celled, microscopic pathogenic (disease causing)  parasite that lives in the intestines of animals and people.  The parasite can cause a gastrointestinal illness called … Continue reading

Water conservation

How many drips are in a gallon? Check your faucets around your home — do any of them drip? Well, maybe it’s just a small drip — how much water can a little drip waste? True, a single drip won’t waste … Continue reading

The Ranney Collector Well

The Ranney Collector Well

The source of the City of St. Helens drinking water is supplied from Ranney collector wells that are mechanically dug down 80 feet into the West bank of the Columbia River.  The bottom of the collector well penetrates the zone of … Continue reading

What is a “Boil Water Notice”?

What is a “Boil Water Notice”?

A boil water notice is a notification that advises customers to boil tap water used for drinking, cooking and ice-making until tests verify the water is safe. The sampled water test generally take 24 hours to complete. It is not necessary … Continue reading