Where does our water come from?
Generally speaking, Searcy is a "Surface Water" supplied system. Our water comes from the Little
For us it originates from the deep, cool, bottom waters of the Greer's Ferry Dam discharge. The
has an impoundment dam that forms a considerable supply "lake" on the Little Red River to
source water, even in periods of infrequent dry weather.
Is Searcy's water fluoridated?
In the 2010 legislative session, Act 197 (An Act to provide for certain water systems to
maintain a level of
fluoride to prevent tooth decay) was passed requiring Searcy to continue to add Fluoride to the
water as State law. The optimal level goal is 0.7 mg/l or parts per million.
What is Searcy's water hardness value?
Typically Searcy water is very "Soft" and has an average value of approximately 25-30 mg./l or
1.5 grains per
gallon. This is important as it should take much less soap or detergent to do the same work as
water with a
"harder" value. Under 60 mg/l Hardness is considered "Soft Water." Compared to ground water,
has less contact time with minerals that create hardness conditions.
Which other utilities purchase/use Searcy water?
Searcy sells water wholesale to surrounding utilities for resale to their rural customers.
Searcy sells water
to South West White County (SOWCO), South East White County (SEWCO), North East White County
Hill Water, Judsonia Water, Kensett Water, North East White County Water Assoc. (Bald Knob, Bald
and Russell). In all Searcy pumps, processes, and distributes drinking water for the greater
White County area
and a population total of nearly 60,000 residents.
What is my home's water pressure; what should it be?
Surprising to most consumers, water pressure is determined by gravity. Your home's pressure is
dependent on the
difference in water elevation from the surface in the supply water storage tank and your actual
minus the friction losses imparted by the water traveling through the pipelines and demands on
before arriving at your home. A good average is 50-60 psi. The minimum required by the State
Health is 20 psi. If the water pressure is much over 75 psi a pressure regulator may be required
to bring it
back to lower levels to prevent home plumbing damage. The service tanks do ride and fall with
demand but seldom
enough for consumers to notice pressure changes. If you have drastic pressure changes please
contact the Searcy
Water Utility and report it.
My water is discolored or dingy…is it safe?
It is advisable to report discolored water conditions as it may indicate a broken service line
we need to know
about. Generally, water discoloration is caused by one of two conditions. A flow disturbance
linked to line
maintenance, unusual high flows, or Fire Hydrant operation dislodging the buildup residue on the
of pipes. This is comprised of tiny particles of minerals, namely iron or manganese, that can
noticeably rusty red or yellow. These particles build up over time and must be flushed out of
the system on a
scheduled basis. Another condition is the breakdown of treatment processes that go unnoticed
manganese is oxidized by disinfection with chlorine. This forms a small yellow particle that is
white fixtures like tubs and toilets at levels as small as 30 ug/l or parts per billion. In both
water is still "safe" and has sufficient disinfection, but it often will discolor garments
washed in it. It is
advisable to wait till the water clears before washing clothes and causing staining.
I notice a different taste in my water… why?
We advise to report any drastic change in the taste of your water immediately as a precaution.
causes are that chlorine levels are either too high or low from our target goal. The chlorine is
added only at
the treatment plant and degrades with both time and temperature. These conditions vary greatly
as the water
travels literally miles and is stored for some time in metal or concrete tanks. If the chlorine
level is below
our target "break point" the water can have an "earthy taste." Conversely, if too high it can
have more of a
chemical or bleach character. Both conditions maintain adequate disinfection but taste may be
normal. It is rare, but algae blooms and seasonable thermal inversions (lake turnover in the
can cause short lived earthy water flavor. We need to know if you notice changes as we strive to
highest quality and palatable water for our customers.
How do I read my water bill?
The top left portion of your water bill gives a detailed breakdown of your charges. Please
a sample copy of a Searcy Water Utilities bill with a detailed description of each line of
and other pertinent information.