About Water

The City of Durham is dedicated to providing high quality drinking water to our customers. We also strive to protect the environment through effective water reclamation (wastewater treatment). To achieve this, the City's water treatment plants and water reclamation facilities are staffed 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year.

About Wastewater

  1. Lab Tests
  2. FAQs About PFAS
  3. What is Pink Film?
  4. Algal Toxin Report

Our state-certified laboratory tests for over 100 different substances in the water we provide to customers. Lab staff also conduct thousands of analyses per year to ensure our wastewater discharge meets all state and federal standards before it is returned to the environment. Our cross connection control staffers inspect back-flow prevention installations to ensure drinking water is not compromised by contamination.

The annual water quality report (pdf) gives yearly updates on Durham’s drinking water and treatment processes. We also prepare an annual sewer system report that explains the city’s wastewater treatment and collection system performance. The annual sewer report (pdf) is also available online. 

Please call 919-560-4381 to request copies of either report or for more information about water treatment or water reclamation (wastewater treatment).