Officials Reassure Wake Forest Residents Drinking Water is Safe

Town officials said Tuesday that Wake Forest residents who are City of Raleigh water customers can rest assured their water is clean and safe for drinking, cooking, bathing and all other purposes.

The reassurance was issued in response to recent media reports linking Wake Forest with contaminated water wells in neighborhoods well beyond the town’s limits.

“Those wells have nothing to do with the town’s water system,” said Town Manager Mark Williams. “Although the residents in the affected neighborhoods have a Wake Forest address, they are not City of Raleigh water customers.”

In July 2005 the Town of Wake Forest and the City of Raleigh merged their water and sewer systems. Under the terms of the merger agreement, Raleigh assumed the ownership and operation of the water and wastewater system that provides service to residents within the urban service area designated for the Town of Wake Forest. Since then the City of Raleigh Public Utilities Department (CORPUD) has been responsible for the treatment, testing and delivery of water to approximately 13,000 Wake Forest customers.

According to the CORPUD’s 2011 Annual Drinking Water Quality Report, Raleigh’s drinking water “meets all Federal and State standards as required by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA) with no violations during January through December of 2011.” The report is available for download at The 2012 report is expected to be released early next year.

Any resident with concerns about his or her drinking water is urged to contact the CORPUD at 919-996-4540.

For more information about the City of Raleigh’s water system, including information concerning drinking water sources and treatment, visit





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