You Asked, We Answered: Can you examine the water quality of drinking water from Jordan Lake?

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You Asked, We Answered: Can you examine the water quality of drinking water from Jordan Lake?This week, Our Chatham dives into a topic with big impact: Jordan Lake. We look at Jordan Lake’s water quality + the factors that impact the water.  


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April 5, 2019

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You Asked, We Answered: Can you examine the water quality of drinking water from Jordan Lake? 

By: Chloe Arrojado

Feeling Curious?
This week, Our Chatham dives into a topic with big impact: Jordan Lake. We look at Jordan Lake’s water quality and the factors that impact the water.
 
We answer the important questions hanging in your mind:

  • How do people measure water quality?
  • How safe is Jordan Lake?
  • What do experts have to say about it?

Plus, I found out if Jordan Lake is actually a lake (Hint: It’s not!) Join Our Chatham’s Chloe Arrojado and learn something new about the water around you.
 
Jordan Lake Water Quality
 
Out of the hundreds of thousands of people who use Jordan Lake, few people probably question it. But Michael Hobbs is one of those few. For this week’s Curious Chatham, he asked, “Can you examine the water quality of drinking water from Jordan Lake? And, go beyond the assurances provided by the agencies that supply it.”
 
If you’re also one of those who wonder about Jordan Lake, keep reading.
 
History of Water Quality in Jordan Lake
I’ll let you in on a little-known fact: Jordan Lake isn’t a lake. Technically, it’s a reservoir. Reservoirs differ from lakes because reservoirs are man-made waters that usually form through river dams. In Jordan Lake’s case, it was created through a dam on the Haw River.
 
This difference is important. Reservoirs essentially hold a lot of nutrients and sediments that come from the river, worsening water quality. Jordan Lake is no different. Since Jordan Lake’s impoundment in 1983, the government saw the problems of Jordan Lake’s waters. Jordan Lake was declared a “Nutrient Sensitive Water” because of its extremely high amount of nutrients— namely phosphorus and nitrogen.
 
Water Measurement
But how do you know if your water is impaired?

Chloe’s story continues on ourchatham.com

Have more questions about water quality in Jordan Lake or in Chatham County? We base our journalism on reader questions, so send them our way if you would like to inspire further reporting!

What’s on our radar…

  • Tomorrow’s Legal Fair 2019, hosted by the Hispanic Liaison, offers free consultations with attorneys and legal workshops in both English and Spanish.
  • The 17th annual ClydeFEST this Saturday is an “outdoor, hands-on, immersive art experience” with games, food, and music. 
  • Sunday’s N.C. Beer Fest at Fearrington will host craft brewers from across the state. There’ll be brews to sample, barbecue, and live music. 

Public meetings to watch…

  • Pittsboro’s Board of Commissioners will meet on Monday, April 8 at 7 p.m. at Pittsboro’s Town Hall. According to the agenda, the Chatham Park Tree Protection element will be further discussed. 

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