Water is a chemical compound and polar molecule, which is liquid at standard temperature and pressure. It has the chemical formula H2O, meaning that one molecule of water is composed of two hydrogen atoms and one oxygen atom. Water is found almost everywhere on earth and is required by all known life. About 70% of the Earth's surface is covered by water. Water is known to exist, in ice form, on several other bodies in the solar system and beyond, and proof that it exists (or did exist) in liquid form anywhere besides Earth would be strong evidence of extraterrestrial life.

Wasting Water

Wasting water is the abuse of water, i.e. using it unnecessarily. An example is the use of water, particularly water purified to human safe drinking standards, is unnecessary irrigation. Also, in homes, water may be wasted if the toilet is flushed unnecessarily or the tank leaks. Causing water to become polluted may be the biggest single abuse of water. To the extent that a pollutant limits other uses of the water, it becomes a waste of the resource, regardless of benefits to the polluter.

Water Quality

  • Your water comes from a groundwater source that is very unique. Underneath us is what is called the "Pensacola Sand & Gravel Aquifer"(figure 20). This aquifer is made up generally of sand, gravel, and clay. The benefit of this aquifer is its rapid recharge and filtering abilities. We are fortunate to have some of the cleanest water in the world. Florida leads the Nation in water quality rules and regulations to protect our valued water supply. Peoples Water Service strictly follows all local, state and federal regulations regarding water quality monitoring and reporting. Our company provides an annual "Consumer Confidence Report" identifying the results of all water testing performed throughout the year. If you experience a problem with your water, please be sure to call us and let us know. Our customers play a vital roll in helping us monitor water quality issues. Our team of licensed water treatment operators will investigate the cause of your concern and take action to correct it promptly.

  • How is my water treated and purified?
    Peoples Water Service Company of Florida, Inc.'s methods and practices of treating and purifying water conform to the Department of Environmental Protection's, Chapter 62-550 Drinking Water Standards, Monitoring, and Reporting. Our treatment process consist of a series of steps. First, the raw water is drawn from our water source and sent to the treatment facilities. Second, the water then goes to a mixing/contact area where specific chemicals are added to meet state and federal requirements. Hydrated lime is added for pH adjustment, chlorine (gas) is added for disinfection, and a corrosion inhibitor is added to assist in protecting the distribution system pipes. After the water has completed the purification process, it is pumped into storage facilities and/or your home or business.

  • Protecting our customers' health and safety is our highest priority
    We know that our customers count on us to provide a high-quality water supply. That's why we are committed to ensuring that our water meets all state and federal water quality standards, which become increasingly stringent every year. We have a rigorous sampling and testing program, managed by our certified operations staff and the water quality experts.

    Like public utilities across the Nation, Peoples Water Service Company's duty is not only to provide water but also to protect the critical infrastructure. Peoples Water Service has implemented numerous safety procedures and measures for our operations and Escambia County residents can assist in this effort. We all must be vigilant and report any suspicious scenes or behavior. Reporting such observances enhances overall security and helps provide a safe environment. Even if something doesn't seem that significant, it's important to report it. If you see any suspicious activities occurring in or around our facilities call 455-8552 and report the following information if feasible:
    location of incident
    license plate number of vehicle
    # of persons involved

Water Conservation Tips

Water conservation measures are an important first step in protecting our water supply. Such measures not only save the supply of our source water but can also save you money by reducing your water bill. Here are a few suggestions:

  • Fix leaking faucets, pipes, toilets, etc.
  • Wash only full loads of laundry.
  • Do not use the toilet for trash disposal.
  • Do not let the water run while shaving or brushing teeth.
  • Run the dishwasher only when full.
  • Install water-saving devices in faucets, toilets, and appliances.
  • Take shorter showers.
  • Water the lawn and garden in the early morning or evening.
  • Use mulch around plants and shrubs.
Information on other ways that you can help conserve water can be found at http://www.epa.gov/safewater/publicoutreach/index.html