Water Quality FAQs

About Our Water Quality
The mission of Southwest Water Authority is “Quality Water for Southwest North Dakota.” That’s why we are pleased to present our consumer confidence reports (CCR) for the Water Treatment Plant in Dickinson, the OMND Water Treatment Plant, Crown Butte, Junction Inn, and Tower Hill areas. All of the reports show each area’s water quality meets and/or exceeds all of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and North Dakota Department of Health’s, stringent water-quality laws and requirements. You can review our current CCRs for each of these areas by clicking on the links below.

What is a Consumer Confidence Report (CCR)?

Working under the regulations of the North Dakota Department of Health, an annual CCR is conducted that tests for all pertinent and potential sources of contaminants in our water supply.  This report provides full disclosure for customers or other interested parties about the quality of our drinking water.


Why should I read a Consumer Confidence Report (CCR)?

A CCR contains a table of water quality data, definitions of terms, specific language requirements, and other source and treatment information to illustrate testing and compliance with all drinking water regulations established by the state and federal government. We hope you will find the information useful and educational so that you can be confident the quality water supplied to you by the Southwest Water Authority.


Where can I obtain CCR information?

These reports are posted on our website under the Consumer Confidence page. It is also mailed to customers annually.


Can large volume water customers distribute or post CCR’s to tenants, residents, patients, students, and/or employees?

Absolutely! In order to allow individuals who consume our drinking water, but who do not receive water bills to learn about our water system, we would appreciate it if our large volume water customers would post copies of the most recent annual CCR report in visible locations.


Who can I contact for additional questions about a CCR?

If you have any questions about this report, know of non-English speaking individuals who need assistance with translation, or have any other concerns, please contact us by calling 888-425-0241 or e-mail us at: swa@swwater.com.


What is Fluoride?

Naturally found in water sources, Fluoride is derived from Fluorine, the thirteenth most common element in the Earth’s crust. Fluoride compounds are salts that form when the element, Fluorine, combines with minerals in soil or rocks.


Uses of Fluoride.

The Southwest Water Authority adds Fluoride to the drinking water to help prevent tooth decay and promote dental health.


Does SWA optimize the amount of Fluoride put into our water?

Yes, that is something SWA takes very seriously. Also, the North Dakota Department of Health continues to recognize SWA with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) Water Fluoridation Quality Award.


Does Fluoride also help prevent tooth decay for infants?

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), “The proper amount of fluoride from infancy through old age helps prevent and control tooth decay. Community water fluoridation is a widely accepted practice for preventing and controlling tooth decay by adjusting the concentration of fluoride in the public water supply.” Read more: http://www.cdc.gov/fluoridation/fact_sheets/cwf_qa.htm


Is the amount of Fluoride in drinking water regulated?

Yes, the amount of Fluoride used in your drinking water is regulated by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). You can read more by going to EPA.gov or reviewing SWA’s Water Quality Report Consumer Confidence Report – (CCR).


How does Fluoride combat tooth decay?

Fluoride prevents the acid produced by the bacteria in plaque from dissolving tooth enamel, which is the hard and shiny substance that protects the teeth. Fluoride also allows teeth damaged by acid to repair themselves.


Can Fluoride repair cavities?

Unfortunately, Fluoride cannot repair cavities, but it can reverse low levels of tooth decay and thus prevent new cavities from forming.


Where did adding Fluoride to water come from?

The story of how dental science discovered and ultimately proved to the world that fluoride prevent tooth decay can be found on the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research’s website: https://www.nidcr.nih.gov/OralHealth/Topics/Fluoride/TheStoryofFluoridation.htm