About Our Water

Water Supply

The City of Phillipsburg's water comes from 24 wells located along the North Fork of the Solomon River. The wellfield stretches an area 6 miles long from West 200 Road to East 400 Road. The city also operates two ground reservoirs in the wellfield for storing and blending well water prior to being pumped to the water treatment plant.

Water Distribution

The City of Phillipsburg's water distribution system serves over 1,300 service connections and consists of over 52 miles of water mains, 750,000-gallon water tower, 525,000-gallon underground storage tank, 104 fire hydrants, and numerous valves.

The Public Works Department is responsible for the operation and maintenance of the entire distribution system up to and including each meter, repairing all water leaks, turning on/off water service, and reading meters.

Water Treatment

The Public Works Department operates and maintains the water treatment plant for the City of Phillipsburg. The plant employs 5 full-time operators and is staffed 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Treatment operations at the Phillipsburg Water Plant include of aeration, lime softening, clarification, disinfection, and filtration.

Water Quality

Under the 1996 Amendments to the Safe Drinking Water Act, the Consumer Confidence Report Rule requires all community water systems to provide there customers with an annual water quality report. Every year the city of Phillipsburg provides residents with a Consumer Confidence Report that shows you what is in your water, how it is treated and where it comes from. Water customers can be assured that their water continues to meet or exceed all state and federal guidelines.

Distribution - Water Service Connections

The Public Works Department is responsible for making any taps on the public water mains for new services or service repairs. All meters, meter pits, and services lines from the main to the meter are installed by the city. Water service from the meter to a residence, business or other building is the responsibility of the customer.

For a new service or to report a problem with an existing service, please call the City Office at (785) 543-5234.

Distribution - Water Breaks

Leaks in the water distribution system can and do occur at any time, in any place. Typically, breaks are caused by shifting of the earth near the main, deterioration of the main, or accidents.

Leaks are usually evident where there is standing water, an area of ground that is unusually wet, or if there is water pooling in the street when it is dry. If you suspect there is a leak on or near your property, please call the City Office during normal business hours at (785) 543-5234 or the water plant during weekends and evenings at (785) 543-5023 to report the leak. City staff will check the area to determine if immediate repair is required.