Water Supply & Distribution

Water responsibilities cover operation and maintenance of city-owned water systems including the Winslow, Rockaway Beach, and Public Works Facility systems. The Winslow water system serves the downtown historic Winslow and Fletcher Bay areas. The Rockaway Beach water system serves customers along Rockaway Beach Drive and the Public Works Facility serves city maintenance personnel. These systems have a combined infrastructure that includes:
Infrastructure Component
Active Reservoirs
Backflow Accounts
1, 176
Distribution Valves
Fire Hydrants
Miles of Water Main
Pressure Reducing Stations
Service Meters
2, 300
Supply Wells


The following systems were tested in 2014:

Winslow Water Quality Report 
Rockaway Beach Water Quality Report


Water activities supply over 200-million gallons of water annually to 6,000 customers. The water system infrastructure is monitored by telemetry 24/7/365. The main supply wells draw from four separate aquifers providing flexibility to meet changing conditions and future demands.

Treatment & Quality

At each major well site, the water is treated with chlorine and fluoride before being pumped into the distribution system to fill reservoirs and supply customers. An active cross-connection control program helps protect the water system from contamination and water quality is regularly monitored and tested to ensure that it meets all state and federal regulations.


Routine activities include sample testing, well monitoring, meter reading, main line flushing, backflow testing, water availability processing, and regulatory reporting.