Water

The function of the Water Department is to maintain, repair, and rehabilitate the city’s water distribution system. This system is composed of water storage tanks, high pressure pumps, mains, valves, and fire hydrants. The purpose of the distribution system is to deliver safe drinking water to the public for human consumption and provide adequate pressure for fire protection.

Most Americans take safe, inexpensive drinking water for granted.  We assume all water that comes from a tap is okay to drink. Few of us realize the planning, monitoring, repair and maintenance required to obtain and protect adequate amounts of safe water.

The City of Big Lake purchases their water from the Reagan County Water Supply District.  Water Meters are replaced on a 10 year rotation.

Minimum Water Quality Requirements


The federal government, through the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and the State of Texas, through the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ), establish minimum water quality requirements that must be met by public water supply systems. These requirements, or Primary Standards, are meant to protect the public from contaminants that may cause acute and chronic health effects.  

TCEQ distributes an annual Drinking Water Quality Report which grades the City of Big Lake public water supply system.  The report is then mailed to every resident in Big Lake detailing the contaminants that are tested for and the results.