Water Quality

The City of Bedford is supplied with surface water from Lake Arlington through the Trinity River Authority's Tarrant County Water Supply Project and two groundwater wells.

2021 Water Quality Report (The 2022 report will be released in 2023)

This report describes the susceptibility and types of constituents that may come into contact with the City's drinking water source based on human activities and natural conditions. The information contained in this assessment will allow the City of Bedford to focus on source water protection strategies.

Taste, Odor, or Appearance Concerns

Changes to your drinking water may reflect a number of causes including algae growth, changes in temperature, excessive rainfall, flooding, drought, or dry weather conditions. Changes in the taste, odor, or appearance do not necessarily indicate a change in the safety of your water. Water taste is affected by mineral content as well as the presence of chlorine.

If you experience a problem with the taste or odor of your water, let the water run for a few minutes to clear the lines or fill a pitcher and allow it to sit for a few hours. For more information on taste, odor, or color of drinking water, please call the Public Works Department at 817-952-2200. 

Safe Drinking Water Act


The Safe Drinking Water Act of 1974 (SDWA) is designed to protect drinking water quality and has broad authority to include surface and ground waters that have the potential to be used as drinking water sources. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has the authority to establish and update specific standards for drinking water quality and is supported by the Center for Disease Control (CDC) and the Federal Drug Administration (FDA).

The EPA has specific federal limits for over 80 compounds referred to as the primary standards (MCLs) and having a known or suspected potential to create health-related impacts. Secondary standards (SMCLs) also exist and these are considered nuisance-related contaminants, such as taste and odor. Secondary standards are typically implemented voluntarily or by state rules. Bedford is a Superior Public Water Supply, which means that the water is treated to the secondary standards.


Water Service Requests


Please Public Works' at 817-952-2200 for water service requests such as water shut off assistance for home repairs, reporting water leaks, low water pressure, or general questions about our water distribution system. If you need help outside of normal working hours, please call 817-952-2127 (Police Department non-emergency line) for assistance.

For new water service, to discontinue service, or water bill questions, call the Water Utility Billing at 817-952-2112.