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Water Quality Response Water Chemistry and Anode Rod Decay

Updated: May 20

At South Granville Water & Sewer Authority (SGWASA), we prioritize the concerns and well-being of our customers. Recently, during the Public Comments portion of the May 14, 2024 SGWASA Board of Directors meeting, a customer raised concern regarding water quality and premature anode rod decay in water heaters within the SGWASA service area since September 2023.


Scott N. Schroyer, SGWASA’s Executive Director, emphasized the Authority's commitment to addressing customer feedback promptly.


To thoroughly investigate any potential links between SGWASA’s water chemistry and the observed anode rod decay, SGWASA initiated a comprehensive analysis spanning from July 2023 to the present, conducted by a professional engineering firm.


This process will aid in determining if any causal relationship exists between SGWASA’s water chemistry and the premature anode rod decay in water heaters.


The results of this analysis will be compiled into a report and made publicly available, aligning with our dedication to transparency and community engagement. We at SGWASA are dedicated to working collaboratively with the residents of Granville County to address both current and and any future water quality concerns.





 

What is an Anode Rod?

An anode rod is located in the center of your water heater tank. The rod is comprised of a steel core coated with materials such as aluminum, aluminum/zinc alloy, or magnesium. The anode rod's primary function is to prevent corrosion within the water heater.




 

Water Heater Maintenance

Quick Tips:

Temperature Adjustment

Optimizing your water heater's temperature setting is another simple yet effective way to enhance performance and efficiency.

Water Softeners

Limit using water softeners as they can speed up the corrosion of your water heater's anode rod. Softened water, high in sodium, increases water conductivity, accelerating rod deterioration. Prompt replacement of a damaged anode rod is crucial to prevent tank corrosion.

Anode Rod Maintenance

Over time, the anode rod deteriorates and needs to be replaced every three to five years. By staying proactive with anode rod maintenance, you can significantly extend the life of your water heater and avoid unexpected failures.

Flush

Regular maintenance is key to preserving your water heater's lifespan. Ensure you drain and flush your tank-style water heater at least once a year. This simple step helps prevent the buildup of mineral sediments that can accelerate corrosion, leading to premature wear and tear.


Disclaimer: The video and article posted on this page are provided solely for reference purposes regarding the functionality of anode rods within water heaters. It does not necessarily reflect the views or opinions of SGWASA (South Granville Water & Sewer Authority) or the SGWASA Board. Any opinions or statements expressed in the video are those of the individuals or organizations involved and should be verified to work for your specific water heater.


Do you need to schedule an appointment with our utility team? Submit a Water Quality Questionnaire by clicking this link.

 

This notice was issued on May 16, 2024 by The South Granville Water and Sewer Authority 

Krystle Lee

PIO/Board Secretary/Webmaster

919-575-3367

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