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The City of Waverly gets it’s water from eight underground wells; two of which are located in town. As for the other six, they are located just off N 134th St. and Alvo Road. The City of Waverly typically uses about four hundred thousand gallons per day. However, in the summer months, usage goes up to around 1.5 million gallons per day, with a large portion used by lawn sprinkler systems.
Water in Nebraska tends to have higher hardness levels, meaning it is high in minerals. In the Waverly area groundwater also has a lower pH, meaning the groundwater is naturally more acidic. This results in minute amounts of copper being removed from the pipes and added to the water. In order to keep the pipes from corroding and adding copper to the water, a chemical called an orthophosphate is added. This significantly lowers the amount of copper in the water, but as a result, the water has to be chlorinated slightly due to the potential for bacteria in the phosphate.