On October 20, 1898, Fayetteville established its present waterworks system.

In 1944 the Tennessee Department of Public Health officially recognized the system as "a public water supply."

Today, our system produces 1.8 million gallons of potable (drinkable) water per day for our customers. We have the capability of producing 3.4 million more gallons of water per day remaining for the future growth of our community.
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  • Capacity: 5,200,000 GPD -or- 3,600 GPM
  • Current Consumption: 2,300,000 GPD
  • Storage Capacity: 4,200,000
  • Peak Demand: 3,200,000
  • 132 miles of distribution pipe that carries water to our customers throughout our system with three pumping stations along its routes.


What should I be concerned about in my water?
Your water meets all standards established by the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). In addition, the FPU Water Department has met all the monitoring, record keeping and reporting requirements of the national primary drinking water regulations.

Why is my water sometimes "muddy" or rusty?
Actually, what customers refer to as "mud" may look like mud, but is rust (iron oxide). Much of Fayetteville's water distribution system is cast iron. When water stands in public mains, fire hydrant lines, or in a customer's galvanized service or internal line, it will naturally dissolve the iron. If you have any galvanized internal lines, fittings, or yard service lines, you can expect to have periodic episodes of discolored water.

If you find rusty water at the cold water tap at the first draw in the morning, it is probably from your plumbing or service (yard) line. The water heater can also be the source of rusty water problems. If only the hot water is rusty, that indicates that the problem lies in the water heater.

If your cold water suddenly becomes rusty, there may be several causes such as construction in the area, fire hydrant flushing, or fire hydrant use in the area. These episodes are only temporary and may be easily cleared on their own or by the FPU Water Department flowing additional water from fire hydrants in the area.

What is the hardness of my water?
Fayetteville's water is only moderately hard water at six grains of hardness per gallon (110 parts per million).

Should I be worried about lead in my water?
The FPU Water Department meets the strictest lead regulations.

Water Conservation Tips.
Water conservation measures are an important first step in protecting our water supply. Such measures not only save the supply of our source water, but can also save you money by reducing your water bill. Here are a few suggestions:

Conservation measures you can use inside your home include:
  • Fix leaking faucets, pipes, toilets, etc.
  • Replace old fixtures; install water-saving devices in faucets, toilets and appliances.
  • Wash only full loads of laundry.
  • Do not use the toilet for trash disposal.
  • Take shorter showers.
  • Do not let the water run while shaving or brushing teeth.
  • Soak dishes before washing.
  • Run the dishwasher only when full.
You can conserve outdoors as well:
  • Water the lawn and garden in the early morning or evening.
  • Use mulch around plants and shrubs.
  • Repair leaks in faucets and hoses.
  • Use water-saving nozzles.
  • Use water from a bucket to wash your car, and save the hose for rinsing.

Are there any telephone numbers I can call for further questions about my water?
EPA Safe Drinking Water Hotline 1-800-426-4791
TN Dept. of Environment and Conservation 1-888-891-8332
Lincoln County Health Department Director of Health 931-433-3231
FPU Water Department 931-433-1522

I am confused about all of the deposits - can you explain FPU's deposit policy?
Please click here for deposit information.