Another water system citation letter sent home

Our water is still safe to drink even though the Fayette County Water System was cited for a chemical treatment violation recently, county officials said in a mailing to all water system customers.

The system has been cited for violating the maximum level for trihalomethanes, which is a byproduct of the use of chlorine to disinfect drinking water to eliminate disease-causing organisms, for the third quarter of this year.

The maximum contaminant level for trihalomethane is .08 milligrams per liter, and for the third quarter of this year the water system had a reading of .109 milligrams per liter from July 1 to Sept. 30, according to a letter sent to water system customers dated Sept. 16.

Although the letter notes that the violation “does not pose a threat” to water quality, some people who drink water with elevated trihalomethanes over many years could experience liver, kidney or central nervous system problems and an increased risk of cancer, according to the federal Environmental Protection Agency. Those risks were also explained in the letter.

The water system has been investigating different treatment techniques to reduce total organic carbon levels from its reservoirs, which officials believe will also reduce the formation of trihalomethanes. A pilot test of different techniques has been conducted but additional testing was deemed necessary before selecting a method, the letter noted.

The county predicts it will take a couple of months to verify the pilot test, though a recommendation from the county’s drinking water consulting firm is expected next month.

Also, the water system has increased its fire hydrant flushing program in areas because trihalomethane formation increases with the age of the water in the distribution system, the letter noted.

johenry's picture
Joined: 08/22/2006
Another one!!!

I just flew back from Denver to find another water problem letter in my stack of mail!!! When does this end???

LongTimer's picture
Joined: 04/18/2013
Where do we sign-up

Everybody on my street will sign-up let us know where.

WLVROCKS's picture
Joined: 02/13/2012
How about WE send THEM a letter

Perhaps a class action lawsuit would be in order. We paid for a service we did not receive and should consider the viability of some type of refund.

moelarrycurly's picture
Joined: 10/17/2010


Spyglass's picture
Joined: 01/28/2008
How much are these letters/mailings costing?

Can they not go in with the bill? Legal Notice section of the County paper would be fine with me...

Seems a waste to about just fixing the issues?

moelarrycurly's picture
Joined: 10/17/2010
26,910 residential and 900 commerical customers

as of June 2012. Plus postage and printing and (colored) paper and staff time to process.

Husband and Fat...
Husband and Father of 2's picture
Joined: 07/23/2012
Spy and fixing the issues

MLC kindly pointed out to me that In 2005, the water system began studying ways to treat the total organic carbon (TOC) in our water reservoirs........."

Seems like a long time doesn't it.

Take a look at the Water Committee reports. We have three members that have spent 8 years working on this. 8 years with no end in sight.

You bet its time to fix it and get rid of those three members who can't get things accomplished.