Press Release—TCEQ PUBLIC NOTICE – MAXIMUM TRIHALOMETHANES EVENT
NEWS RELEASE – CITY OF MARSHALL, TEXAS
MARSHALL WATER UTILITIES DEPARTMENT
WATER TREATMENT DIVISION
OCTOBER 23, 2014
Re: FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – PUBLIC NOTICE
TCEQ PUBLIC NOTICE – MAXIMUM TRIHALOMETHANES EVENT
In accordance with Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) regulations, the City of Marshall will be mailing water customers and rural water districts served by the City of Marshall, a public notice regarding two recent water tests that exceeded the Maximum Containment Level for total trihalomethanes in the far reaches of our distribution system for the 3rd quarter of 2014. We regularly flush water distribution lines in areas where there is low volume use and in areas where water lines are not looped.
Trihalomethanes are a group of volatile organic compounds that are formed when chlorine, added to the water, during the treatment process for disinfection, reacts with naturally-occurring organic matter in the water. The statement wording as required by the TCEQ states that over a period of many years, exposure to trihalomethanes, may cause health issues. Had this been an immediate danger or emergency with your drinking water, we would have notified everyone within 24 hours. We are working with the TCEQ to address this issue by conducting additional water line flushing to improve the quality of the water.
At this time there is no other action required by water customers, but if you have any health concerns, we encourage you to talk to your doctor to get more information.
We agree 100% with the notice requirements by the TCEQ because the safety, reliability, and quality of our drinking water are of the upmost importance. If you have questions regarding this matter, you may contact Nancy Pasel at 903-935-4492 or firstname.lastname@example.org
J. C. Hughes, Water Utilities Director
CITY OF MARSHALL, TEXAS
401 South Alamo
Marshall, Texas 75670
Notice of Maximum Contaminant Level Violation
MCL, LRAA/ TTHM
The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) has notified the City of Marshall, Texas water system that the drinking water being supplied to customers had exceeded the Maximum Contaminant Level (MCL) for total trihalomethanes. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (U.S. EPA) has established the MCL for total trihalomethanes at 0.080 milligrams per liter (mg/L) based on a locational running annual average (LRAA), and has determined that it is a health concern at levels above the MCL. Analysis of drinking water in your community for total trihalomethanes indicates a compliance value for 3rd Quarter of 0.087 mg/L at sample point DBP2-02 Commerce Street and DBP2-02 Brown Road.
Trihalomethanes are a group of volatile organic compounds that are formed when chlorine, added to the water during the treatment process for disinfection, reacts with naturally‑occurring organic matter in the water.
Some people who drink water containing trihalomethanes in excess of the MCL over many years may experience problems with their liver, kidney, or central nervous systems, and may have an increased risk of getting cancer.
You do not need to use an alternative water supply. However, if you have health concerns, you may want to talk to your doctor to get more information about how this may affect you.
We are taking the following actions to address this issue: The thrihalomethanes were above the State TCEQ mandated levels at locations at the far reaches of the water distribution system, which require regular line flushing to maintain mandated levels. The City Water Utility Treatment Division will conduct additional hydrant flushing in these areas to improve the water quality and maintain levels within the State TCEQ guidelines.
Please share this information with all people who drink this water, especially those who may not have received this notice directly (i.e., people in apartments, nursing homes, schools, and businesses). You can do this by posting this notice in a public place or distributing copies by hand or mail.
If you have questions regarding this matter, you may contact: Nancy Pasel, Water Treatment Superintendent at 903-935-4492.
Posted /Delivered on: 10-23-2014
Please share this information with all the other people who drink this water, especially those who may not have received this notice directly (for example, people in apartments, nursing homes, schools, and businesses). You can do this by posting this notice in a public place or distributing copies by hand or mail.
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