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2003-06-04 more news
P'burg notified of violation of drinking water standards
BSN Staff report
PRESTONSBURG The Prestonsburg Utilities Commission has been notified of a recent violation of drinking water standards and has been issuing notices to its customers, maintaining that the violation is not an emergency.

According to the notification, the level of TTHM (trihalomethanes) is above what is allowed by the Environmental Protection Agency.

Testing conducted in the first quarter of 2003 showed that the level of TTHM in drinking water was over the allowable limit by .008 mg/l. The new reduced limit for TTHM is set at 80 ppb, and although the change is not yet effective, Prestonsburg Utilities is working to get below the new rate before it does take effect.

The notification said there is no immediate risk, but some people may be more susceptible to TTHMs, including those with immune deficiency orders, cancer patients undergoing chemotherapy, those who have undergone an organ transplant, those who have HIV/AIDS and some elderly people and infants.

The notice says that people with specific health concerns should contact their doctor for medical advice about drinking water but that all others would not be concerned and do not have to drink bottled water due to the contaminants.

The notice does outline effects of long-term intake of drinking water containing excessive amounts of TTHMs which include liver, kidney, or central nervous system problems and an increased risk of cancer.

In an effort to lower the levels of TTHMs in the drinking water supplied to Auxier Water Company, the city of Martin, and the Sandy Valley Water District. Prestonsburg Utilities is currently bidding an alternative disinfection product, which, according to the notification, should greatly reduce the running average of TTHM's in drinking water.

For more information, contact Donald Compton at (606)-886-6871.

More information about contaminants and potential health risks can be obtained by calling the EPA Safe Drinking Water Hotline at 800-426-4791.

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