Leadsville PSD alerts water customers to violation

ELKINS — Leadsville Public Service District water customers are being informed about a drinking water contaminants violation.

A letter contained in customers’ water bills this month states, “Test results for 7/1/2018 and 9/30/2018 show that our system exceeds the standard or maximum contaminant level (MCL) for haloacetic acids. The average level of haloacetic acids over the last four quarters was 75.7 ug/L (micrograms per liter) at SM#2 Cherry Fork Rd., Montrose location. The standard for haloacetic acids is 60.0 ug/L.”

The letter states the violation “is not an immediate risk.”

“You do not need to use an alternative (e.g. bottled) water supply,” the letter states. “However, if you have specific health concerns, it is recommended you consult your doctor.”

The letter reassures customers that if the violation had been an immediate risk to their health “you would have been notified immediately. However, some people who drink water containing haloacetic acids in excess of the MCL over many years may have an increased risk of getting cancer.”

Elkins Operations Manager Bob Pingley said this week the problem was isolated to Leadsville PSD customers and did not affect water customers in the town of Elkins. He noted Leadsville PSD officials are working on the issue.

The letter states, “Haloacetic acids are a byproduct of the treatment process. Leadsville PSD has no control over the treatment process being a class WD purchasing system. All water is purchased from the city of Elkins. Leadsville PSD is currently working with Midland PSD, the City of Elkins water plant and WV-DHHR-BPPH-OEHS to find solutions for these high levels.

“As of February 2018, the City of Elkins has been operating its new water plant which has changed the process from which the District receives water,” the letter reads. “Changes to the District’s flushing plan may be needed and the District will possibly do additional sampling to help determine what changes will need to be made.”

The letter also asks customers to share the information with “all other people who drink the water, especially those who may not have received this notice directly (for example, people in apartments, nursing homes, schools and businesses).”

The letter instructs customers who want more information about the issue to call Carl McGlynn at 204-636-8834.

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