TRIHALOMETHANE VIOLATION

The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) has notified the Mountain WSC TX0500020 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 to be 0.080 milligrams per liter (mg/L) based on 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 in quarter one 2016 of 0.124mg/L for DBP2-01. Testing 1st quarter 2016 we received a value of 0.041 mgl/L, well below the 0.080 limit.

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.

The following actions have been taken to address this issue: Mountain WSC has been working with our water provider to improve chlorine residuals throughout the system. MWS WSC has increased the chlorine boosting over the last 3 months to maintain proper residual levels. We are confident the trihalomethane levels will decrease over the next few quarters.

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 any questions regarding this matter, you may contact Eric Rockow at (254) 865-7113.

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HALOACETIC ACID VIOLATION

The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) has notified the Mountain WSC         TX0500020 that the drinking water being supplied to customers had exceeded the Maximum Contaminant Level (MCL) for haloacetic acids (group of five). The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (U.S. EPA) has established the MCL for haloacetic acids (group of five) to be 0.060 milligrams per liter (mg/L) based on locational running annual average (LRAA), and has determined that it is a health concern at levels above the MCL.  Analysis of drinking water in you community for haloacetic acids (group of five) indicates a compliance value in quarter two 2016 of 0.126mg/L for DBP2-01. Testing 2nd quarter of 2016 we received a value of 0.049mgl/L which is well below the 0.060mgl/L limit.

Haloacetic acids 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 HAA5 in excess of the MCL over many years 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.

The following actions have been taken to address this issue: Mountain WSC has been working with our water provider to improve chlorine residuals throughout the system.  Mountain WSC has increased the chlorine boosting over the last 3 months to maintain proper residual levels.  We are confident the total haloacetic acids (HAA5) levels will decrease over the next few quarters.

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 Eric Rockow at  (254) 865-7113.

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HOLIDAY HOURS

Mountain Water Supply Office will be closed on Monday, October 10, 2016 in honor of Columbus Day. In the event of an emergency leak or loss of water please dial 254-223-2318. Payments may be mailed to P.O. Box 1045 Gatesville, TX 76528 or placed in the box in front of the office.