Violation 2023-9953656 – Our water system recently violated a drinking water requirement. Although this is not an emergency, as our customers, you have a right to know what happened, what you should do, and what we did (are doing) to correct this situation.
Cryptosporidium is a disease-causing microorganism that has been found in our raw water source. Our water system was required to maintain a specified level of additional treatment to address Cryptosporidium. During 7/1/2023 – 7/31/2023, our system fell below this level at both of our treatment plants.
- This is not an emergency. If it had been, you would have been notified within 24 hours. There is nothing you need to do. You do not need to boil your water or take other corrective actions. However, if you have specific health concerns, consult your doctor.
- If you have a severely compromised immune system, have an infant, are pregnant, or are elderly, you may be at increased risk and should seek advice from your health care providers about drinking this water. General guidelines on ways to lessen the risk of infection by Cryptosporidium and other microbial contaminants are available from EPA’s Safe Drinking Water Hotline at 1-800-426-4791.
*Inadequately treated water may contain disease-causing organisms. These organisms include bacteria, viruses, and parasites which can cause symptoms such as nausea, cramps, diarrhea, and associated headaches.* These symptoms, however, are not caused only by organisms in drinking water, but also by other factors. If you experience any of these symptoms and they persist, you may want to seek medical advice.
Nephelometric Turbidity Unit (NTU) is a measure of the clarity of water. Due to Cryptosporidium being found in our source water we were required to maintain 0.15 NTU instead of the previously required 0.3 NTU. We were unaware of this additional treatment requirement. Currently treatment modifications are being investigated and we are backwashing our filters at a more frequent or timely schedule. We expect to return to compliance within the next few months.
For more information, please contact Tony Sanders at 270-597-2165 or P.O. Box 208, Brownsville, KY 42210.
*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.*