Notice by Edmonson County Water District – System ID#: KY0310114
Violation 2024–9953666 – Our water system recently violated a drinking water requirement.
Although this was 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.
We routinely monitor your water for turbidity (cloudiness). This tells us whether we are
effectively filtering the water supply. Normal turbidity levels at our Plant B are 0.14 turbidity
units. A water samples taken January 26, 27, and 30 showed levels above the standard of 0.3
units. One result had 9.7 turbidity units. Because of these high levels of turbidity, there is an
increased chance that the water may contain disease-causing organisms.
• There is nothing you need to do. You do not need to boil your water or take other actions.
We do not know of any contamination, and none of our testing has shown diseasecausing
organisms in the drinking water.
• 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 microbes are available from EPA’s Safe Drinking Water Hotline at 1-800-
This is not an emergency. If it had been, you would have been notified within 24 hours.
*Turbidity has no health effects. However, turbidity can interfere with disinfection and provide a
medium for microbial growth. Turbidity may indicate the presence of disease causing organisms.
These organisms include bacteria, viruses, and parasites which can cause symptoms such as
nausea, cramps, diarrhea, and associated headaches.*
These symptoms are not caused only by organisms in drinking water. If you experience any of
these symptoms and they persist, you may want to seek medical advice.
Heavy rains and raw water temperatures caused treatment problems at our plant. To resolve this
issue, and hopefully prevent similar incidents in the future, we have changed coagulants and we
are planning to replace our filter media and investigate other treatment modifications. The
problem has been resolved.
For more information, please contact Kevin Shaw 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.*