Paducah water posts advanced notice of water contaminants

Do you regularly check to see if the water in your home is safe to drink? Paducah Water's Reidland site recently showed high levels of TTHM or Trihalomethane.

The Environmental Protection Agency allows for .08 milligrams per liter. Paducah water's levels showed .086.

The General Manager said they began their routine testing July 7th this year. They found preliminary indication of the contaminants on the 24th, and Paducah Water Works posted the notice on their website August 4th. The Kentucky Division of Water does not require notification until 30 days after official documentation is filed, but managers tell me they wanted to let you know.

Summer means summer produce, which Maria Monk says means more water for more market sales.

She says, "Most people like fresh homegrown produce so it would be really hard (without clean water)."

So what is Trihalomethane? It's made when the chlorine in your water interacts with organic matter, like grass or trees.

Paducah Water General Manager Bill Robertson says with summer sun and rain, they anticipated the high contaminants this season. He says with the high rainwater and summer heat, it was the perfect storm for the contaminant violation.

Testing water all year round, Robertson says this time they let the public know less than 10 days after Paducah Water found the higher levels.

He says they wanted to let the public know they were aware of the problem as soon as possible and are working to get it corrected.

"It's not a violation that should cause immediate concern to our customers, its a long term health hazard," says Robertson

Last year, Paducah Water had similar high contaminant levels, but Robertson says by the time they sent out letters to the public they had already fixed the problem.

This contaminant is classified as a 'tier 2' notification so they're not required to send immediate notification. If there was gasoline in the water– it would be more of an emergency and considered a 'tier 1'.

Paducah Water tests 8 sites along the outer edge of their testing area that are more likely to have the contaminants. The Reidland location they tested is along County Line Road.

When the Kentucky Division of Water sends the notice of violation, Paducah Water will either send out paper notifications or notify you through media outlets.

According to the EPA, people who drink too much of TTHM over many years could have liver or kidney problems and an increased cancer risk.

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