But officials say it’s not an emergency.,
Frederick, Md (KM) It’s not an emergency, but residents in the Clover Hill III community were notified on Wednesday of a recent violation of their drinking water standards.
In a statement, the County’s Division of Utilities and Solid Waste Management says quarterly test results from August, 2017 to March, 2018 showed a slightly higher amount of Haloacetic Acid, also known as HAA5.. At the time, the levels were 62.1 to 62.9 parts per billion. The standard is 60-parts per billion.
Officials say monitoring and flushing of the system have been stepped up, and the recent levels of Haloacetic Acid are 45.8 parts per billion.
“This is not an emergency,” says Kevin Demosky, the Director of the County’s Utilities and Solid Waste Division, in a statement. “But the County believes residents of this area have a right to know what happened and what is being done to correct a condition affecting an isolated area. Should a situation ever arise where the water is not safe to drink, the county would notify residents immediately.”
There is nothing residents in the area need to do at this time, the county says. But the use of a standard residential carbon water filter will easily remove the HAA5. Infants, pregnant women and those with severe l compromised immune systems should check with their health care providers before drinking this water.
The County provides water to Clover Hill III residents through the City of Frederick Water System. The system serves 331 homes in that area.
Both city and county staff are working closely to resolve this problem.
By Kevin McManus