IMPORTANT INFORMATION ABOUT YOUR DRINKING WATER
Total Trihalomethanes (TTHM) MCL Violations
City of Apalachicola Water System
Our water system recently violated a drinking water standard. Although this incident was not an emergency, as our customers, you have a right to know what happened, what you should do, and what the City of Apalachicola is doing to correct this situation at the City's Water System.
We are required to monitor for the presence of disinfection byproducts (DBPs) on a quarterly basis.
Sampling results from July 2021 – June 2022 show that our system exceeds the standard, or maximum contaminant level (MCL), for total trihalomethanes (TTHM). The standard for TTHM is 80 micrograms per liter (µg/L). Compliance is determined by a locational running annual average of quarterly analytical results collected at designated monitoring locations. During the second quarter
2022 sampling event, the average level of TTHM at our Robert's Fish Dock location was 87.35 µg/L.
What should I do?
• There is nothing you need do unless you have a severely compromised immune system, are pregnant, or are elderly. These individuals may be at increased risk and should seek advice about drinking water from their health care providers.
• You do not need to boil your water or take other corrective actions. If a situation arises where the water is no longer safe to drink, you will be notified within 24 hours. We will announce any emergencies on WOYS Radio Station, Emergency Management Alerts or our City of Apalachicola Facebook page.
What does this mean?
This is not an emergency. If it had been an emergency, you would have been notified within 24 hours.
When disinfectants are used in the treatment of drinking water, disinfectants react with naturally occurring organic and inorganic matter present in the water to form DBPs. People who drink water containing trihalomethanes in excess of the MCL over many years may experience problems with their liver, kidneys, or central nervous system, and may have an increased risk of getting cancer.
What is being done?
• The City entered a second amended Consent Order (Order) with the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (FDEP) on July 13, 2020. The Order requires all corrective actions be completed as necessary to remove this contaminant or reduce it to acceptable levels by April 2023.
• Since March 2021, the City has dismantled the 14th Street water tank to reduce Total Trihalomethanes in our water. Additional flushing stations have also been installed, and the City has repaired two dead-end water lines which has been the cause of Total Trihalomethane problems.
For more information, please contact: Rhett Butler of the City of Apalachicola at 850-653-5466.
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.
This notice is being sent to you by City of Apalachicola.
Potable Water System ID#: 1190150. Date distributed: August 5, 2022.
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