• Jacksonville Beach Water Treatment Plant issues notice about contaminant levels in drinking water


    JACKSONVILLE BEACH, Fla. - The Jacksonville Beach Water Treatment Plant issued a notice to its water customers, saying a sample taken in February exceeded the standard for maximum contaminant levels.

    However, the notice states that "this is not an emergency" and if there was an immediate risk, customers would have been notified immediately. The notice states in part:

    "Testing results we received from samples taken February 3, 2016, when averaged with quarterly results from the past year, show that our system exceeds the standards, or maximum contaminant levels (MCL), for Disinfection Byproducts (DBPs), which includes Total Trihalomethanes (TTHMs). The standard for TTHMs is 80 micrograms per liter and the average level of TTHMs over the last year was 81.35 at the sampling site between 1900 and 2000 10th Street N."

    Customers do not need to boil their water, but anyone who is concerned about being exposed to DBPs "may choose alternative sources of water for ingestion."

    In response to the finding, the Water Treatment Plant said "the chlorine injection system has been adjusted in conjunction with the Public demand flow. We have set up flushing points to improve circulation of water in areas that may have lower volume flows."

    The Department said it will continue to monitor the TTHMs and alert customers as long as the average exceeds 80 micrograms per liter.


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