COLIFORM BACTERIA VIOLATION - INDIRECT AREA
IMPORTANT INFORMATION ABOUT YOUR DRINKING WATER
ESTE INFORME CONTIENE INFORMACION MUY IMPORTANTE SOBRE SU AGUA DE BEBER. TRADUZCALO O HABLE CON ALGUIEN QUE LO ENTIENDA BIEN.
Tests Showed Coliform Bacteria in Borough of Waynesboro Water.
The Borough of Waynesboro’s water system recently violated a drinking water standard. Although this incident was not an emergency, you as our valued indirect water customers have a right to know what happened and what we did to correct this situation. You are receiving this notice because your water comes from the Waynesboro water system.
Waynesboro routinely monitors for drinking water contaminants. Waynesboro collected fifteen samples to test for the presence of coliform bacteria during July. Two of those samples showed the presence of total coliform bacteria. The standard is that no more than one sample per month may be positive.
What should I do?
You do not need to boil your water or take other corrective actions. However, if you have specific health concerns, consult your doctor.
People with severely compromised immune systems, infants, and some elderly may be at increased risk. These people should seek advice about drinking water from their health care providers. General guidelines on ways to lessen the risk of infection by microbes are available from EPA’s Safe Drinking Water Hotline at 1- 800-426-4791.
What does this mean?
This is not an emergency. If it had been, you would have been notified immediately. Coliform bacteria are generally not harmful themselves. Coliforms are bacteria which are naturally present in the environment and are used as an indicator that other, potentially harmful, bacteria may be present. Coliforms were found in more samples than allowed, and this was a warning of potential problems.
Usually, coliforms are a sign that there could be a problem with the system’s treatment or distribution system (pipes). Whenever we detect coliform bacteria in any sample, we do follow-up testing to see if other bacteria of greater concern, such as fecal coliform or E. coli, are present. We did not find any of these bacteria in our subsequent testing.
What happened? What was done?
The samples that tested positive were taken at a normal sample location. There was adequate chlorine in the water. We do not know the cause, but will continue to investigate the problem. Please note that follow up samples taken immediately upstream and downstream of the normal sample location tested negative for coliform bacteria which leads us to believe that this is an isolated incident.
For more information, please contact the Borough of Waynesboro at (717)762-2101.
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, businesses). You can do this by posting this notice in a public place or distributing copies by hand or mail.