Public Notice from Fayette County Water System

Sat, 05/02/2009 - 10:57pm
By: dm0duc

Did anyone else get the letter in the mail this week from the Fayette County Water System about the violation where they failed to meet the treatment requirements for disinfection byproduct removal for our drinking water?
It states they were not in compliance for the periods ending 9/30/08 and 12/31/08 and were also out of compliance for the first quarter 2009.
What gets me is that the say "we anticipate being back in compliance no sooner than DECEMBER 30, 2009????
What's up with that? Under the "What should I do section" it says there is nothing you need to do at this time. How about not drink the water?
Why hasn't there been anything in the paper about this?

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Submitted by jem777 on Mon, 05/18/2009 - 11:46am.

That is why having a water filter in a faucet is important or a dispenser for drinking water.
water softening systems

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Submitted by Shoebox on Tue, 05/05/2009 - 9:10am.

Buy a filter!

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Submitted by matt.barnes on Sun, 05/03/2009 - 8:57pm.

What do you guys have to report on this?

ts a good thing I only drink beer and Diet Coke.

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Submitted by Don Haddix on Sun, 05/03/2009 - 9:54pm.

My home has received no such notice nor have I received anything via City email, regular email or telephone from anyone on this issue.

My home, due to how long we have taken part, is testing station number 1 for water quality. My sample reports have come back well within all compliance standards on all they test for.

Water is a County function, not a city one. But if such occurred we should have been contacted.

I checked the Water Board minutes back through January. Nothing on such an issue.

The 2008 Consumer Confidence Report was not available. It contains all the analysis data.

Don Haddix
PTC Councilman
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Submitted by Don Haddix on Thu, 05/21/2009 - 12:52pm.

I received an email request to post any follow ups on this issue here.

I was sent the requested letter copy and forwarded an attachment to the City Manager expressing my concern we had not been notified.

My send was his first notification of the issue, so my concern was shared.

In follow up the Water System stated there is no health concern and the issue is being fixed with measures being taken to prevent a
re-occurrence. Largely what was said in the notification.

Since then I have recently received a copy of the letter in my water bill as well.

PTC really has no authority in this issue, but, I hope if anything else ever occurs we receive immediate notification so we can act as needed for the benefit of PTC residents.

Don Haddix
PTC Councilman
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Submitted by skyspy on Sun, 05/03/2009 - 9:48pm.

Can we get a reporter to investigate this? I smell bad water and a cover up. If they really wanted to inform the public why did they wait more than 6 months?? Why didn't they have you break the story immediately to inform the public of possible danger?

Where is our Erin Brockovich??

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Submitted by Cyclist on Sun, 05/03/2009 - 7:08pm.

Caution - The Surgeon General has determined that constant blogging is an addiction that can cause a sedentary life style.

Submitted by dm0duc on Sun, 05/03/2009 - 7:48am.

I can't seem to scan and attach the notice I received. This website keeps telling me the file size is too large. It's only one sheet of paper. Oh well.....
The main parts of the notice say that :

"The Fayette County Water System failed to meet the treatment technique requirement for disinfection byproduct (DBP) precursor removal for compliance periods ending 9/30/08 and 12/31/08 and was also out of compliance for the first quarter 2009. Our water system recently violated a drinking water standard. Although this is not an emergency, as our customer, you have a right to know what happened, what you should do, and what we are doing to correct this situation.

They go on to say that they conduct monthly monitoring for Total Organic Carbon (TOC)and that TOC has no health effects. However, TOC provides a medium for the formation of disinfection byproducts including trihalomethanes (THM's) and haloacetic acids (HAA's) and that drinking water containing these byproducts in excess of the maximum contamination levels may leade to adverse health effects, liver or kidney problems, or nervous system effects and may lead to an increased risk of getting cancer.

The EPA has established a treatment technique requirement for removal of the TOC which specifies the percentage of TOC that a plant must remove. Complaince is based on a running annual average of TOC removal rations.

Fayette County DID NOT MEET the treatment technique or ANY of the alternative compliance criteria for the compliance periods.

However, in the next paragraph they say there is nothing we should do at this time and that we should not be alarmed and do not need to seek alternative water supplies. Why not? I don't like the sounds of all this.

The Water System it says is aggressively pursuing different options to compliance but anticipates being back in compliance no sooner than December 30, 2009!!!!!

Call Tony Parrott at 770-461-1146 ext 6016 if you want to contact the person listed on the notice.

PS - I apologize for any typos. Too bad spell check isn't available here. I type too fast.

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Submitted by Don Haddix on Mon, 05/04/2009 - 10:15am.

If you wish, please scan and attach that to an email to either or

I would like to look into that one.


Don Haddix
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Submitted by skyspy on Sat, 05/02/2009 - 11:32pm.

Lovely! I did not receive any letter, only my water bill which I paid. This sounds like the I-Team needs to be all over it. Unless the news media gets involved nothing will be done.

Can we at least use our Fayette county-crap water unrestricted, to water all of our plants and trees that need fresh fertilizer? Are we going to get fined for using fresh SEWER water to water all of our plants and trees every day of the week?

Hey all of you new people from out of town visiting all of the open house parties, please bring drinking water with you when you move here. We are fresh out.

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Submitted by muddle on Sun, 05/03/2009 - 7:08am.

The parody is promising, though I haven't the time to work it out.

I went to the Fayette Water System website to see whether they provide any info on this. The most likely place, I would guess, is the annual water quality report.

Lack of Confidence Report

Unfortunately, there is a dead link to the PDF. That seems odd in light of this news. So far as I was able to tell, they offer no information on the site regarding this.

The water here has always had a horrible taste--nothing new. Try this experiment: Run a glass of tap water and let it stand for a few hours. Then take a sip. It tastes like some sort of chemical brew.

Submitted by skyspy on Sun, 05/03/2009 - 7:26am.

I think it will be easier to just buy bottled water. There is no way of finding out how serious this is. How far off of the charts does the contamination have to be before the health dept. would step in? The water has always tasted bad, and usually I always avoided drinking it for that reason. Now I wonder if I should let my dogs drink it.

Submitted by boo boo on Sat, 05/02/2009 - 11:57pm.

Well, that's nice to know. Did this notice come in the water bill? I told the spouse just the other day the ice tasted funny. Spouse said, oh it is only the filter needs changing. If this is system wide I would think the Fayette Co. Water Department would let us know, at least I hope so...GeeeeeeeeeZeeeeeeee!

Submitted by dm0duc on Sun, 05/03/2009 - 7:21am.

I received the notification last week. I'm not sure if it was in wtih my bill or separate. The notification says it's for Fayette County and refers people to the contact person Tony V. Parrott at 77-461-1146 ext 6016. You might want to call and ask for a copy of the "Public Notification" - "Monitoring/Reporting Requirements Not Met" letter that recently went out.
I'll see if I can somehow attach the letter in a separate post. I've tried to scan and copy it here, but I'm having difficulty.

Submitted by skyspy on Sun, 05/03/2009 - 7:29am.

Thanks for bringing this to our attention. If they really wanted to notify the public you think it would have been in the paper.

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Submitted by S. Lindsey on Sun, 05/03/2009 - 12:19am.

because of RUST... I think I am going to be sick now...
Does Tequila kill crap??

I will not lower my standards.. So UP YOURS.. Evil


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