Does my Drinking Water Meet the Current Health Standards?
We are committed to providing you with the best water quality available. However some contaminants that were tested last year did not meet all applicable health standards regulated by the state and federal government. Due to contaminant violations for five Haloacetic acids (HAA5), which are disinfection byproducts, during the period January 1, 2018 - December 31, 2018 at the entry point to the distribution system (EPTDS) at Provin Mountain. It is important to note that, as the water travels through the water distribution system, the HAA5s dissipate and the concentrations decrease significantly with time.
Our system took the following corrective actions: We mailed a public notification and also provided distributed notices to several public building in town; we also published an ad in the newspaper. As part of the North Westfield Street Water Main Project we installed a new sampling station at the EPTDS. We continue to work with The Springfield Water and Sewer Commission to enhance the treatment of the source water to limit the formation of HAA5.
This was not an emergency. If it had been an emergency, you would have been notified within 24 hours. Our water system and MassDEP monitor and record the effectiveness of actions taken in response to contaminant violations. The health effect statement for this contaminant is listed below.
“HAA5 is a group of five haloacetic acid compounds which form when disinfectants react with natural organic matter in the water.
Some people who drink water containing haloacetic acids in excess of the MCL over many years may have an increased risk of getting cancer.”