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SEPT 2017 WATER VIOLATION NOTICE
Town of Brutus Public Water Supply Customer,
Town of Brutus Public Water Supply recently violated a drinking water standard
set by the New York State Department of Health.Although this is not an emergency, as our customers, you have a right to
know what happened, what you should do, and what the Town is doing to address
Town of Brutus’ public water supply has levels of trihalomethanes above that
specified by the New York State Department of Health.The Town is required to sample water for
trihalomethanes within the Town’s distribution system each quarter of the year,
and then average the quarterly sample results obtained within the past twelve
months.This value is called the Running
Annual Average.The New York State
Department of Health has set the maximum contaminant level (MCL) for the
Running Annual Average of trihalomethanes at 80 parts per billion.The Town of Brutus’ public water system’s
current Running Annual Average is 82.0 parts per billion or 2.0 parts per
billion above the allowable concentration.Water samples are collected at the farthest point in the distribution
system where the trihalomethane levels should be the highest and therefore may
not be representative of the system as a whole.
are required by the New York State Department of Health to advise you through
this mailing of this situation and to provide you with additional information
concerning trihalomethanes. Here are brief answers to some questions you might
should I do?
do not need to boil your water or take other corrective actions. No
immediate action is required or necessary. If you wish to take further
precautions, however, you can use bottled water or use individual household
filters certified to remove trihalomethanes. You do not have to avoid using the
It Safe to Drink My Water?
has yet to be determined whether drinking water above 80 parts per billion is a
health danger. However, for more than three decades the Health Department’s
drinking water standards were set at a much higher level of 100 parts per
receiving public water within the Town of Brutus.
do trihalomethanes come from?
are a group of chemicals that includes chloroform, bromoform,
bromodichloromethane, and chlorodibromomethane. Trihalomethanes are formed in
drinking water during treatment by chlorine, which reacts with certain acids
that are in naturally-occurring organic material (e.g., decomposing vegetation
such as tree leaves, algae or other aquatic plants) in surface water sources
such as rivers and lakes. The amount of trihalomethanes in drinking water can
change from day to day, depending on the temperature, the amount of organic
material in the water, the amount of chlorine added, and a variety of other
factors. Drinking water is disinfected by public water suppliers to kill
bacteria and viruses that could cause serious illnesses. Chlorine is the most
commonly used disinfectant in New
For this reason, disinfection of drinking water by chlorination is beneficial
to public health.
Town of Brutus’ public water is drawn from Owasco Lake.The water is filtered and then disinfected
with chlorine by the City of Auburn before it is delivered to the Cayuga County
Water & Sewer Authority who re-chlorinates the water if necessary before it
is delivered to the Town of Brutus.If
necessary the Town of Brutus adds additional chlorine to the water in order to
maintain a minimum chlorine level in the water as required by the New York
State Department of Health.
are the potential health effects?
studies suggest that people who drink chlorinated water (which contains
trihalomethanes) or water containing elevated levels of trihalomethanes for
long periods of time may have an increased risk for certain health effects. For
example, some studies of people who drank chlorinated drinking water for 20 to
30 years show that long term exposure to disinfection by-products (including
trihalomethanes) is associated with an increased risk for certain types of
cancer. A few studies of women who drank water containing trihalomethanes
during pregnancy show an association between exposure to elevated levels of
trihalomethanes and small increased risks for low birth weights, miscarriages
and birth defects. However, in each of the studies, how long and how frequently
people actually drank the water, as well as how much trihalomethanes the water
contained is not known for certain. Therefore, we do not know for sure if the
observed increases in risk for cancer and other health effects are due to
trihalomethanes or some other factor. The individual trihalomethanes
chloroform, bromodichloromethane and dibromochloromethane cause cancer in
laboratory animals exposed to high levels over their lifetimes. Chloroform,
bromodichloromethane and dibromochloromethane are also known to cause effects
in laboratory animals after high levels of exposure, primarily on the liver,
kidney, nervous system and on their ability to bear healthy offspring.
Chemicals that cause adverse health effects in laboratory animals after high
levels of exposure may pose a risk for adverse health effects in humans exposed
to lower levels over long periods of time.
Is the Town of Brutus Doing About It?
is increasing the frequency of flushing their water mains. Research has shown
that the potential for the formation of trihalomethanes is greatest the longer
chlorine remains in contact with the organic matter in the water. Flushing
reduces this “contact time” which reduces trihalomethane formation.
having questions on any of the above can contact the Town of Brutus at (315)
834-9398, or the Cayuga County Health Department at (315) 253-1405.
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 and businesses) by posting this notice in a public place
or distributing copies by hand or mail.
Town of Brutus
2016 WATER QUALITY REPORT
All Town of Brutus water districts (Water District #2, 3, 4, 7, 8, 9) receive water from the Cayuga County Water & Sewer Authority (CCWSA) via the City of Auburn water system. The water source is Owasco Lake.
→Water District #1 and Water District #6 receive water from the Village of Weedsport (Owasco Lake).
→Water Districts #3, 4, 7 are interconnected water lines that extend from larger water systems within the Town of Brutus (WD #2, 8, 9). Water quality reports are a requirement based on the number of service connections.
→Cover letters for WD#2, 8, 9 include information regarding required testing that comes from NYS and Cayuga County tables/charts.
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