The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) notified the City of Athens that our Haloacetic Acids (HAA) Levels exceed regulatory limits. Please view the attached slides to learn more about how the City is continuing to ensure we provide you with safe drinking water. Full public notice follows the slides.
The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) has notified the City of Athens, Texas that the drinking water being supplied to customers had exceeded the Maximum Contaminant Level (MCL) for haloacetic acids (group of five). The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (U.S. EPA) has established the MCL for haloacetic acids (group of five) to be 0.060 milligrams per liter (mg/L) based on locational running annual average (LRAA), and has determined that it is a health concern at levels above the MCL. Analysis of drinking water in your community for haloacetic acids (group of five) indicates a compliance value in quarter four 2015 of 0.063 mg/L for DBP2-01 and 0.064 mg/L for DBP2-04.
Haloacetic acids are a group of volatile organic compounds that are formed when chlorine, added to the water during the treatment process for disinfection, reacts with naturally-occurring organic matter in the water.
Some people who drink water containing HAA5 in excess of the MCL over many years may have an increased risk of getting cancer.
You do not need to use an alternative water supply. However, if you have health concerns, you may want to talk to your doctor to get more information about how this may affect you.
Please share this information with all people who drink this water, especially those who may not have received this notice directly (i.e., people in apartments, nursing homes, schools, and businesses). You can do this by posting this notice in a public place or distributing copies by hand or mail.
If you have questions about this matter, please call the City of Athens at 903-677-0775.
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