Falmouth's Drinking Water Violates EPA Standards
By: Christopher M. Kazarian, October 11, 2013
"The town received notification on Tuesday that its drinking water had violated drinking water standards for disinfection byproducts.
As to what this means for residents town officials are essentially saying there is minimal risk. The press release notifying the public stresses that residents do not have to boil water or use an alternative supply such as bottled water.“However, if you have specific health concerns, consult your doctor,” it reads.
There were two violations reported, one for trihalomethane and another for haloacetic acid. Although there is no immediate risk, the town notes that some people who drink water containing these disinfection byproducts in excess of maximum contaminant levels (MCL) over many years may experience problems with their liver, kidneys or central nervous system. And there may be an increased risk of getting cancer.
The first violation, found at 9 Black Beach Hills Road, exceeded the maximum contaminant levels (MCL) for trihalomethane. The standard for that disinfection byproduct is 80 parts per billion (80 ug/l) and the average level over the past year at the site was 90.03 parts per billion (90.03 ug/l).
Additionally, the water system was found to exceed the operational evaluation levels (OEL) for haloacetic acid at the Teaticket Elementary School. The standard for that disinfection byproduct is 60 parts per billion (60 ug/l) and the average level over the past year at the site was 70.75 parts per billion (70.75 ug/l)."