UPDATE: Water Authority addresses concerns about drinking water in Limestone County

LIMESTONE COUNTY, Ala. (WHNT) – The Limestone County Water & Sewer Authority has addressed concerns about contaminants recently found in the county’s drinking water.  The general manager says there are no immediate health risks and steps have been taken to correct the problem.

A Limestone County woman contacted us Wednesday to ask us about a notice posted on the front doors of Johnson Elementary School. The message indicates the county water system recently violated drinking standards.

Notice posted on the door of Johnson Elementary in Limestone County (Photo: Kristen Conner/WHNT News 19)

Notice posted on the door of Johnson Elementary in Limestone County (Photo: Kristen Conner/WHNT News 19)

The school is currently distributing  bottled water to students and staff, and has also purchased large canisters of water, placing them around the school for drinking.

WHNT News 19 contacted the Limestone County Water & Sewer Authority for answers.  General Manager Byron Cook spoke with us and said test results from last quarter (the period between April and June) showed the system exceeded the max allowed level of haloacetic acids.  However, he stressed the issue has already been resolved, and the contaminants flushed out.

“There are no immediate health risks. If there had been, you would have been notified immediately,” Byron Cook said in a statement. “LCWSA is well aware of this issue and has taken the steps necessary to correct it. Automatic flushers have been installed in the areas affected to improve the freshness of the water, which is a contributing factor to the development of disinfection by products that resulted in the violation.”

School still using bottled water

WHNT News 19 also spoke with Tom Sisk, Superintendent of Limestone County Schools.  He said the school system will continue to provide bottled water at the school until they’re given the all-clear.

Johnson Elementary Principal Brad Lewis said they’ve ordered large containers of water as well, and have placed water stations around the school and cafeteria.  He said it’s all about keeping the kids and staff safe.

1 Comment

  • Nel Hazelwood

    why hasn’t there been a public notice as called for in the EPA – Public Notification – Haloacetic Acids (HAA5) MCL Template
    When a PWS exceedes the maximum contaminant level (MCL) for Haloacetic Acids (HAA5) it must issue a public notice to inform the consumers of its water that the level of Haloacetic Acids detected in their water has exceeded the MCL set by the Federal Regulations. You can use this template as a guide to prepare that public notice.
    You will need Adobe Reader to view some of the files on this page. See EPA’s About PDF page to learn more.
    Public Notification – Haloacetic Acids (HAA5) MCL Template (PDF)(2 pp, 17 K)

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