Northeast Alabama Water District: water source changed before EPA Health advisory

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FORT PAYNE, Ala. (WHNT)–The Northeast Alabama Water district was at one point under an EPA advisory after PFOA and PFOS contaminants were discovered in one of its water sources.

WHNT News 19 spoke to John Jordan, the district’s general manager Thursday afternoon.  He tells us the water involved came from the Coosa river.  The water district discontinued use  of the water source in early April and replaced it with spring water.  The water was provided to approximately 200 customers in the Centre area of Cherokee County.  The Coosa river had been a water source for at least 20 years.  Customers in Dekalb, Marshall and Etowah counties did not receive this water source.

The district has a water plant in Marshall County that was upgraded in 2012 and 2015.  A Dekalb County facility was built in 2010.  Jordan says both facilities have filters that are capable of handling dangerous contaminants that may appear in the water supply.

Read extensive coverage on the water advisory and various concerns on WHNT.com.