Rogers County Rural Water District No. 4 gets drinking water notification

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Reported by: Price McKeon
Updated: 8/22/2013 11:48 pm Published: 8/22/2013 11:45 pm

Roger County Rural Water District 4 residents got a notification their water did not meet EPA drinking water standards during two timeframes.

Resident Alain Pepin said, “Long term our water is what we’re made of.”

He said he will not drink the tap water and he will not let his dogs drink it either.

He got a Department of Environmental Quality notification in the mail Wednesday. It said not enough total organic carbon (TOC) was removed during two timeframes. The timeframes listed are April 2012 through March 2013 and July 2012 through June 2013.

Pepin said, “I think that just promotes more fear among the people they’re not telling us and they’re wondering why they’re not telling us.”

FOX23 reporter Price McKeon talked with Water District 4 engineer Brian Kellogg on the phone. He said the two timeframes on the notification are running averages and a few months that did not meet standards can bring the average low enough for a notification.

Kellogg said rain can stir up lake organics but overall the quality has improved and the readings for July 2013 meet EPA standards. 

Pepin said, “Woopee. We didn’t pass for 18 months prior to that.”

Kellogg said July 2013 levels passed EPA standards.

Pepin said he still will not drink the water out of the faucet. He said he installed a filter for his sink.

Kellogg said the water district has installed additional activated carbon which will help bring levels to approved EPA standards.

Kellogg said there are no immediate health risks and the water is safe to drink.

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