Wallkill town water district violates standard

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TOWN OF WALLKILL – For the second time in a row, the Town of Wallkill Consolidated Water District #1 has violated a drinking water standard.

This is not an emergency, town officials said. 

“On August 18, 2020, we received notice that the samples collected on May 20, 2020, showed that our system exceeded the maximum contaminant level (MCL), for Total Trihalomethanes (TTHMs),” a notice from the town read. “The standard for (TTHMs) is 80 ug/l. The locational running annual average for TTHMs ending in the second quarter of 2020 was 90 ug/l in one location and 81.75 in a second location.”

The advisory said customers need not use an alternate water source; however, if a user has specific health concerns, they should consult their doctor.

While there may be no immediate risk to drinking the water, the town advised that some people who drink water with excessive amounts of that chemical “may experience problems with their liver, kidneys, or central nervous system, and may have an increased risk of getting cancer.”