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Walthourville reports water violations
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A recent test of Walthourville’s drinking water uncovered traces of usually harmless bacteria, but that do pose health concerns, in the system, a violation of both state and federal standards.
Coliform bacteria were present in two samples tested during the compliance period, Sept. 1-30, according to Walthourville Public Works Supervisor Jimmie Martin in an Oct. 7 public notice filed by city officials.
The Georgia Environmental Protection Department and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency standards allow no more than 5 percent of samples to be coliform positive if 40 or more samples are submitted each month. If fewer than 40 samples are submitted each month, no more than one sample may be coliform positive.
The EPA has determined coliform bacteria, which is commonly found in the environment, is a possible health concern.
The presence of the bacteria in drinking water is generally the result of a problem with water treatment or pipes within the system and indicates the water may be contaminated with organisms that can cause disease, officials said.
Disease symptoms include diarrhea, cramps, nausea, possible jaundice and any associated headaches and fatigue.
A “boil water emergency” advisory has not been issued and residents are advised not to seek alternative water supplies, unless they or someone in their care has a severely compromised immune system and are either infants or elderly.
According to the notice, Martin said the “source of the contamination has been located and corrective action taken” since discovering the problem.
In an interview with the Courier, the supervisor said Walthourville’s water system is “very fine” and “nobody was ever in any danger.”
“If it was something more serious or dangerous,” Martin said, “we would have contacted residents by going door-by-door, through the newspaper, TV and radio.”
He added six additional water samples reviewed during the same sampling period were found to be safe and within state and federal guidelines.
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