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City of Girard NOTICE
PUBLIC NOTICE OF COLIFORM BACTERIA IN DRINKING WATER
The City of Girard public water supply has violated a drinking water microbiological standard for total coliforms in its distribution system in July 2014. Although this is not an emergency, you as customers have a right to know what happened and what is being done to correct the situation.
What happened: We routinely monitor for the presence of total coliform bacteria in our drinking water three times a month. We sampled our water system six times in July 2014 for coliform bacteria. One of the routine samples and two repeat samples showed the presence of total coliform. The standard is that not more than one sample per month may contain coliform. Any related repeat sample collected in a following month is included in determining compliance with the standard.
Who may be at risk and what you should do: You do not need to boil your water or take other corrective actions. However, if you have specific health concerns, consult your doctor. People with severely compromised immune systems, infants, and some elderly may be at increased risk. These people should seek advice about drinking water from their health care providers. General guidelines on ways to lessen the risk of infection by microbes are available from EPA’s Safe Drinking Water Hotline at (800) 426-4791.
This is not an emergency. Total coliform bacteria are generally not harmful themselves. Coliforms are bacteria which are naturally present in the environment and are used as an indicator that other, potentially harmful, bacteria may be present. Coliforms were found in more samples than allowed and this was a warning of potential problems.
No E. coli or fecal coliform bacteria have been found in the routine or repeat samples tested thus far.
Bacterial contamination can occur when increased run-off enters the drinking water source (for example, following heavy rains). It can also happen due to a break in the distribution system (pipes) or a failure in the water treatment process.
What we are doing: Whenever we detect coliform bacteria in any sample, we do follow-up testing to see if other bacteria of greater concern, such as fecal coliform or E. coli, are present. We are retesting each positive original site and two sites near each location and may increase the number of routine samples for at least the next month.
Some corrective actions we have taken included more follow up sampling, checking chlorine residuals on the distribution system, flushing lines, making any needed repairs to the system, and continuing investigation until we found the source of contamination. The problem has been resolved.
For information regarding this notice, please contact the City Office at (620) 724-8918.
Do you know what happens to the sewer when you flush "unflushables"?
If you are flushing more than "toilet tissue" along with your bodily waste, it does NOT break down properly causing clogging of our sewers. Disposable wet wipes are made with cotton and require time to break down. Diapers should not be disposed into the sewer system. We suggest these items be disposed via the garbarge container.
When these items enter our sewage system and begin damaging our equipment, we have to replace these machines before the scheduled replacement period. This requires additional funds. Guess where those "additional funds" come from? "The customers using the sewer utility." Neither you, as a paying customer, or us, provider of services, want increase of rates until absolutely necessary.
Please be aware of what's going down the toilet(s) in your household and help educate your family members regarding this matter.
A Happy Sewer is a Free-Flowing Sewer. :)
If you'd like to know the Girard population statistics according the the US Census Please click link below.
Planning for New Water System and Towers
The City of Girard is preparing to start on a water project funded by a bond sale that will provide new water storage towers for the city and provide for the removal of the old ones. New electronically read water meters and eventually electric meters, will also be added. New meters will allow customers to be more accurately read and give real time information on water leaks and water usage on customer accounts in the future.
One concern that the city wants everyone to be aware of is when the new towers come on line they expect the water pressure to be better than before and in that regard some older lines both public and private may develop leaks. Everyone should check occasionally for leaky pipes and faucets after the new towers are built and in operation which should be about this time next year (June 2015).
Everyone should make sure there is a master service shut off valve for the water service in their home and where it is located just in case of an emergency. It could take some time for city crews to arrive to turn of service at the meter if there is a leak. Just a reminder that it is illegal for anyone to tamper with water meters, including turning on and off service at the meter.