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DeKalb-Jackson Water Supply District says it violated drinking water standard

The department is monitoring for the presence of drinking water contaminants. The monthly meeting was cancelled by the utility district, but board members, county commissioners showed up anyway.

Posted: Nov 18, 2019 2:25 PM
Updated: Nov 18, 2019 7:01 PM

The DeKalb-Jackson Water Supply District says it recently violated a drinking water standard.

The department says this is not an emergency, and officials are routinely monitoring for the presence of drinking water contaminants. They say testing results for samples taken in August 2019 show the system exceeds the standard or maximum contaminant level for total haloacetic acids (HAA5). That total standard is .060 MG/L. 

Some people who drink water with the contaminants over many years may experience problems with their liver, kidneys, or central nervous system, and may have an increased risk of getting cancer, according to the department.

The board cancelled Monday's meeting, citing pending litigation with the Jackson county commission. Commissioners say they need answers about the safety of the water.

"In the letter that they sent out, that I received in my bill, it said if you continue to drink it it listed things that it can cause and cancer was one of them...It really bothers me that what my kids and my grand-kids could be drinking can cause cancer," said Commission Chairman Tim Guffey.

A representative from the water district WAAY this impacts about 40-customers and it would take decades of exposure to cause problems, and they've taken steps to curb the acids from getting in the water.

Jackson county commissioners want to fire the two board members they appointed, but the water board's lawyer tells me removal could require an impeachment process. The case was drought to court in DeKalb county, but the judge transferred it to Jackson.

The DeKalb-Jackson Water Supply District released this statement with utility bills during the first week of November:

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