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Read water quality report before forming opinion

By Thomas Hoekstra | Jul 13, 2017

The following letter was written in response to a letter published July 6 titled “Richland water leaves much to be desired.”


To the editor:

The published Water Quality Report for a Public Water Supply (insert any town or city) contains information and statistics, compiled and issued by the Iowa Department of Natural Resources, from testing conducted at a state hygienic laboratory.

It provides definitions, general information, source water assessment, contact information; it identifies contaminants, compliance values and ranges, dates of collection or testing, violations, and the probable source of violation.

It is for your information and peace of mind. As an example, “Drinking water, including bottled water, may reasonably be expected to contain at least small amounts of some contaminants. The presence of a contaminant does not necessarily indicate that water posed a health risk.”

And, blended chlorine is introduced into the water at the treatment plan, in acceptable concentrations, as a disinfectant to control microbial contaminants and bacteria. An approved contaminant.

It goes on to read, “A detailed evaluation of your source water was completed by the Iowa Department of Natural Resources and is available from the Water Operator.” The Public Water Supply is required to publish the report in the newspaper.

Read it. And, take note of the “violations” column, where there are none identified from the contaminants.

Read it before you make ridiculous, unfounded accusations about quality and health concerns.

And finally, you will notice that there is no compliance range or values, no violation determined for taste. Because it is not regulated.

And, in the event that the taste offends you, don’t drink it. It is as simple as that. But, you may want to locate the water quality report from the bottled water distributor ...


– Thomas Hoekstra, Richland Mayor

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