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AUBURN, AL (WTVM) -

Auburn Water Works customers were recently notified that their water supply exceeds the federal contamination limit for a contaminant known as total trihalomethanes.

The public notice the current contaminant level does not pose an immediate risk, however some people who drink water containing excess levels of total trihalomethanes over a long period of time experience problems with their liver, kidneys, or central nervous system, and may have an increased risk of getting cancer.

Read the full notice below:

Dear Auburn Water Works Board Customer, 

Federal regulations set certain limits, known as the maximum contaminant levels (MCL), on contaminants that can be found in the potable water supply. Our water system recently exceeded the limit set for a certain contaminant known as total trihalomethanes. As our customer, you have a right to know this limit was exceeded.

The Auburn Water Works Board routinely monitors for the presence of drinking water contaminants throughout its distribution system. Testing results received in early March 2014, for samples that were collected in February 2014, resulted in our system exceeding the MCL standard for total trihalomethanes at our test site located at 2579 Bent Creek Road. The MCL standard for total trihalomethanes is 0.080 mg/l. The regulation states that if a water system's four quarter average exceeds 0.080 mg/l, it is considered above the federal drinking water standards. The four quarter average for total trihalomethanes at this location was 0.0807 mg/l.

The most recent quarterly TTHM sample collected at the Bent Creek site was 0.071 mg/l. However, because the MCL is based on a four quarter annual average, you may receive a similar notice to this one in the next quarter. This is primarily due to the result of 0.104 mg/l received in August 2013. Notices should cease once the August 2013 result is removed from the quarterly calculation and the quarterly average returns to below 0.080 mg/l.

This does not pose an immediate risk. If it did, you would have been notified immediately. However, studies have indicated that some people who drink water containing trihalomethanes in excess of the MCL over many years may experience problems with their liver, kidneys, or central nervous system, and may have an increased risk of getting cancer. If you have specific health concerns, you should consult with your physician.

Please share this information with anyone who drinks our water, especially those who may not have received this notice directly (for example, people in apartments, nursing homes, schools, and businesses). You can do this by posting this notice in a public place or distributing copies by hand or mail.

The Auburn Water Works Board is committed to providing the highest quality water possible and we want to assure our customers that we are continually monitoring and operating our system in a manner to provide safe, reliable drinking water. Please be assured that we will continue to manage and make improvements to the water system in an effort to control contaminants and improve water quality within the distribution system.

Should you have any questions, please contact Tim Johnson at 1501 West Samford Avenue, Auburn, Alabama 36832 or call 334-501-3060.

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