Recent test results put Oak Creek water back in compliance
Steamboat Springs — After Oak Creek residents were warned via letter this month about a contaminant level exceeding state standards, Oak Creek’s town water supply is now back in compliance after the most recent test results came back Monday.
According to Oak Creek water plant operator John Fitzgerald, the most recent quarterly test results yielded Total Trihalomethane levels of 29.8 parts per billion, well below the state’s maximum contaminant level of 80 parts per billion.
Total Trihalomethane is a byproduct of disinfectants that stem from organic matter in the water supply, which is more common in surface water supplies like those of Oak Creek.
The measurement that spurred the violation and the subsequent letter to residents was from the fourth quarter of 2010, which saw a contamination level of 82 parts per billion.
The recent measurement brings the average levels down to within compliance of state standards, Fitzgerald said.
But that doesn’t mean measures won’t be taken to alleviate the future possibility of violations.
“We’re going to have to follow through and do something,” Fitzgerald said. “It may take a year or two because it’s going to cost hundreds of thousands of dollars. It’s not like we can ignore it. We wouldn’t want to ignore it. We want healthy water.”
The Oak Creek Public Works Commission and the Oak Creek Town Board are in the preliminary stages of discussing possible solutions, such as expanding the raw water pond, adding a new settling pond or changing disinfectants.
“Right now, our water’s perfectly safe and wonderful,” Fitzgerald said.
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