Gouverneur's Water Safe Despite Problems
There has been a little more cloudy water than normal at the village's filtration plant in Gouverneur, but the condition doesn't last long and officials say the risks to those drinking the water are minimal.
"It doesn't mean that it's not safe," said filtration plant operator Earl Meashaw.
"It's not like certain levels that would require a boil water order or advisory - it's not to that level," explained Peter Constantakes, a spokesperson for the New York State Health Department.
"But it is an indication that maybe something could have gotten through the filter or wasn't taken out as it should be," he explained.
While turbidity itself doesn't have any health affects, it can interfere with the water's disinfection process. In some instances, it can also allow microbes, including bacteria and parasites, to enter the water.
The village's filtration system was originally built in 1964 and that may be part of the problem.
Plant operator Earl Meashaw says the village routinely uses hundreds of thousands of gallons of water daily - all taken from the Oswegatchie River, treated, and then distributed to village users.
While health officials say the village water is safe to drink, there is still a slight risk bacteria could slip through when the turbidity is high:
For the past few weeks, the turbidity levels have been well below the state's recommendation.
Meanwhile, the village is going out to bid on replacing the oldest water filter in its system, in hopes it will correct the problem.
Tuesday, June 18, 2013, Watertown, NY
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