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Tuesday 08 August 2017, 08:00am
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Milledgeville Water Department Clarifies Health Concerns


Health concerns related to the quality of water the City of Milledgeville provides to its customers has surfaced recently within the community.

These concerns derive from an article that discusses contaminants found in water supplies of 30 Georgia towns or water utilities.

Findings in the article come from the Environmental Working Group (EWG) tap water database.

The EWG is anon-profit organization unaffiliated with the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

According to the EWG website, the group specializes in research and advocacy of public health and makes use of public information to achieve this mission.

The most recent study that the EWG organization has done compares the presence of certain contaminants in water on a local, state, and national level.

For example, EWG’s data compares the presence of Trihalomethanes (TTHMA’s), a contaminant that forms during water treatment with chlorine and other disinfectants, in its study.

The legal limit set forth by the EPA for TTHMA’s is 80 ppb (parts per billion).

EWG’s study shows that the state average is 11.8 ppb, national average is 23.2 ppb, and Milledgeville’s is 45.7.

Regardless of the range of the percentage, all three averages do not exceed EPA’s 80 ppb set limit.

TTHMA is a chemical that EPA has established a set upper limit for in a community’s water supply.

The test results will vary from place to place, based on different variables, such as the quality of your raw water source, treatment plant capacity, and the environment you live in.

When it comes to other contaminants, EPA uses the Unregulated Contaminant Monitoring Rule (UCMR) to collect data for contaminants that are suspected to be present in drinking water and do not have health-based standards set under the Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA).

EPA’s selection of contaminants for a particular UCMR cycle is largely based on a review of the Contaminant Candidate List(CCL).

EPA reviews contaminants that have been evaluated through existing prioritization processes, including previous UCMR contaminants and the CCL.

The procedures for evaluating health effects were developed to support the ranking of contaminants for future CCLs.

According to state and federal guidelines set forth by state and federal government, The City of Milledgeville Water Department meets regulations.

 “We have always been diligent in notifying the public when there is a problem and all our CCR’s are available to the public on our website,” said City of Milledgeville Water Department official Robert Hadden.

CCR’s (Consumer Confidence Reports), also known as Annual Water Quality Reports, are available on the City’s website at as well as in EPD’s database on their website.

Reports listed on Milledgeville’s website date back to 2012.

The City of Milledgeville’s water laboratory continuously monitors water quality to be sure it is properly treated to EPA and EPD standards.

In addition, over 22 water samples throughout Milledgeville’s distribution system are taken randomly each month and tested, according to the 2016 CCR. 


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