General Manager Jack Hoagland of the Idyllwild Water District issued a press release to the Town Crier on Monday, July 9, indicating that this week it is mailing its customers an “Official Notice” advising that “the District has exceeded the maximum contaminate limit (MCL) for both total trihalomethanes (TTHM) of 80 parts per billion and haloacetic acids (HAA) 60 parts per billion. The results, received June 15, 2018, showed one of the District’s sample points had a running average of 87 parts per billion TTHM and 64 parts per billion HAA.”

The notice went on to explain that “this is not an emergency” nor “an immediate risk,” and that customers do not need to use bottled water or another water supply.

“However, some people who drink water containing trihalomethanes in excess of the MCL over many years may experience liver, kidney, or central nervous system problems, and may have an increased risk of getting cancer. Some people who drink water containing haloacetic acids in excess of the MCL over many years have an increased risk of getting cancer.”

The notice further advises that “[i]f you have other health issues concerning the consumption of this water, you may wish to consult your doctor.”

According to the press release issued by Hoagland, “The potential health impact of TTHM and HAA is a result of long-term exposure. The analysis criteria is consuming 2 liters (about ½ gallon) of water a day for 70 years increases risk by a factor of one in a million. The analysis is not meant to minimize the impact of the exceedance or to suggest that this will not be an issue that now moves to the top of the priority list for the District, but to put into context the relative immediate risk, which is small.”

Hoagland explained that IWD adds chlorine, which is widely used throughout the country as a disinfectant, to the district’s well water. But the chlorine also reacts with natural organic material from leaves, plants and soil to form low levels of TTHM and HAA. He stated that the persistent drought and “water supply conditions” caused an increase in the natural organic material, which then resulted in increased levels of TTHM and HAA in the drinking water served “to part of our service area.” IWD Director Dave Hunt indicated to the TC that lower Pine Crest was the area most affected.

Hoagland indicated that the district is consulting engineering professionals to evaluate potential changes to the system that would reduce the TTHM and HAA levels. Changes may include the construction of a filtration system at the impacted wells to remove some of the natural organic material from the water.

“We anticipate resolving the problem within 6 to 12 months depending on the type of solution implemented. In the meantime we are minimizing the use of the impacted wells and relying more on wells that form lower levels of TTHM and HAA.”

Idyllwild Water District services about 1,650 water customers and 600 sewer customers within its district.

 

4 COMMENTS

  1. Trihalomethane, uranium, and excessive chlorination, among other nasty contaminants, along with miles of crappy pipe, substandard hydrants, ancient outdated sewer plant, poor employee retention, and many wasted dollars on failed boondoggle projects, not to mention cash hoarding and hemorrhaging at the same time (that’s a new one), ouch. I guess your new un-elected self appointed board member with so called “financing expertise” has his work cut out for him. He looks more like a guy that likes being one of the pretty people. If your solution during drought is to use wells heavily laden with contaminants resulting in carcinogens in the water supply instead of repairing your other wells, then who’s the stupid one here, the district or its customers for allowing you to do it?

    Pine Cove on the other hand has developed an aggressive and independent long term revenue stream not related to water production which over the decades has financed major capital improvements enhancing water quality, production, storage, fire protection, and watershed stabilization.

    Stick it IWD. Your attempt to gobble up Pine Cove Customers to finance a new sewer plant and take our carefully developed water sources and revenue stream is poorly hatched and dead on arrival. IWD board members resign now; save yourselves the headaches and community condemnation as plagued by your predecessors! The wrath of Pine Cove customers approaches.

  2. Wanna bet IWD board members have no idea how these volatile organic compounds (voc’s) hit their drinking water. Substandard shallow Wells in the heat of midsummer taking in surface water in Dutch flat put through a substandard filtration plant run by incompetent employees who should have known voc’s are made when that substandard filtration plant is mismanaged, that’s right IWD made and injected the voc’s out of incompetence and neglect. Organics and inorganics are fundamental precursors to this outcome. The organics are likely nasty little bugs, not leaves, as for the inorganics everything comes for the ride in shallow surface water wells.

    The only real solution here is to stop using surface water, a real danger to modern health standards, and switch over to properly drilled granite aquifer wells, a much safer source and drought immune to boot.

    As for IWD board members attempt to steal Pine Cove aquifer wells, I predict the community outrage will make resignation a walk in the park.

  3. Wanna bet IWD board members have no idea how these volatile organic compounds (voc’s) hit their drinking water. Substandard shallow Wells in the heat of midsummer taking in surface water in Dutch flat put through a substandard filtration plant run by incompetent employees who should have known voc’s are made when that substandard filtration plant is mismanaged, that’s right IWD made and injected the voc’s out of incompetence and neglect. Organics and inorganics are fundamental precursors to this outcome. The organics are likely nasty little bugs, not leaves, as for the inorganics everything comes for the ride in shallow surface water wells.

    The only real solution here is to stop using surface water, a real danger to modern health standards, and switch over to properly drilled granite aquifer wells, a much safer source and drought immune to boot.

    As for IWD board members attempt to steal Pine Cove aquifer wells, I predict the community outrage will make resignation a walk in the park but only if done before the next board meeting.

  4. I’m dusting off the “Resign Now” and “IWD Needs A New Manager” signs plus a little something extra.

    I have to wonder did Jack Hoagland know about the carcinogenic trihalomethane being made and injected by IWD before the rate hearing.

    Thank God PCWD is smarter than this nut.

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