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Our water system recently violated a drinking water standard. Although this is not an emergency, as our customers, you have a right to know what happened, what you should do, and what we did (are doing) doing to correct this situation.
The Division of Public Health routinely monitors for the presence of drinking water contaminants. Testing results from 08/21/2020 show that our system exceeded the standard, or maximum contaminant level (MCL), for for combined radium. The standard for combined radium (226 & 228) is 5 picocuries per liter (pCi/L). The average level of combined radium over the last year is 6.42 pCi/L.
This is not an emergency. If it had been an emergency, you would have been notified within 24 hours. However, some people who drink water containing radium 226 or 228 in excess of the MCL over many years may have an increased risk of getting cancer.
We are researching options to correct the problem. These options may include treating the water to remove radium or stop using some of our wells. We anticipate resolving the problem within 3 months.
For more information, please contact Michael Knight at 302-653-5085 or Kevin Cottman, Environmental Health Specialist III with the Office of Drinking Water at 302-741-8630.
*Please share this information with all the other people who drink this 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.*
This notice is being sent to you by: Pinnacle Rehabilitation & Healthcare Center
Public Water System ID#: DE0000841
Date distributed: 08/24/2020