City of York Issues Warning about Water Contamination

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Article courtesy of Sarah Hagen | August 6, 2015 | WCNC | Shared as educational material

YORK, S.C. — In a letter to its residents the City of York explains how they violated a drinking water standard.

They proactively mailed out the explanation saying trihalomethane samples take at 1375 Springlake Road by the Department of Health were slightly higher than usual.

This happens were disinfectant used to treat water combines with organic and inorganic matter and form chemicals.

The letter reads: some people who drink water containing trihalomethanes in excess over many years may experience problems with their liver, kidneys, central nervous system or may have an increased risk of getting cancer.

“I don’t want to call it poison, but there is contamination. It sounds like a problem but hopefully they have it under control,” said resident Louis Ridinger.

York City officials say even though there is concern about the tap water – you don’t need to necessarily be drinking bottled water.

But they warn, if you have health concerns, you want to talk to your doctor. They say infants and people with existing health conditions are more at risk.

Residents like Ridinger say after they got this letter – then went out and got something else to try and make sure their drinking water is safe.

“I went and got stronger filter to put on what I normally use. ”

While some residents are still drinking the water – others say, they never trust it, and for reasons just like this they always opt for bottled water.

Chris Hughes says, “Bottled water taste better than city water and I don’t trust city water – especially after getting this letter.”

The city plans to flush the system and re-test in September with better results.

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