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Report outlines quality of city's drinking water

Wednesday, July 8, 2009

The City of Brazil is letting customers know about the quality of their water.

The Brazil City Water Works Department recently released its 2009 Consumer Confidence Report, which outlines the quality and contaminant levels in the city's drinking water supply.

Brazil City Water Superintendent Jake Raubuch told The Brazil Times contaminants found in the water supply during the past year or so have all been naturally occurring.

"We had a good year with none of the synthetic or organic compounds being detected in the water," Raubuch said. "The majority of the contaminants found were from by products of disinfecting the water supply, erosion of natural deposits or the corrosion of household plumbing systems."

Despite numerous line breaks and the subsequent boil orders in 2008-09, the quality of drinking water was not significantly affected as none of the contaminant levels were in violation of Indiana Department of Environmental Management (IDEM) standards.

The contaminant which was closest to being in possible violation was lead, which had a level of 0.0149 mg/L, just less than the Action Level of 0.015. The Action Level is a guide to determine whether the concentration of a contaminant requires the water supply to be treated.

"We have been fortunate because the lead and copper levels have never been above the level which would make it unsafe," Raubuch said.

The report does show one Microbiological Contaminant violation, stating a single sample tested positive for traces of E-Coli on July 15, 2008, but follow-up samples were shown to be clear of the contaminant.

"In summer, it is not unusual to have one of our normal test samples come back unsatisfactory with the heat helping build the bacteria levels," Raubuch said. "In this situation, like all others, we tested samples at the site again, as well as upstream and downstream, as required by IDEM, which all returned satisfactory."

With the city beginning to set out plans to upgrade and improve the current water system, which is aging, Raubuch said the reports in the upcoming years should improve as well.

"Anytime you upgrade a water system with new pipes or a new tower, it will improve the quality of the drinking water," he said. "Plus, with the system being upgraded, the water pressure should get better in the next few years."

Raubuch encourages residents and water customers to contact him with any questions or concerns with the report. He can be reached at the Water Treatment Plant by calling 448-1700.

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So a difference of 0.001 milligrams per liter of lead makes it "safe"? This is only a legal description. The fact remains that there IS lead in the water. There is also Ecoli at times. That and the fact that due to poor infrastructure of the system that water isn't reliably available.

While I do not fault those who work to keep water running, I do point a finger at the local politicians AND the tax payers for be unwilling to support the system's continued upkeep over the years that let the water system reach this deplorable condition. Hopefully it's a wake up call to those who are in denial about why property taxes are necessary and how investing in the infrastructure of the community gives each person who lives there a better return on their investment.

-- Posted by Jenny Moore on Thu, Jul 9, 2009, at 7:01 AM

I feel our water supply along with other factors is one of the reasons for the high cancer rate in Clay County.

-- Posted by ADJ on Thu, Jul 9, 2009, at 2:24 PM

Our water hasn't looked right since that last big water main break. It was still cloudy looking, so we invested in a water filter. Hopefully it's doing it's job. The water isn't cloudy anymore.

-- Posted by th1953 on Thu, Jul 9, 2009, at 2:29 PM


I agree that the good ole boy system [and a lot of nepotism] results in people voting for someone for the wrong reasons, not because they do a good job as good stewards for the community. Just because someone sits beside you in church each Sunday or is related to your sister in law, doesn't mean that they can or will do a good job. This county's poor infrastructure, whether the water system, the roads, the undereducated citizens that have lead to under employment, all have resulted from years of neglect. Whether it was mayor who didn't put money aside for future maintenance needs or a principal that didn't correct/discipline a non functioning teacher year after year.

ADJ: We seem to have a high rate of MS here in area as well compared to other areas I've lived...Wonder if any demographics have been done that look at this?

th1953: Clarity is not a guarantee of quality. You can always take a sample to have tested yourself at a private lab. There is one in Terre Haute. We periodically test our well water to make sure no run off has found its way into it.

Many toxic chemicals are clear while some algaes and minerals that color water are harmless.

I believe that the schools have higher standards than general population when it comes to water quality since children suffer more from impurities than do adults so you might investigate to see if it meets those standards as well. They should unless the schools have their own filtration systems....

-- Posted by Jenny Moore on Thu, Jul 9, 2009, at 4:02 PM

We are extremely fortunate to have Jake and his crew. They do a great job. Jake has championed many of the improvements that are about to take place for water customers. He has worked diligently with the mayor and the council. We should applaud his efforts.

-- Posted by scwh1974 on Thu, Jul 9, 2009, at 9:37 PM

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