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REPORT SAYS LOCAL WATER UTILITY VIOLATED DRINKING WATER STANDARDS

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State officials say five area utility districts, including one locally, violated federal drinking water standards in 2017 regarding elevated levels of haloacetic acids (HAA5), a byproduct of water sanitization. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency allows for 60 parts per million of HAA5 in drinking water, or .060 mg/L. elevated levels of haloacetic acids(EPA) says long-term exposure to the higher levels can increase cancer risks. State regulators say the following districts tested positive in 2017 for elevated levels of haloacetic acids (HAA5), a byproduct of water sanitization:

Rockwood Water, Sewer and Gas in Roane County – 1 test (.064)

Hamblen County’s Witt Utility District – 3 tests (.0708, .066, .069)

Oneida Water in Scott County – 3 tests (.0652, .064, .061)

West Knox Utility District in Knox County – 1 test (.062)

Alcoa Water System in Blount County – 1 test (.061)

Officials with the Rockwood Water, Sewer and Gas say they believe they are now within the allowed levels. Customers of the water utility should have received a letter regarding the elevated levels.

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