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March 27, 2019 Report: Important Information about Your Drinking Water

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Total Trihalomethanes (TTHM) MCL

Violation at City of Burlington Water PWSID #NJ0305001


Our water system recently violated a drinking water standard. Although this incident was not an emergency, as our customers, you have a right to know what happened and what we are doing to correct this situation.

We routinely monitor for the presence of drinking water contaminants. Testing results from, January 1, 2019 through March 31, 2019 show that our system exceeded the standard, or maximum contaminant level (MCL), for Total Trihalomethanes (TTHM). The standard for TTHM is 80µg/L. It is determined by averaging all the samples collected at each sampling location for the past 12 months. The level of TTHM’s averaged at one of our system locations for January 1, 2019 through March 31, 2019 was 85.1µg/L (Sample point 2-2). This is not the first time we violated the standard. Our violations have been ongoing since the fourth quarter of 2017 (October 1 through December 31) and this is an updated notice based on the most recent monitoring results. We previously distributed notification for the past violations on December 20, 2018, October 3, 2018, June 21, 2018, March 28, 2018, and January 10, 2018.     

What should I do?

•   There is nothing you need to do. You do not need to boil your water or take other corrective actions. If a situation arises where the water is no longer safe to drink, you will be notified within 24 hours.

•     If you have a severely compromised immune system, have an infant, are pregnant, or are elderly, you may be at increased risk and should seek advice from your health care providers about drinking this water.

What does this mean?

This is not an emergency. If it had been an emergency, you would have been notified within 24 hours. TTHM are four volatile organic chemicals which form when disinfectants react with natural organic matter in the water. 

*People who drink water containing trihalomethanes in excess of the MCL over many years may experience problems with their liver, kidneys, or central nervous system, and may have an increased risk of getting cancer. *


What is being done?

On December 9, 2018, we entered into an Administrative Consent Order (ACO) issued by the NJDEP. This ACO has allowed us to move forward with the series of tasks in our action plan project to achieve compliance requirements with the NJDEP. All corrective measures within our action plan project will be completed by November 30, 2019, and the water system must comply with the TTHM MCL locational running average by March 2020. Therefore, the City of Burlington can initiate the Filter Rehabilitation Project, which consists of media replacement and rehabilitation of our four filters. We expect that new filter media will be more efficient in our treatment process to decrease the levels of TTHMs that may form during final disinfection. On December 20,2018 the NJDEP also approved and issued a Temporary Treatment Permit to the City of Burlington. This permit is for the installation of an Air Diffuser Header System into the raw water intake flume of the City Water Plant. This system has been installed as of January 2019 and results of lower TTHM’s has been favorable to date.

Our Distribution System continues to move forward with both a valve and hydrant maintenance program that will complement our current flushing program. Our semi-annual flushing schedule will begin in April 2019. The next sampling for TTHM’s as well as HAA5 will be in May of 2019.

For more information, please contact Mr. Joseph Cantwell, City of Burlington Water Superintendent at 609.386.0307 or send inquires to City of Burlington Water, 601 East Pearl Street, Burlington, New Jersey, 08016 Attn: Water Superintendent.

*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 City of Burlington Water

State Water System ID#: NJ0305001.

Date distributed: 3/27/2019