The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) has notified the CITY OF ORE CITY TX2300003 that the drinking water being supplied to customers  had  exceeded  the  Maximum  Contaminant  Level (MCL) for total trihalomethanes. The U.S. Environmental  Protection Agency (U.S. EPA) has established the MCL for total trihalomethanes to be 0.080 milligrams per liter (mg/L) based on locational running annual average (LRAA), and has determined  that it is a health concern at levels above the MCL.  Analysis of drinking water in your community for  total trihalomethanes indicates a compliance value in  quarter two 2020 of 0.083 mg/L for DBP2-0l.

Trihalomethanes are a group of volatile organic compounds that are  formed  when  chlorine,  added  to the water during the treatment process for disinfection, reacts with naturally-occurring organic matter in the water.

Some people who drink water containing trihalomethanes in excess of the MCL over many years may experience problems with their liver, kidney, or central nervous systems, and may have an increased risk of getting cancer.

You do not need to use an alternative water supply.  However, if you have health concerns, you may want to talk to your doctor to get more information about how this may affect you.

We are taking the following actions to address this issue:

Increased duration and frequency of line flushing

Increased testing of post flushed lines

The test sites are prescribed by TCEQ and this particular one was a property that is not occupied the majority of the year.  The violation can be attributed to the age of water in the lines.  The City Utility Department has historically flushed unused water lines, however, we will increase the frequency in which these lines are flushed going forward.  This property is also located at the end of the City’s service line. TCEQ was informed of the unoccupied status of the property, and they agree this is not an ideal testing location and have agreed to move the testing location to an abutting property upon request from the City, which has been submitted.  All other testing sites returned normal results.

Please share this information with all people who drink this water, especially those who may not have received this notice directly (i.e., 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.

If you have questions regarding this matter, you may contact Paul Conrads at 903-736-8858