IMPORTANT INFORMATION ABOUT YOUR DRINKING WATER
The City of Menominee Has Levels of Disinfection By-Products
Above Drinking Water Standards
Our water system recently violated a drinking water standard. Although this is not an emergency, as our customers you have a right to know what happened, what you should do, and what we are doing to correct this situation.
We routinely monitor for the presence of drinking water contaminants. Test results show that our system exceeds the maximum contaminant level (MCL) for total trihalomethanes (TTHM). The standard for TTHM is 80 micrograms/L. The locational running annual average for TTHM is currently 82 micrograms/L at one of our two routine sample sites.
What should I do?
You do not need to use an alternative (e.g., bottled) water supply. However, if you have specific health concerns, consult your doctor.
What does this mean?
This is not an immediate risk. If it had been, you would have been notified immediately. However, some people who drink water containing total trihalomethanes in excess of the MCL over many years may have an increased risk of getting cancer.
What happened? What is being done?
We are currently investigating ways to adjust our water treatment processes to deal with a spike in the disinfection by-products (DBP’s) we experienced in the fall of 2014. Since a locational running annual average is used to determine compliance with the standard, one quarter of elevated results can temporarily put us out of compliance. We anticipate future monitoring will show us to be in compliance but we are working on ways to permanently keep our DBP levels in compliance.
This Notice is being sent to you by the City of Menominee
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.
For more information, please contact the Water Department or Don DeTemple at 906-863-6744 or P.O. Box 453 1101 26th Avenue, Menominee, Michigan 49858.