Pasadena working on THM levels in drinking water

Paul Hutchings
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Drinking water coming from Pasadena water taps received a passing grade, according to a provincial report.
Results of the 2013 Summer Drinking Water quality report were released by the Department of the Environment to town officials who discussed it briefly at the town’s public council meeting last week. The report shows the water contains a higher-than-usual level of THMs, which are disinfection byproducts that form when chlorine is added to water that contains high levels of organic matter, such as leaves.

Town manager Brian Hudson said residents have nothing to fear, as these kinds of levels are not unusual this time of year.

“There is nothing alarming in the report. Generally during spring runoff and other times of higher concentration, levels will go up,” he said. “We are working on getting those THM levels down.”

He said the town drains its water tanks each year and lines are flushed on a regular basis. Hydrant lines are also maintained.

In a similar water report from last year, the Town of Deer Lake discovered the same issues and managed, according to staff, to solve them. Drinking water reports are completed every year for towns across the province.

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