Water dept. cited over clerical error

Published 6:00 am Monday, November 2, 2009

City officials said Monday there is no reason for Brookhavenresidents to be alarmed after receiving a mailed notice detailing adrinking water standard violation in the month of September.

“Even though this was not an emergency, as our customers, youhave a right to know what happened, what you should do, and what weare doing to correct the situation,” said the letter that wasdelivered late last week to city water customers.

But city water superintendent Lanny Dickey said the actualviolation was just a clerical error, and had nothing to do with theactual quality of the water.

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“What they didn’t do is write down the chlorine residual on oneof the samples,” Dickey said.

In essence, the city water department is required to test forcontaminants each month, and is supposed to sample for chlorine 15times in a month. Dickey said 15 samples were taken, but only 14were reported.

“The Chlorine Residual was recorded in the Log Book, but was notrecorded on the MSDH Form 425,” the letter reads.

Dickey assured Brookhaven residents that there was no otherissue to worry about, and certainly no reason to be concerned withdrinking water standards.

“There’s nothing wrong with the water, it was just a minorerror,” he said.

City billing administrator Jennifer Peets said this is the firsttime the water department has had this kind of a mishap in the timeshe has been in her position.

“I’ve been here 20 years and this is the first time this hashappened,” she said.

Peets said the notice had to be mailed to a little more than4,000 people. She estimated it cost the city around $1,000 to sendthe notices bulk rate.