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Briggsville Water District Does Not Meet Treatment Requirements

Our water system has been violating a drinking water standard. Although this situation does not require that you take immediate action, as our customers, you have a right to know what happened, what you should do, and what we are doing to correct this situation. Although we have a licensed primary operator for distribution services, we have had no licensed primary operator for treatment services. A treatment operator must hold a treatment license.

Since we don't have a treatment operator with the required license, we are in violation of the regulations. Federal requirements for community public water systems with chlorine disinfection require an appropriately licensed operator. We are required to provide public notice due to the violation.

We operate a water treatment facility that disinfects our source water with chlorine treatment and a distribution system that brings the treated water to your homes. Our certified operator has a distribution license and is knowledgeable, although unlicensed, in the operation of our treatment plant, ensuring the continued operation of the treatment plant. Our operator is required to take the day-to-day water quality measurements related to treatment operations.

What should I do?

  • You do not need to boil your water or take other corrective actions. However, if you have specific health concerns, consult your doctor.
  • People with severely-compromised immune systems, infants, and some elderly may be at increased risk. These people should seek advice about drinking water from their health care providers. General guidelines on ways to lessen the risk of infection by microbes are available from EPA's Safe Drinking Water Hotline at I (800) 426-4791.

What does this mean?

This situation does not require that you take immediate action. If it did, you would have been notified immediately. Tests taken since the amended regulations went into effect did not indicate the presence of any bacteria in the treated water. We are required to provide the following information: Inadequately-treated water may contain disease-causing organisms. These organisms include bacteria, viruses, and parasites which can cause symptoms such as nausea, cramps, diarrhea, and associated headaches. These symptoms, however, are not caused only by organisms in drinking water, but also by other factors. If you experience any of these symptoms and they persist, you may want to seek medical advice.

What happened? What is being done?

We have sought additional operator coverage but have been unable to obtain the required services. We will be providing this notice repeatedly until we are in compliance. We do not know when we will meet this requirement. This notice is required to be distributed every 3 months for as long as this violation exists.

For more information, please contact Briggsville Water District, 111 River Road, Clarksburg, MA 01247.
Operator: Clebe W. Scott (413) 663-3985

Please share this information with all the other people who drink this water, especially those who may not have received this notice directly. You can do this by posting this notice in a public place or distributing copies by hand or mail.

This notice is provided by: Briggsville Water District
PWS ID#: 1063003

Date distributed: January 6, 2023