July 27, 2023
The MADISON COUNTY REGIONAL WATER DISTRICT is a public water system subject to regulation under the federal Safe Drinking Water Act. Those regulations require the notification of customers whenever a violation occurs, and is the basis for this notice.
Finished water turbidity must be measured and recorded at least every four hours that the water treatment plant is operated or at least once per day if the system's population is less than 500. This requirement was not met during June 2023 through July 2023.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency sets national standards for drinking water. Water supplied by this system is from a surface source or groundwater which is directly influenced by surface water. Water systems which use these sources are required to monitor turbidity of the finished water one or more times each day.
Turbidity, or cloudiness, of drinking water is a measure of the small particles suspended in the water that can inferfere with disinfection and with the testing for bacteria. Excessive turbidity may allow disease causing micro-organisms, if present, to enter the water system.
Failure to meet this requirement does not necessarily mean that the water is unsafe or that alternate sources of water should be used.
The water system has acquired the HACH 2100Q bench tester for 4 hour testing. Turbidity meter for combined effluent constant monitoring to be installed upon delivery.
Should you have any questions concerning this notice, contact the Water District at 479-789-2866 or the Engineering Section of the Department of Health at 501-661-2623.