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PUBLIC NOTICE Village of Simsboro

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PUBLIC NOTICE
Village of Simsboro
During the reporting period of August 1, 2012 through August 31, 2012 the Simsboro Water System violated the maximum contaminate level of coliform bacteria as set forth in the State and Federal Primary Drinking Water Regulations {Part XII of the Louisiana State Sanitary Code (LAC 51:XII)}. Action has been taken to eliminate the contamination. 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 1-(800)-426-4791. This is not an emergency. If it had been you would have been notified immediately. Total coliform bacteria are generally not harmful themselves. Coliforms are bacteria that are naturally present in the environment and are used as a indicator that other, potentially harmful, bacteria may be present. Coliforms were found in more samples than allowed and this was a warning of potential problems. Usually, coliforms are a sign that there could be a problem with the treatment or distribution system (pipes). Whenever we detect coliform bacteria in any sample, we do follow-up testing to see if other bacteria of greater concern, such as fecal coliform or E. coli, are present. This finding occurred when an incorrect procedure was used to collect the water sample. This procedure has been corrected. We did not find any of these bacteria in our subsequent testing. EPA has set an enforceable drinking water standard for total coliforms to reduce the risk of adverse health effects. Under this standard, no more than 5 percent of the samples collected during a month can contain these bacteria, except that systems collecting fewer than 40 samples per month that have one total coliform positive sample per month are not violating the standard. Drinking water which meets this standard is usually not associated with a health risk from disease causing bacteria and should be considered safe. We did not find any of these bacteria in our subsequent testing. If we had, we would have notified you immediately.
Failure to meet the total coliform standard does not meant that the water is unsafe or that alternate sources of water should be used. The water system has re-sampled the sites and the results indicate no problems. Should you have any questions concerning this notice, contact the Village of Simsboro (318)247-6248. 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. Part XII of the Louisiana State Sanitary Code (LAC 51:XII) further requires that the notice include the telephone number of mailing address of the owner, operator, or designee of the public water system as a source of additional information concerning the notice. General guidelines on ways to lessen the risk of infection by microbes are available from EPA Safe Drinking Water Hotline at 1 (800)-426-4791.
1td: September 13, 2012

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