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A widely used plasticizer, which is primarily used in the production of polyvinyl chloride (PVC). In high dosages, it can lead to cancer.
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Di(2-ethylhexyl)phthalate or the chemical formula C6H4(CO2C8H17)2.
June 30, 2023
July 20, 2023
July 26, 2023. 0.00046 mg/L
No, in fact the DEHP levels had been so low that the facility qualified for reduced sampling of every 3 years.
An exceedance of the Maximum Contaminant Limit would be considered “unsafe to drink.” An exceedance of a regulatory Detection Limit requires increased sampling frequency, where samples are required quarterly (every 3 months).
1 year from the date of incidence (July 1, 2023).
The city did not have any evidence that the water supply was unsafe to drink at any time. If water would have been unsafe, the city would have immediately notified through text messages, phone calls and door hangers. The notifications that were required are provided for consumer confidence.
Besides the regulatory requirements, The city is committed to transparency and providing confidence in the drinking water.
A comprehensive review of the water sampling procedures was conducted to identify any shortcomings. Employees involved in the sampling process have undergone additional training to ensure proper adherence to the established protocols. A review of the quality control checks was completed with the staff and the contract laboratory. Enhanced quality control checks were introduced to detect any irregularities or deviations early on. The laboratory will notify staff as soon as possible of any exceedance of an RDL or MCL. This will enable prompt corrective action if any issues arise. A designated team is now assigned to oversee the entire organics sampling process, ensuring compliance with the newly strengthened protocols. This will add an additional layer of accountability to prevent similar violations.