City of Temple Public Works – Utility Director, Damon Boniface seeks to update citizens on the condition of their water system regarding latest improvements to Total Trihalomethane (TTHM) levels in the public drinking water supply. As previously notified, results of the City’s fourth quarter 2016 sampling event showed levels exceeding the U.S. EPA established level at all eight sample sites with a locational running annual average (LRAA) above 80 micrograms per liter (ug/l). The TCEQ recently collected samples for first quarter 2017 compliance from all eight sample sites. Results show significant improvement as three of the eight sample sites have regained regulatory compliance. Further, latest results from all eight sites ranged from 37 to 46 ug/l, compared to 66 to 88 ug/l for quarter four 2016. In perspective, 1 ug/l is equivalent to one hundredth (0.001) of a penny per million dollars.
The City of Temple is dedicated to providing safe drinking water to the community. Recent changes to the treatment process show significant reduction in TTHM concentration levels, with expected full compliance soon. System water has always been safe to drink and use, as there is no need to boil or purchase water. Further updates will be provided as information becomes available.