Royalwood MUD failed to correct a problem discovered during an assessment of the water system after testing positive for E.coli during 2016.
During 2016 monitoring, our water system tested positive for E.coli. E.coli are bacteria whose presence indicates that the water may be contaminated with human or animal wastes. Human pathogens in these wastes can cause short-term effects, such as diarrhea, cramps, nausea, headaches, or other symptoms. They may pose a greater health risk for infants, young children, the elderly, and people with severely compromised immune systems. We violated the standard for E.coli, indicating the need to look for potential problems in water treatment or distribution.
When this occurs, we are required to conduct a detailed assessment to identify problems and to correct any problems that are found. We failed to correct all identified sanitary defects that were found during the assessments by November 11, 2016.
As our customers, you have a right to know what happened and what we are doing to correct this situation. You were notified of the E.coli in our water October 12, 2016 and that no additional contamination has been identified and that you do not need to boil your water or take other corrective actions. Although our recent sampling has indicated coliform bacteria are absent, we are still required to assess the system and correct any defects found.
Although our recent sampling has indicated coliform bacteria was absent, we are still required to assess the system and correct any defects found.
What should I do?
- You still do not need to boil your water or take corrective actions. However, if you have specific health concerns, consult your doctor.
- If you have a severely compromised immune system, are pregnant, or are elderly, you may be at increased risk and should seek advice from your healthcare provider about drinking this water. You should also seek advice from your healthcare provider about using the water if you have an infant. General guidelines on ways to lessen the risk of infection by bacteria and other disease-causing organisms are available from EPA’s Safe Drinking Water Hotline at 1-800-426-4791.
What does this mean?
This is not an emergency. If it has been you would have been notified within 24 hours.
Failure to identify and correct system defects has the potential to cause distribution system contamination. Inadequately treated or inadequately protected water may contain disease-causing organisms. These organisms can cause symptoms such as diarrhea, nausea, cramps and associated headaches.
What is being done?
The system is back in compliance and has been since November 2016.
For more information, please contact Katie Hargrove at (281) 350-0895.
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This notice is being sent to you by Royalwood MUD. Water System ID#1010201