Mayor Yaede Responds to Water Quality Notice Issued by Trenton Water Works
Today, Hamilton Township Mayor Kelly A. Yaede responded to a notice issued by Trenton Water Works (TWW) concerning water quality and a recent violation issued by the NJDEP.
“Today, I received a notification from Trenton Water Works concerning a recent violation it received from the NJDEP. This notice concerned an elevated level of trihalomethanes during testing between May 2012 and February 2013,” said Mayor Yaede. “According to the notice provided by Trenton Water Works this is not an emergency and no action needs to be taken by Trenton Water customers. However, Trenton Water is advising that any customer who may have a severely compromised immune system, have an infant, is pregnant, or is elderly, to please take precautions and seek advice from their medical provider about drinking this water.”
Trenton Water Works provides water service to a portion of Hamilton Township, as well as Ewing Township, Lawrence Township, Hopewell Township and the City of Trenton itself. Information released by TWW indicates that the standard level for trihalomethanes (TTHM) is 80 parts per billion (ppb), and that testing over the last twelve months showed an average level of 95 ppb. However, TTW also indicated that testing for the first quarter of 2013 showed a below-average level of 69 ppb. TTHM are four volatile organic chemicals which form when disinfectants react with natural organic matter in the water. People who drink water containing TTHM in excess of the standard level over many years may experience problems with their liver, kidneys, or central nervous system, and may have an increased risk of getting cancer.
“As Mayor of Hamilton Township and representative of its 90,000 residents I question why I was not notified by City of Trenton officials directly of this serious issue. I implore Trenton Water to resolve this issue immediately and to contact me directly whenever an issue such as this arises,” Mayor Yaede commented. “This is yet another example in a long line of examples, such as boil water advisories, over the last several years of why the City of Trenton should no longer be permitted to run Trenton Water Works, and I call on the State of New Jersey to take over operation of the utility to help restore safety and confidence in the system,” Mayor Yaede concluded.