Reports Conflict On Safety Of Adams Building Water

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 Another analysis of the drinking water at the Adams Office Building has found the amount of four minerals to be "below detection limits."

The analysis was conducted by ESC Lab Sciences, a state certified laboratory.

Andy Jacobs of the Woodbury Water Treatment Plant collected the samples. Samples were obtained at the health department, ambulance service, election commission and school board offices.

Minerals tested for by ESC were copper, lead, iron and manganese.

The ESC report does not specifically state that the water in the building is of drinking quality.

An earlier report, conducted by Planning, Design & Research Engineers, Inc. (PDR) stated that samples tested “had a distinct corrosion color” and contained high levels of iron, lead, manganese and copper.

“The analytical results indicate that the water is not of drinking quality,” the PDR report stated.

While the ESC report does not comment on the consumption safety of the water in the Adams Building, Jacobs responded “yes” when asked if he would drink the water on a regular basis if he worked there.

Given that the results and summaries of the tests conducted by ESC and PDR appear to conflict, Cannon County Executive Mike Gannon said today (Tuesday) he would seek a third, independent agency to take samples and test the water to see if the issue can be resolved.

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September 27, 2011 at 8:55pm
I have recently personally observed that the water appears to be "clearer" than before, and has a distinct "chlorine" smell. The "visible" sediments that were very apparent before, now seemed to have been remedied.

While there "seems" to be an improvement in the water condition or quality, I am not sure how this improvement occurred. I pose the following questions to Andy Jacobs of the Woodbury Water Treatment Plant and to County Executive Mike Gannon;

1.) Has the water system in this building been flushed out in some manner or fashion, since the initial test was performed?

2.) Were any of the plumbing pipes replaced or re-routed, since the first test?

3. Has there been any concentrated
chlorination or other treatment to the water system of this particular building, since the initial test?

I am thankful for each effort that has been taken to assess and address the water issues and conditions that have been raised regarding these concerns.

Matt Studd
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