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East Carbon issued water order


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By COLLIN MCRANN
Sun Advocate reporter

On Dec. 15 the Utah Division of Water Quality issued a statement advising the residents of East Carbon City to boil their water. However on Dec. 16 the statement was revoked because the city's drinking water was determined to be safe.

The advisory was due to the fact that high turbidity levels were detected in the city water, but after tests were returned levels were back to normal. Additionally no other significant containments were found.

The problem began when an upstream pressure reducing valve on the intake line malfunctioned, and the plant was shut down.

After the problem was detected water samples were immediately sent off for testing. Although it typically takes around 24 hours to complete such tests, they were returned by early afternoon and water treatment resumed.

Water treatment plant operator James Waymen could not be contacted at press time.

Once the Utah Division of Drinking Water (UDD) was informed about the incident they sent a former plant operator to meet with an engineer and evaluate the facility, according to Ken Bousfield Director of the UDD.

From Mr. Bousfield's account their were two issues: one with a hydrolic control valve and another plant issue. The Price River Water Improvement District PRWID will likely be involved with the evaluation.

The levels detected were shown to be about 2.1 turbidity levels. This was above the standard of .3.

The problem was first discovered when plant operators noticed that the turbidity levels were higer than normal and they contacted the UDD.

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