Coos Bay/North Bend Water Board violates drinking water standard

Coos Bay/North Bend Water Board violates drinking water standard
COOS BAY, ORE. - The Coos Bay/North Bend Water Board recently violated a drinking water standard by not meeting treatment requirements, and while it's nothing to panic about, you do have the right to know about it.

A flyer that people have started getting this week states that on July fourth, a water main break in the distribution system led to an insufficient concentration of chlorine treating our drinking water.

Although chlorine concentrations were reduced, additional treatment techniques were sustained, and tests conducted throughout the system did not indicate the presence of bacteria.

It should be known that inadequately treated water may contain disease-causing organisms, which can cause symptoms such as nausea, cramps, diarrhea and headaches.

If you experienced any of these ailments, the water board recommends seeking medical advice.

But in the meantime, the ammonia feed system has been cleaned and repaired, leading to sufficient concentration of chlorine in the water storage reservoir, and the water main break was also repaired.

The water board says you don't need to boil water, but those with weakened immune systems may be at increased risk.

Water board General Manager Rob Schab told KCBY Wednesday, that because there was no immediate contamination found in the water on July fourth, they felt it was necessary to continue to obtain and test samples for contamination before releasing this information to the public.

He went onto say that he's doing everything he can to review and investigate the situation in order to eliminate the possibility of this happening again.