Mayor Yaede Seeks to Alleviate Concerns of Residents Prompted by Water Quality Notice Issued by Trenton Water Works
Today, Hamilton Township Mayor Kelly A. Yaede sought to alleviate the concerns of residents prompted by the notice recently issued by Trenton Water Works (TWW) concerning water quality and a recent violation issued by the NJDEP.
“As a result of the water quality notice issued by Trenton Water Works I have received many calls from concerned residents about what they should do in response to this notice,” said Mayor Yaede. “First, let me reassure the residents of Hamilton Township who are serviced by Trenton Water Works that based upon the information provided to Hamilton Township by Trenton Water and the NJDEP, and after consulting with Hamilton Township’s health officer, it appears that the water currently being provided by Trenton Water Works is safe. The testing of the water during the first quarter of this year showed a below-average level of trihalomethanes in the water. The elevated levels of trihalomethanes that prompted the notice were measured last year.”
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.
“Any individual concerned about the effects of these contaminants are encouraged to see their physician, although the risk of any illness from this event is extremely low,” Mayor Yaede commented.
Additionally, Mayor Yaede and Hamilton Township’s Health Officer have been in contact with Dr. James Parla of the Hamilton Township Public School District to ensure the safety of students and their drinking water. The Hamilton Township Public School District is considering conducting mandatory water testing as soon as practical, rather than during the summer months, when the district would normally perform the tests.