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DeKalb releases annual water quality report

Published: Saturday, March 29, 2014 12:09 a.m. CDT

DeKALB – DeKalb drinking water is safe by state and federal regulations, according to the city of DeKalb’s annual water quality report.

The 2014 Water Quality Report, issued last week, details the source of DeKalb drinking water, what it contains and how it measures up to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s standards. All municipalities with public water supplies are required to issue an annual report.

“We encourage people to look at it and give us a call if they have any questions,” Bryan Faivre, the DeKalb Public Works assistant director for the water division said. “Residents should be pleased with the report, because it shows they have a safe and reliable water supply.”

DeKalb water comes from six deep wells drawing from deep sandstone aquifers as well as three shallow wells that draw water from sand and gravel aquifers. Faivre said more than 13,000 samples were taken last year.

The tests look for more than 100 contaminants, and detected seven last year. All of the contaminants detected were detected below the maximum levels allowed by the federal government.

Those detected were trihalomethanes, haloacetic acids and chlorine, which are disinfectant and disinfectant by-products; nitrate, which could be caused by erosion and natural runoff; and combined radium 226 and 228 and gross alpha emitters, which were likely caused by the erosion of natural deposits.

The water also contained fluoride, which is added to the water supply to promote strong teeth.

Unlike previous years, the city is not required to mail the report. It is available by visiting www.cityofdekalb.com/WQR.pdf. For a hard copy or with any questions, call 815-748-2050.

DeKalb’s 2014 Water Quality Report

Find the report online at www.cityofdekalb.com/WQR.pdf. For a hard copy or with any questions, call 815-748-2050.

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