After receiving notification from the city of Yankton that our water is undrinkable and is to be boiled before consumption, I have been purchasing water pitchers, water filters, bottled water and jugs of water to use for even my coffee pot. And most recently I am installing a water filtration system under my sink that has cost my household in the hundreds.
I grew up drinking water from the hose connected to the outside spicket. I am a person for whom buying bottled water seems ridiculous and, quite frankly, I am a little upset that our water bills keep rising but our water is continuously not able to be used as is.
Is the City of Yankton going to be reimbursing its citizens for the extra money spent on all these items? Can we expect that our water will someday be drinkable again?
This is a response from the City of Yankton:
The City of Yankton Water Department currently has a Maximum Contaminant Level (MCL) violation for Total Trihalomethanes, which occur as a by-product of drinking water disinfection. The public does not need to use an alternate water supply or boil water. The water is safe to drink and there is no immediate risk to public health. The current violation requires a public mailer notice because it has the potential to have adverse effects on human health with long term exposure. A full copy of the Public Notice can be obtained at the City of Yankton webpage: http://www.cityofyankton.org/departments-services/water/drinking-water-report
The MCL violation is a result of conditions related to high river flows (our source water) and the water plant construction. Currently, our water system team is taking action to correct this problem, primarily by constructing a new membrane water purification facility in the new water plant. When it becomes operational, the plant will also draw and treat water sourced from the City’s new well rather than the river. This, too, will help.
On occasion, the City of Yankton water department will encourage boiling water related to water main construction and repairs because the treated water lines are temporarily exposed and reconnected. These are limited to isolated areas for a short period of time, usually not to exceed 48 hours, and only as a precaution. Those residents who are affected will receive a notice that is placed on the door. The City will also provide notice of a temporary termination of water supply to affected residents.
Residents may voluntarily choose to install a private water filtration system or purchase bottled water. This is not required by the current MCL violation and will be at the expense of the owner.
The City strictly adheres to the notice regulations of the South Dakota Department of Environment and Natural Resources and the United Stated Environmental Protection Agency. If testing revealed a water condition or violation that was dangerous to the public, immediate notice would be provided to the public, along with any safety recommendations.
For additional information, please contact: Sage Chytka, Water Plant Superintendent, or Kyle Goodmanson, Director of Environmental Services, Water Plant #2, PO Box 176, Yankton SD 57078 (605) 668-5272