Details for Drinking Water Violations

PUBLIC NOTICE THAT DRINKING WATER VIOLATIONS HAVE OCCURRED The Department of Environment and Natural Resources has been delegated by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency the responsibility to administer and enforce the provisions of the Federal Safe Drinking Water Act in South Dakota. The purpose of the Federal Safe Drinking Water Act is to ensure that safe drinking water is available to all users of public water supply systems in the United States. The Federal Safe Drinking Water Act requires that all customers of a public water supply system have the right to know what problems are being faced by the water systems they use. Therefore, a system must notify its customers when drinking water quality standards are not met or when testing is not performed. Many public water systems provide this notice when problems have been identified. Other systems do not provide this notice, even after being requested to do so. The customers of these systems may be unaware of the problems faced by their water systems. The Public Notification Rule was revised in May, 2002. Particular violations now require public notification within 12 months of the violation occurrence. As a result, particular violations that occurred in 2017 are just now reaching the 12 month deadline. During August, 2018, those public water supply systems identified below failed to provide to the Department a copy of the required public notice concerning their violations of the Federal Drinking Water Act. In order to ensure that the public is aware of these problems, the Safe Drinking Water Act allows the Department to publish informational public notices when individual systems fail to do so. That is the purpose of this notice. NO PUBLIC NOTICE ISSUED FOR FINDING POSITIVE E. COLI BACTERIA IN GWR TRIGGERED SAMPLE E. coli are bacteria whose presence indicates that the water may be contaminated with human or animal wastes. Human pathogens in these wastes can cause short-term health effects, such as diarrhea, cramps, nausea, headaches, or other symptoms. They may pose a special health risk for infants, young children, the elderly, and people with severely compromised immune systems. The following water system failed to issue the required public notice for a positive E. coli groundwater triggered sample during July of 2018: Country Store at the Forks-Hill City NO PUBLIC NOTICE ISSUED FOR EXCEEDING THE NITRATE STANDARD Infants below the age of six months who drink water, as well as juice or formula prepared with the with water, that contains nitrate in excess of the maximum contaminant level could become seriously ill and, if untreated, may die. Symptoms include shortness of breath and blue-baby syndrome. The following system exceeded the nitrate maximum contaminant level in 2017: Crooked Creek Campground-North Well-Hill City The Department of Environment and Natural Resources recommends that users and customers of the drinking water systems identified above contact the owners and operators of these water systems to ask what corrective actions are being taken. Additional information is available from Barb Friedeman, Drinking Water Program-DENR, 523 East Capitol Avenue, Pierre, SD 57501-3181 (Phone: 773-4052) Steven M. Pirner Secretary (Published at the approximate cost of $205.80)

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