Drinking water a risk for pregnant women, infants in Maynard

Release time:2016-05-09

The town of Maynard issued a press release Friday stating the results of water from Dec. 16, 2015 showed the system exceeded the standards for total trihalomenthanes (TTHMs) at one location.

The standard for TTHMs is 80 parts per billion. The location that exceeded the standard was 89 parts per billion.

The press release states TTHMs are a byproduct of chlorine disinfection which forms when chlorine combines with natural organic matter found in water supplies. Drinking water with excess TTHM could cause liver, kidney or central nervous system problems and may increase risk of getting cancer, according to the statement.

“This not an immediate risk,” read the press release. “If it had been, you would have notified right away.” The town said that women who are pregnant, infants and women of childbearing age may be at risk and should consult their healthcare provider if they have any concerns.

“Our water system is working with MassDEP on determining the cause of the elevated levels, with the intention of correcting the issue,” read the statement. 
The town says they will begin flushing water lines to reduce the presence of the organic compounds in treated drinking water. 

On Monday, they will meet with officials at the DEP to develop a long term plan to address the source of the issue. The town says plans may include additional filtering, treatment changes, or the use of water from different sources within the town. 

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