Montgomery County said its drinking water is safe on Thursday, July 5, 2018. The county's water had been cited for violations by the Ohio EPA.
According to the U.S. EPA, pH levels can affect the way water tastes and smells. Levels that are too low can cause a bitter, metallic taste and potential corrosion. Levels that are too high can cause a soda-like taste and deposits in the water.
The Ohio EPA says the county did not correctly test for pH in dozens of cases from 2016 to 2017, and cannot be sure of the quality of the drinking water during that time. The EPA required the county to send out notices in order to fix the problem, which Wooten says cost more than $30,000. The county must also submit that notice and verification form, monitor water quality according to an EPA table, and maintain optimal water quality control parameters.
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Wooten says the county will be testing the pH more frequently now and did not intentionally try to break any rules.
"None of our staff was aware of this level or the testing parameters and how they were doing it and I think this is probably a more widespread issue than the EPA has perhaps understood or realized."
Failure to comply with the requirements could lead the EPA to fine the county $25,000 per violation per day.