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Posted on: December 15, 2021




R.C. Willis WTP (City of Palatka) Disinfection Byproducts Monitoring Public Notice


What happened?

Our water system did not meet the requirements of a drinking water standard. Although this is not an emergency, as our customers, you have a right to know what happened, what you should do, and what we are doing to correct this situation. 


We routinely monitor for the presence of drinking water contaminants. Testing results we received from samples taken September 9th, 2021, when averaged with quarterly results from the past year, show that our system exceeds the standards, or maximum contaminant levels (MCL), for S2 DBPs, which includes Total Trihalomethanes (TTHMs) and Haloacetic Acids [Five] (HAA5s). The standard for TTHMs is 80 micrograms per liter (µg/L) and the standard for HAA5s is 60 µg/L.  


Sample Location

Haloacetic Acids [Five] (HAA5s)

Total Trihalomethanes (TTHMs)

SM-1 Boat Ramp

21.18  µg/L

69.73  µg/L

SM-3 Bronson & 7th Street

15.30  µg/L

109.83  µg/L

SM-4 Crestwood & Cedar

21.63  µg/L

90.58  µg/L

SM-5 River & 12th Street

21.40  µg/L

92.60  µg/L

* LRAA exceeded MCL


What should I do?

Some people who drink water containing TTHMs in excess of the MCL over many years may experience problems with their liver, kidneys, or central nervous system, and may have an increased risk of getting cancer.


Some people who drink water containing HAA5s in excess of the MCL over many years may have an increased risk of getting cancer.


Any customers who are concerned about their exposure to DBPs may choose alternative sources of water for ingestion.


What does this mean?

This is not an immediate risk. If it had been, you would have been notified immediately.


What is being done?

This is what we are doing to lower our DBPs levels:  The chlorine injection system at the Water Treatment Plant has been adjusted in conjunction with the Public demand flow.   We have set up flushing points to improve circulation of water in areas that may have lower volume flows.  The water system will continue to be monitored and adjusted to reduce the formation of trihalomethanes.  

We will continue to monitor and report to you by public notice on our results of sampling for Total Trihal-omethanes as long as the running annual average exceeds 80 micrograms per liter (µg/L) at one of our sampling sites


We anticipate resolving the problem within this time frame: 2022


For more information, please contact Kayla Wylie, at (386)329-0144 


Please share this information with all the other people who drink this water, especially those who may not have received this notice directly (for example, people in apartments, nursing homes, schools, and businesses). You can do this by posting this notice in a public place or distributing copies by hand or mail.


This notice is being sent to you by R.C. Willis WTP

State Public Water System ID#: 2544260

Date distributed: December 15, 2021

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