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Posted on: June 3, 2016

[ARCHIVED] Township extends water tests to private homes

The federal EPA recently revised its test guidelines for public water systems to focus on the possible presence of pathogenic organisms originating in feces, specifically E.coli. The new test protocol, which Cranberry is planning to adopt, encourages water suppliers to extend its test sites to include the homes of residential customers. At its June 2 meeting, Cranberry’s Board of Supervisors authorized Township staff to develop an incentive program to encourage their participation in the testing. The new procedure involves monitoring directly for E.coli rather than for all types of coliform bacteria. In addition to expanding the number and distribution of test sites, the EPA mandates weighting the test site pattern for population and water use, and increasing attention to the water system’s most distant reach. During the past 27 years, no positive findings for coliform bacteria in Cranberry’s water have ever been found. The Township’s plan to meet the new requirements will cost an estimated $45,000 a year in addition to the value of any incentives offered to residents for participating in the testing program. For more information, contact Mike Sedon, Treatment Plant Manager, Public Works

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