Water customers in the City of Ballinger should have received their Consumer Confidence Report in the mail this week.

Water customers in the City of Ballinger should have received their Consumer Confidence Report in the mail this week.

The report gives an annual snapshot of the water quality in the city, from samples taken at points designated and selected by the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality.

City Manager Bryan Grimes said the city is required by law to send out the report each year.

‘”Every water system in the state of Texas has to send out a CCR and it must be in customer’s hands by July 31,” Grimes said.

The water quality report is from Jan. 1 through Dec. 31, 2016.

“It is basically a report card on the water system,” Grimes said.

Randy Everett, water plant superintendent, explained that this report shows that the organic contaminants were introduced into the water supply near the duck pond by the airport, due to a pipeline that has water that remains dormant in the pipe until it is flushed

“When the lakes came up organic matter got in the system,” he explained.

When the TCEQ selected the two sites for system sampling, they selected one by the airport because it was at the “furthest reaches of the distribution system,” Everett said.

Both Everett and Grimes assured that the water quality in Ballinger is good, and that testing is done daily for contaminants. The city water system is tested four times a year, and to get a perfect score, the city must have four good quarters of testing.

The water in Ballinger comes from Lake Ballinger and Lake O.H. Ivie. In this report, TTHM’s were found to be present in the water. TTHM” is “total trihalomethanes,” a group of chemical compounds first identified in drinking water in the 1970’s that form during drinking water treatment. The compounds are produced when organic matter in natural water reacts chemically with chlorine disinfectants, and are just one type of a larger family of chemicals known as Disinfection Byproducts.

Ballinger’s water has consistently tested well and the city passed in 2013, 2014 and 2015.

“There was a bad sample in the last quarter of 2016 and one in the first quarter of 2017,” Everett explained.

Everett said the samples have tested fine since this report was compiled, from a sample taken in December of 2016.

The Ballinger water plant, built in 2005, is one of the city’s newest infrastructure items and processes and treats two million gallons of water per day. A reverse osmosis system was added four years ago.

As the report states, drinking water, including bottled water may contain at least small amounts of contaminants, but that does not mean there is a health risk.

More information on contaminants and potential health risks can be obtained by calling the EPA’s Safe Drinking Water Hotline at 800-426-4791.