Information About Your Drinking Water
Important Information About Your Drinking Water
Monitoring Requirements Not Met for City of Palm Bay
Dear Palm Bay Utilities Customer,
The City of Palm Bay Utilities Department’s potable water system recently violated a drinking water monitoring requirement. Although this was not an emergency, you have a right to know what happened, what we have done to correct this situation, and what you, our customers, should do.
Palm Bay Utilities Department’s potable water system has corrosion control treatment measures in place to help prevent the release of lead and copper into the water from the customer’s pipes and plumbing components. The corrosion control treatment measures consist of adding a corrosion inhibitor and making alkalinity and/or pH adjustments. The Utilities Department routinely monitors the water for water quality parameters (WQPs) such as pH, alkalinity, and orthophosphate. This demonstrates the effectiveness of the corrosion control treatment measures. It is considered a Treatment Technique Violation of the federal Lead and Copper Rule if a water system operates with WQPs outside of the recommended optimal range for more than nine (9) days.
On March 7th, 2018, the potable water system’s alkalinity was found to be outside the recommended optimal range, which indicated that the corrosion control treatment measures required adjustment. In response, Utilities Department staff adjusted the corrosion control treatment measures on March 7th, 2018, to maintain proper pH levels; however, the alkalinity did not return to the optimal range until March 20th, 2018, primarily due to equipment failures.
What is being done?
Due to the Treatment Technique Violation, Palm Bay Utilities Department will carry out bi-annual Lead and Copper Testing in 2019 in accordance with Florida Department of Environmental Protection (FDEP) standards.
If you would like to participate in this testing, please register by clicking on this link:
What should I do?
The Utilities Department corrected the issues; therefore, there is nothing for the customers to do at this time.
What does this mean?
This is not an emergency. If it had been, Palm Bay Utilities Department customers would have been notified within 24 hours. During the brief period that the WQPs were out of compliance, it is possible that lead and/or copper may have leached into the water from plumbing components within your home. We do not know the amount, if any, of lead and/or copper that may have leached into the water from your plumbing as we only pull testing samples from the municipal water distribution system and not from privately owned water lines. It is important to know that current testing shows that the water quality parameters are currently in optimal range and do not indicate an issue within Palm Bay’s potable water system.
Infants and children who drink water containing more than the federal lead action level could experience delays in physical or mental development. Children could show slight deficits in attention span and learning abilities. Adults who drink this water over many years could develop kidney problems or high blood pressure.
Copper is an essential nutrient, but some people who drink water containing copper in excess of the federal copper action level over a relatively short amount of time could experience gastrointestinal distress. Some people who drink water containing copper exceeding the federal copper action level over many years could suffer liver or kidney damage. People with Wilson’s Disease should consult their medical doctor.
For additional information:
If you have immediate questions or concerns, please contact the Palm Bay Utilities Water Plant Superintendent at 321-952-3410, Extension 7078.
This notice is being posted by The City of Palm Bay, PWS ID#: 3050442. Date Posted: March 28, 2019 /s/ Christopher A. Little, P.E., Utilities Director for the City of Palm Bay.