Lead/Copper Monitoring Requirements Not Met for City of Bonifay Public Water System

 The City of Bonifay recently became aware that we improperly sampled residential sites for lead and copper in August 2017. Although there is no immediate threat or reason for concern, as our customers, you have a right to know what happened and what we are doing to correct this situation .

 As a community water system, we are required to monitor (or test) your drinking water for the presence of lead and copper. During the June through September 2017 monitoring period, we were required to collect lead and copper tap samples from 20 single family residences. The number of samples required is based on the population we serve.

 Tap samples for lead and copper are required to be collected only from interior bathroom or kitchen cold water taps.Sme of the samples in August 2017 were collected from exterior spigots/hose bibs. Exterior fixtures are not considered valid sampling points for lead and copper. The exterior fixtures themselves may contain elevated levels of lead and may skew results, and therefore are not an accurate representation of the water used for drinking and do not meet sampling requirements.

In November 2017, the City of Bonifay public water system notified customers that they had found elevated levels of lead in drinking water in some homes/buildings. That notification was based on the results of the August 2017 sampling event. Since samples were improperly collected, those results are not valid.

What Should I Do?

 There is nothing you need to do at this time:

  • You do not need to boil your water or take other precautionary actions.
  • You do not need to use an alternate (e.g., bottled) water supply.

What Does This Mean?

The City of Bonifay water system has incurred a monitoring violation because 20 valid lead and copper samples were not collected in the June through September 2017 monitoring period.

What Will Be Done?

 The city must now sample at least 40 sites (increased from 20) between January 1 and June 30, 2018, and again between 
July 1 and December 31. All sites sampled must be from a monitoring  plan pre-approved by the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (DEP). Samples must be collected from interior bathroom or kitchen cold water taps and in accordance with required sampling protocols. Properly conducted, the sampling and results will determine if the city water system has elevated lead levels. Customers will be notified of results in a separate mailing.

 For more information, please contact: Sara Ward
at (phone) (850) 547-2701         or (email)

Please share this information with all the other people who drink this water, especially those who may not have received this notice directly. You can  do this by posting this Notice in a public place or by  distributing copies by hand or mail.

Notice provided by: City of Bonifay Florida PWS ID No. 1300083

 Date distributed: 03/02/2018

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