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City of Victoria: water is cloudy but meets all other TCEQ standards

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Notice of Acute Surface Water Turbidity Violation

The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) sets minimum water quality standards for public drinking water. One of these standards is a turbidity limit. Turbidity by itself has no health effects. However, turbidity can interfere with disinfection and provide a medium for microbial growth. Turbidity may also indicate the presence of disease-causing organisms. These organisms include bacteria, viruses, and parasites that can cause symptoms such as nausea, cramps, diarrhea, and associated headaches. These symptoms can be particularly severe in people who are not as resistant to infections as most of the population. If you experience severe symptoms, please consult with your doctor to determine what actions you should take.

The City of Victoria failed to meet the minimum treatment technique requirements on September 7, 2017. Specifically, the turbidity level of our treated water was above 1.0 Nephelometric Turbidity Unit.

It is important to note that the City of Victoria immediately identified and corrected this violation and established a turbidity of less than 1.0 NTU as of 6:00 pm on September 7, 2017. It is also important to note that the City of Victoria is meeting all other TCEQ water quality standards at this time including, but not limited to, pressure in the distribution system greater than 20 psi, chlorine residual great than .5 mg/l in the distribution system and all bacteriological samples have met or exceeded TCEQ requirements.

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