Macon Water Authority goes green with annual report

lfabian@macon.comJuly 3, 2013 

The Macon Water Authority had no major water quality violations in 2012, but you won’t be getting the news in your mailbox this year.

For the first time, the annual Consumer Confidence Report detailing water quality concerns will be published almost exclusively online.

A change in an Environmental Protection Agency regulation allows the water authority to switch to electronic delivery instead of directly mailing the report with customers’ bills.

Printed copies will be available only by special request.

Notice of the change should have been included in the customer newsletter during the last billing cycle, the authority said in a release.

The report documents the range of disinfectants, metals, inorganic chemicals, microbiological and organic materials present during testing of Macon’s drinking water.

“We don’t get that much attention paid to it, but it’s something the EPA requires all water systems to do,” said Gary McCoy, director of water operations for the authority. “It was a very successful year. Not much to report.”

In the 2012 analysis, no violations were indicated in the levels of chlorine, chlorine dioxide, fluoride, nitrate, copper or lead.

Likewise, there were no alarms for excessive amounts of haloacetic acid and trihalomethanes, which are used in the water treatment process, or of the disinfection byproduct chlorite.

The level of coliform bacteria was also within acceptable levels, as was the amount of soil runoff that could cloud the water.

Early in 2013, the authority did violate testing requirements for failing to monitor for chlorine dioxide and chlorite on Jan. 8, but it resumed testing the following day.

The authority is not required to disclose that information until the 2013 report, which is not due until July 1, 2014, but the authority’s leadership did not want the public to wait 18 months.

“The intent of the MWA is to be open and transparent about all scientific lab data reflecting the drinking water quality consumed by its customers,” the authority’s website said.

To contact writer Liz Fabian, call 744-4303.

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