City’s water is back on track

A minor drinking water violation for the City of Sabetha has been resolved, according to Assistant City Administrator Bill Shroyer.

Shroyer says the city’s results for November were 1.2, which brought the RAA closer to being in compliance. By Wednesday, Jan. 3, the city had received December’s results, and the RAA is back up to compliance like city officials had anticipated, Shroyer said.

Sabetha residents received a letter from the City of Sabetha dated Dec. 26, 2017, outlining important information about their drinking water. While the violation did not create an emergency situation for consumers of the city’s water, state law requires the city to notify residents.

Water systems with surface water treatment plants — like Sabetha’s — are required by federal rule to monitor the water every month for Total Organic Carbon (TOC), which is a disinfection byproduct precursor. Compliance is determined each calendar quarter by a 12-month running annual average (RAA).

The required RAA removal ratio for TOC is at least 1.00 every quarter. At the end of September 2017, samples taken showed Sabetha’s water system’s TOC removal ratio RAA was 0.87. Sabetha has not received a violation since 2005.

Krista Wasinger66 Posts

Krista Wasinger is Co-Editor of The Sabetha Herald, where she has been on staff since 2011. She specializes in city reporting and feature stories, as well as photography and page and advertising design. Krista is a 2004 Fort Hays State University graduate with a degree in communications studies with an emphasis in journalism. She lives in Sabetha with her husband and four children.

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