Update on the status of Morton’s drinking water – 1/28/15
Our recent tests show that our drinking water remains safe as it always has been. We continue, however, to have sporadic positive tests for coliform bacteria. Coliform bacteria are commonly found everywhere, but are benign. They only serve as a warning that conditions could exist for harmful bacteria. The laws governing drinking water are very strict, so even the presence of the harmless indicator bacteria can require a boil order. We realize boil orders are an inconvenience, but they are required under law. We want to stress again that no pathogenic bacteria have been detected in our water.
We have been trying different methods to disinfect the problem areas of the distribution system. This includes higher chlorine, an aggressive flushing program, and the addition of a biofilm dispersant. We believe the biofilm has built up over time in the pipes and is harboring bacterial growth.
Depending on what area of town you live in, you may notice the smell of chlorine more than usual. This is a good thing because it means that the water is free of any bacteria. In time, after the situation is remedied, we hope to lower the chlorine so its taste and odor will diminish.
The issue we are experiencing with our water is not exclusive to Morton. Many other systems, large and small, have contended with similar problems. We take the quality of our drinking water very seriously and are doing everything possible to alleviate any problems or inconvenience for our customers.
If there are any questions, please contact the Director of Public Works, Craig Loudermilk, or the Supt. of the Water Treatment Dept., Bob Burton, or the Chief Water Treatment Technician, Mark Graf, at (309) 266-5361.