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Total Trihalomethanes (TTHM) Maximum Contaminant Level (MCL) Violation at City of Pembroke Pines Water Treatment System

Our water system violated a drinking water standard for Trihalomethanes. Although this incident was not an emergency, as our customers, you have a right to know what happened and what we are doing to correct this situation.

What does this mean?

This is not an emergency. If it had been an emergency, you would have been notified within 24 hours.

Trihalomethanes (TTHMs) are four volatile organic chemicals which form when disinfectants react with natural organic matter in the water.

*People who drink water containing Trihalomethanes in excess of the MCL over many years may experience problems with their liver, kidneys, or central nervous system, and may have an increased risk of getting cancer.*

We routinely monitor for the presence of drinking water contaminants. Testing results from January 2017 showed that our water system still exceeds the (MCL) for TTHM of 80 parts per billion (ppb) for one of the six approved sampling site locations representative of the entire water system. The January 2017 averaged sample result at the Rose Price Park was 66.08 parts per billion (ppb); however, when averaged with the previous 3 quarters, exceeded the TTHM MCL with a calculated value of 92.70 ppb.

All other sample locations across the City were within the regulatory limits.

What should I do?

  • There is nothing you need to do. You do not need to boil your water or take other corrective actions. If a situation arises where the water is no longer safe to drink, you will be notified within 24 hours.
  • If you have a severely compromised immune system, have an infant, are pregnant, or are elderly, you may be at increased risk and should seek advice from your health care providers about drinking this water.
What is being done?
The City is evaluating the entire water system and is exploring best engineering practices to remove TTHMs.

For more information, please contact our Customer Service Hotline at 954-518-9090.
*Please share this information with all the other people who drink this water, especially those who may not have received this notice directly (for example, people in apartments, nursing homes, schools, and businesses). You can do this by posting this notice in a public place or distributing copies by hand or mail.*

This notice is being sent to you by City of Pembroke Pines. State Water System ID#: 4061083. Date distributed: 04/28/2017