IMPORTANT INFORMATION ABOUT YOUR
Tests Showed Coliform Bacteria in Morton’s Water
Our water system recently violated a drinking water standard. Although this incident was not an emergency, as our customers, you have a right to know what happened and what we did to correct this situation.
We routinely monitor for drinking water contaminants. We took 15 samples to test for the presence of coliform bacteria during September. Three (3) of our samples (5%) showed the presence of total coliform bacteria. The standard is that no more than one (1) sample per month (5%) can contain this indicator bacteria.
What should I do?
• You do not need to boil your water or take other corrective actions. However, if you have specific health concerns, consult your doctor.
• People with severely compromised immune systems, infants, and some elderly may be at increased risk. These people should seek advice about drinking water from their health care providers. General guidelines on ways to lessen the risk of infection by microbes are available from USEPA’s Safe Drinking Water Hotline at 1 (800) 426-4791.
What does this mean?
This is not an emergency. If it had been, you would have been notified immediately. Coliform bacteria are generally not harmful themselves. Coliforms are bacteria, which are naturally present in the environment and are used as an indicator that other, potentially harmful, bacteria may be present. Coliforms were found in more samples than allowed and this was a warning of potential problems.
Usually, coliforms are a sign that there could be a problem with the system’s treatment or distribution system (pipes). Whenever we detect coliform bacteria in any sample, we do follow-up testing to see if other bacteria of greater concern, such as fecal coliform or E-coli, are present. We did not find any of these bacteria in our subsequent testing, and further testing shows that this problem has been resolved.
What happened? What was done?
We found nothing wrong with our water. This problem could have been caused by bad sample bottles, human error in sampling, or an error in testing at the commercial laboratory. Two (2) subsequent samples were taken from those and two (2) other nearby sites. All four (4) of those samples tested OK.
For more information, please contact Bob Burton or Mark Graf at (309) 266-5361, ext. 283 or 285, Village of Morton 120 N. Main St., Morton, IL 61550.
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 Morton. Water System ID# IL1790500. Date distributed: 11/04/15.