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Matawan Public Notice: Trihalomethane Levels in Drinking Water Brought Under Control

Water distribution samples now contain below the maximum contaminent level of trihalomethanes.

Matawan's drinking water no longer contains inappropriately high levels of trihalomethanes, according to a public notice mailed to borough homeowners this week. 

Trihalomethanes are, "four volatile organic chemicals that form when a chlorine disinfectant reacts with natural organic matter in the water," the notice explains. 

Matawan residents have been receiving quarterly notices since the water system first tested too high for trihalomethanes in 2011, which violates drinking water standards. 

The water distribution samples collected and analyzed between the second quarter of 2012 and the first quarter of 2013 were below the maximum contaminant level (MCL) for the organic chemicals, according to the notice. 

The problem was addressed by the borough as well as by New Jersey American Water. The borough undertook an $800,000 storage tank rehabilitation project while NJAW installed a new disinfection process converting from chlorine to chloramines, according to the notice.

Danielle Rios May 09, 2013 at 11:03 AM
We received quarterly notices??? This is the first I'm hearing of this..
Ashley Rowe May 09, 2013 at 02:03 PM
I was thinking the same thing Danielle said. I drink water all day long (through a Brita filter.) Can you please keep us up to date on Matawan's water as I was not aware of this. Thank you.
Danielle Rios May 09, 2013 at 03:26 PM
I live in an apartment complex and have never received any notifications via mail or from the management in the complex. Were we supposed to receive something in the mail or does the management office receive notification and they are supposed to notify their tenants?
Chelsea Naso (Editor) May 09, 2013 at 04:31 PM
The notice (which was shared with me by a homeowner) states that residents of apartments (like me), nursing homes, businesses and schools may not receive notification and asks homeowners to help spread the word. The trihalomethanes are not considered an emergency - meaning it is not necessary to boil water or avoid tap water. In an emergency, the borough (or any municipality for that matter) would need to more aggressively notify all residents. Here is some more information on trihalomethanes from Public Works Director John Applegate from one of the first times we reported on this issue: http://patch.com/A-pfkf
Danielle Rios May 09, 2013 at 04:39 PM
That's obviously not an effective way to spread information. I understand its not an emergency however, as residents, we are entitled to the same information a homeowner is entitled to. This could have been handled better. Thank you Chelsea for posting this. If you hadn't, us renters would still be in the dark.
Paul M May 11, 2013 at 12:34 AM
again? this borderline substandard water quality has been known about for years

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