Contaminant levels in Carney drinking water fall to normal levels

Drinking WaterContaminant levels in Carney-area drinking water have returned to normal, according to the Baltimore City Department of Public Works, which oversees the water supply in parts of Baltimore County.

Samples from July 2014 to June 2015 showed the drinking water at the Carney testing site had 61 parts per billion of haloacetic acid (HAA). The legal limit is 60 parts per billion.

Last week, NottinghamMD.com reached out to Baltimore City officials for an update.

Jeffrey Raymond, Chief of Communications and Community Affairs for Baltimore City DPW, said that the current quarterly numbers for haloacetic acid in Carney is now 45 parts per billion, which is well under the limit of 60 parts per billion.

Raymond added that DPW initiated a flushing program in the area to keep the water flowing and from aging, which attributes to increased HAAs.

Haloacetic acid is a compound that occurs when disinfectants like chlorine react with organic and inorganic matter. Over many years, consumption can increase the risk of cancer, the Environmental Protection Agency states.

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