Town water quality in good standing

The town of Woodstock has reported in its water quality assessment that its drinking water is in good standing with the Environmental Protection Agency’s drinking water standards.

Charles Weaver, chief operator of the town’s water treatment plant, said that he is pleased with the report and where the town’s water quality is.

“We’re going to strive to keep it that way,” Weaver said. “We have really no choice, we’ve got to because of the safety, health and welfare of the community.”

The numbers in the 2014 report were very similar to those in the 2013 report. In certain cases, the town detected lower amounts of potentially harmful contaminants.

For example, the town saw 2.28 parts per million (ppm) of nitrate in 2014, compared to the 2.56 ppm detected in 2013. In both years, the two was far below the maximum amount of 10 ppm that is allowed in a water system.

For other contaminants — such as trihalomethane — were detected at increased levels in 2014, but were also well below the EPA standard of 80 parts per billion (ppb).

In 2013, the town detected an average of 47.8 parts per billion of trihalomethane, which is 10.4 percent lower than the 53.4 ppb detected in 2014.

Despite the fluctuations, Weaver indicated that the town is doing well in regards to its drinking water, and will continue to monitor it.

The town has also been working toward upgrading its wastewater treatment plant, one of its capital improvements projects moving forward.

Although the improvements are still in the planning stages — with the town seeking design proposals from engineering firms — Weaver discussed one of the possible upgrades the town is considering.

Weaver noted that the town is looking to add the use of ultraviolet light treatment to follow its standard chlorine treatment practices.

“Before [the water] goes out into the system, we’ll hit it with ultraviolet light,” Weaver noted. “That will kill about everything.”

Weaver added that chlorine treatment brings the water down to a safe level. By implementing UV lighting, the hope is that it would wipe out additional harmful contaminants.

“By using ultraviolet, we would probably can cut down the chlorine going out,” he said, “We can’t stop chlorine, because it’s required to keep the mains safe.”

With the upgrades, Weaver said the town wants to make its treatment plant more efficient. At the same time, Weaver noted that the upgrades are in a very “primitive state.”

Contact staff writer Kevin Green at 540-465-5137 ext. 155, or kgreen@nvdaily.com