Pike County, Pennsylvania
Water Advisory Posted for the Dingman Township Park
Under Pennsylvania law, the well serving the snack bar in the Dingman Township Recreational Park is considered a public water supply. Recent routine testing of the water found small amounts of coliform bacteria in the water. Subsequent retesting confirmed the bacteria.
NO HARMFUL BACTERIA WERE DETECTED.
State law requires that a notice be posted on the site and made available to the public. A copy of the notice may be found below.
Please be advised that this notice only applies to the snack bar building in the Dingman Township Recreational Park and not to any other business or residence in the township.
The Township is taking action to correct the situation and expects to have the problem resolved very soon. Even so, the notice will have to remain posted until the second week of August.
[notice posted at the snack bar on 7/17/13]
IMPORTANT INFORMATION ABOUT YOUR DRINKING WATER
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Tests Showed Coliform Bacteria in Dingman Township Recreational Park 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 six samples to test for the presence of coliform bacteria during July. All six of our samples showed the presence of total coliform bacteria. The standard is that no more than one may do so.
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 EPA'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.
What happened? What was done?
Routine testing found total coliform bacteria in the water of the Dingman Township Recreational Park’s kitchen.
Subsequent testing further confirmed the presence of total coliform bacteria in the water system.
The water well and distribution piping will be flushed and disinfected by shock chlorination.
After an appropriate amount of time passes, the water system will be tested.
In the interim, this notice will be posted inside and outside the building and the individual faucets will be posted to advise against drinking the water.
For more information, please contact Chris Wood at 570-296-9260 or by visiting the Dingman Township Municipal Building, 118 Fisher Lane, Milford, PA.
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 Dingman Township. PWS ID#: 2521079 Date distributed: 7/17/13