City drinking water ‘safe,’ annual report concludes

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City chemist Rick Boyers collects samples to be sent to a state laboratory for testing. Photo by Jim Lincoln.

While clean drinking water is often taken for granted by most Americans, a lot of work can go into maintaining required standards. Tecumseh’s Public Utilities Department released its annual drinking water quality report on Monday, June 17, entitled, “Consumer’s Confidence Report 2012: Water Quality From Your Tap,” which details the testing process and how the department reaches its goal of providing a safe and dependable supply of drinking water to the community.

According to the report, signed by Todd Amstutz, Supt. of Utilities, the city routinely monitors for contaminants in drinking water according to Federal and State laws.

“Water samples are sent to the state laboratory on a regular basis,” said Rick Boyers, the city’s chemist, who said the report showed nothing out of the ordinary. “Everything is pretty much the way it should be,” Boyers said.

The public may read a copy of the report by visiting and clicking on the Utilities Department link, or pick up paper copies at the Public Utilities Department, 710 E. Chicago Blvd., between 7 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, or at City Hall, 309 E. Chicago Blvd., between 7 a.m. and 6 p.m. Monday through Thursday.

The city owns seven wells ranging from 80 to 260 feet below the surface, and introduces chlorine for disinfection, fluoride that promotes strong teeth and polyphosphate in an effort to make the water less corrosive for plumbing fixtures.

The report notes that, “We are pleased to report that our drinking water for the City of Tecumseh is safe and meets federal and state requirements.”

City water is tested for contaminants such as: microbial contaminants, inorganic contaminants, pesticides and herbicides, organic chemical contaminants, and radioactive contaminants. The report notes that drinking water, including bottled water, may reasonably be expected to contain at least small amounts of some contaminants, and the presence does not necessarily indicate that water poses a health risk.

The Environmental Protection Agency prescribes regulations which limit the amount of certain contaminants in water provided by public water systems. Levels of what is allowed are set at very stringent levels, the report said.

“We at the City of Tecumseh water department work around the clock to provide top quality water to every tap,” wrote Amstutz. “We ask that all our customers help us protect our water sources, which are the heart of our community, our way of life and our children’s future.”

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