Utility Bill Insert Regarding June 2023 Testing



IMPORTANT INFORMATION ABOUT YOUR DRINKING WATER REVISED TOTAL COLIFORM RULE                                                                               MARTINSVILLE WATER UTILITY

Our water system recently violated a drinking water standard.  Although this is not an emergency, as our customers, you have a right to know what happened, what you should do, and what we are doing to correct this situation.

We are required to monitor your drinking water for specific contaminants on a regular basis.  Results of regular monitoring are an indicator of whether or not our drinking water standards meet EPA’s health standards.  During June 2023, by rule, we did not complete all monitoring or testing for Total Coliform.

What should I do? There is nothing you need to do at this time.  You do not need to boil your water or take other corrective actions.  You may continue to drink the water as normal.

What does this mean?  This is not an immediate risk.  If it had been, you would have been notified immediately.  

What happened?  What is being done?  4 of our routine bacteria samples, drawn on 6/14/2023, were not tested by the Indiana State Department of Health Laboratory due to the samples having expired from delayed shipping.  And even though the Martinsville Water Utility received confirmation that these samples had been received by the state lab, we received NO NOTICE that the samples had expired and that we would therefore need to redraw those 4 samples.  The state lab confirmed that they mistakenly never notified us of the expired samples.   Consequently, we did not become aware that our official sample count for the month of June was 4 samples short until it was too late to submit new samples drawn in June.  All that considered, it should be noted that we are required to draw 15 bacteria samples a month as part of our routine compliance sampling.  In addition to this in June 2023, we drew bacteria samples for other testing purposes outside of our regular compliance sampling.  All bacterial samples drawn and tested in June 2023 passed.  The total number of drawn bacteria samples in June 2023 exceeds the 15 required by IDEM.   Unfortunately, IDEM will not count our extra bacterial test results from June 2023 as part of our official count for routine compliance sampling for that month.  To resolve the issue for the future, the Martinsville Water Utility will hand deliver all bacteria samples to the state lab in Indianapolis from now on in order to avoid any potential shipping delays.  For more information, please contact our water utility office at 765-342-2449.  You can ask for Karl Broyer or Jake Millis, our licensed water treatment operators, and they can answer any questions you may have. 

*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: IN5255009  Martinsville Water Utility

Date Distributed: September 2023 Billing Cycle

Certification of Public Notice


For Violation: RTCR Monitoring & Reporting (3A 7 4B) Occurring in: June 2023

The public water system indicated above hereby affirms that the public notice has been provided to consumers in accordance with the delivery, content, and format requirements and deadline in 327 IAC 8-2.1-7