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Shorewood receives EPA water testing violation

Brock A. Stein | 2/16/2017, 6 a.m.
During an EPA audit of its water treatment operation, the Village of Shorewood was found in violation for failure to ...

During an EPA audit of its water treatment operation, the Village of Shorewood was found in violation for failure to test two samples.

The two samples fell within the testing period between January 1, 2014 and December 31, 2016 according to a notice posted to the village’s website.

“We did monitor for the required samples in the compliance period (1/1/2014-12/31/2016) but two of the samples did not get tested due to laboratory errors” it reads.

Trustee Dan Anderson who chairs the village’s public works committee said that there is “no threat to the public” on Tuesday night and noted that it was the first violation that he could recall the village receiving.

Public works director Chris Drey said that the violation was the result of an error committed by the lab that conducts contaminant testing for the village and that “the water is safe to drink.”

Drey said that the village did not receive a fine for the violation which was considered “minor” and would need to conduct another round of sample testing to bring the water operation back in to compliance.

Had it been a major violation, he said, the village would have been required to provide more immediate public notice, a director mailer to residents’ homes and would have had to issue a boil alert.

“We had a problem with the way that they use the computer system that helps us maintain compliance,” said Drey.

“At the end of the year the EPA did their audit of us and found that we were missing a sample.”

Drey said that the lab would conduct an internal audit of their procedures and provide a report and that the village would also “do a better job of monitoring samples” themselves.

He said the village “relied heavily on the lab system but that didn’t work this time.”

Notice of the violation will go out with the next round of water bills said Drey and information about the violation has been posted to the village’s home page.