New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - December 18, 2005, New Braunfels, Texas
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Mayor: Sink filters not enough
and I’m still not happy with the communication," Stevick said. “Theres still a lot of questions. We’re making calls and not getting answers. A lot more can be done."
Stevick said that after learning the water was contaminated with TIT IM, she found research that indicated the contaminant is absorbed directly through the skin. News that BexarMet was planning to put filters on sinks did not address many of Stevick’s concerns.
“If you put this filter on the sink, if it works, you’re still bathing in it, and you’re still doing your dishes in it," she said. “We’re asking specific questions, and we want specific answers. We’re just not getting answers.”
Heath I lodges, a sales manager for Aquasana, which makes a variety of water filters, said the filters could help hut only if BexarMet gives out the proper ones.
He explained that filters come in many shapes and varieties and only certain filters will remove TTI IM from the water.
“You’ve got to look at what kind of filter it is,” I lodges said. “If its a small Brita-type filter, it will probably need to be changed every two to three weeks. There are filters that can filter out trihalomethane, but it would need to be a two-stage filter. The first stage would filter out chlorine only, and the second would filter out TTHM.”
Hodges explained that TTHM is not a result of a contaminant in the water hut as a
“You’ve got to look at what kind of filter it is. If it’s a small Brita-type filter, it will probably need to be changed every two to three weeks. There are filters that can filter out trihalomethane, but it would need to be a two-stage filter.”
— Heath Hodges
Sales Manager, Aquasana
result of the chlorination process used to clean water that contains organic matter. While BexarMet supplies the water to Bulverde residents, the water comes from Canyon Hike and is treated by Canyon Lake Water Supply Corp. before being sold to BexarMet.
CLWSC spokesman Robert Case has said that a high level of debris in the lake caused trihidomethane levels to spike during the second quarter in 2004. CLWSC began to notify its customers during the third quarter, sending out three letters, Case said.
BexarMet received copies of the three letters, but did not notify residents until they had finished 12 months of their own testing. By law, BexarMet is not required to notify residents until the 12-month period is over.
The maximum legal level of trihalomethane is 80 parts per billion. When CLWSC first notified customers of the problem in 2004, officials recorded levels of 136.4 parts per billion, Case said. The levels have steadily decline and were 72.6 parts per billion after the most recent test, he said.
Calls to representatives for BexarMet were not returned.
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