Contaminants found in Longmeadow drinking water not an emergency, town says


Longmeadow residents are being warned about a recent violation in their drinking water standards. 

The town sent a notice to Longmeadow residents Monday, telling them that a drinking water test done in February, found two contaminants had surpassed the standard contaminant level.

The town said this is not an emergency, and residents do not need to boil their water. 

Longmeadow gets their water from the Springfield Water and Sewer Commission, and the notice says that recent wet weather led to more organic compounds getting into the water. This required more chlorine output, which led to an increase in certain contaminant levels.

Longmeadow is working with the water provider and MassDEP to correct the problem. 

Longmeadow resident Stephanie Zolotor told 22News she’s not worried.

“I think that I trust Longmeadow, that they will do the right thing, and if it means changing something in the water, I’m going to trust and have faith that they will fix it,” Zolotor said.

The elevated contaminants found in the water, are known as HAA5 and TTHM. These contaminants have been known to lead to kidney problems or increased risk of cancer if consumed over the course of many years.

While high levels have only been found in a test done last month, those with compromised immune systems or women who are pregnant may want to consult with their doctor.

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