Springfield City Council addresses city’s drinking water violations

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The Springfield City Council addressed recent purity problems with the city’s drinking water Wednesday night.

The public hearing was meant to help explain the problem with the water, and what is being done to fix it. 

Springfield residents received a letter January 18th notifying them that the city’s drinking water violated the state standard for haloacetic acids, or HAA5s.

The Springfield Water and Sewer Commission said HAA5 levels in water samples collected late last month, was 65 micrograms per liter, five micrograms above the MassDEP standard.

The public hearing was meant to help ease concerns from residents who received a letter informing them the city’s drinking water violated the state standard, but the Springfield Water and Sewer Commission wants to make it clear that the water is safe to drink, and they are working to resolve the issue.

Springfield City Councilor At-Large Jesse Lederman told 22News, “We want folks to know that at this time there is not threat to public health, but of course ensuring that there is an open and transparent process in how it’s being dealt with, we want folks to know we are taking this seriously.”

“We are trying to adjust our existing treatment process up on our water treatment plant in Westfield and in the long term we have already been looking at this for several years working with national experts to look at treatment plant upgrades,” said Jaimye Bartak, communications manager at the Springfield Water and Sewer Commission.

Bartak told 22News last year’s increased rainfall resulted in higher levels of HAA5s than normal in the treated water.

Agawam and East Longmeadow residents received similar letters from their DPW’s this month, informing them of the same drinking water violation.

Both towns purchase water from the Springfield Water and Sewer Commission.

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