SANDY — The drinking water crisis is not over for some homeowners.

More than a month after toxic levels of fluoride entered pipes following a pump malfunction, Kathe Bolan still can’t drink or cook with the water in her home. She lives in one of six houses that are still showing elevated levels of lead and cooper.

Officials say a power outage on overnight on Feb. 5-6 caused an injector to malfunction, releasing concentrated fluoride into a section of town potentially impacting 2,200 homes, some schools and other facilities. The Utah Division of Drinking Water says the malfunction caused copper and lead to leach from pipes and fixtures.

Kristin Murphy, Deseret News

Packages of bottled water are pictured at the home of Kathe Bolan in Sandy on Thursday, March 14, 2019. Bolan’s water is contaminated with elevated levels of lead and copper.

Bolan said she knew immediately that something wasn’t right with the water.

“It makes you cramp. It was a cramping feeling,” she said Thursday.

Residents have criticized the city for how it responded to the problem. A news release was first issued Feb. 15, with updates on possible elevated levels of lead and copper the next day.

But even after the fluoride was flushed from the system the problems continued.

“They did say that the water was good to drink, and that’s when I put the water down for my dogs and they threw up immediately,” she said.

Week after week, test results from Bolan’s home have come back in the red, showing unsafe levels of lead and copper. Sandy officials are now advising Bolan and other homeowners whose water is contaminated to replace their faucets. It is also advising those living in the homes to let the water run for a minute before washing their hands and not use the water to brush …read more

Source:: Deseret News – Utah News


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