Come on in, waters fine
news for Blaine and Birch Bay residents: its not something
in the water. The citys 2001 annual drinking water
quality report came back clean. Of the 22 microbiological
and inorganic compounds the Environmental Protection Agency
(EPA) requires water systems to monitor, city water tested
well within acceptable levels.
Of special concern to the EPA are lead, copper, and arsenic. Blaines water contains a little more than half the maximum acceptable level of any of these. Maximum contaminant levels are set so strictly that a person would need to drink two liters of water a day for their entire lives to have a one-in-a-million chance of developing a health condition due to water contaminants.
Blaines water is moderately hard, which public works director Grant Stewart said was common in deep ground water. Residents may have to use a little more soap but they get a clean consistent water supply in exchange. Our water quality is the same as ever, Stewart said.
The public is invited to learn more about their water by attending meetings on the second and fourth Mondays of each month at 7 p.m. in City Hall, or by calling Leroy Dougall at 332-8820. .