Hobson City's water safe to drink, despite glitch in testing
by Eddie Burkhalter
eburkhalter@annistonstar.com
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Hobson City residents soon will get a letter telling them of problems with the way drinking water was tested in September, but an official with the Alabama Department of Environmental Management said the problem poses no health threat.

Mayor Alberta McCrory received a letter from ADEM this month saying the water operator hired by the town to collect those samples did so a week late.

Samples are collected July through September and sent to a Tuscaloosa lab for analysis. The results are then sent to ADEM. The town buys water from the city of Anniston to sell to its water customers.

Scott Hughes, spokesman for ADEM, said what happened was a technical violation, meaning there is no evidence that the town’s drinking water was unsafe during that period.

“They were supposed to sample the second week of September, in accordance with the sampling plan that they’ve developed, and they sampled in the third week of September,” Hughes said.

Although a week late, the water samples sent by Hobson City did not show evidence of elevated contaminants, Hughes explained.

“But the rules are very specific that they have to sample at a certain time of the month, and they just didn’t sample at the correct time,” Hughes said.

Residents will be sent a letter informing them of the violation, McCrory said.

Hughes said ADEM’s new sampling rules, which went into effect last year, may have contributed to the problem.

“Anytime you have a new regulation like that there’s a learning curve for them to get up to speed,” Hughes said. “There’s no threat to human health or anything like that resulting from the drinking water.”

Staff writer Eddie Burkhalter: 256-235-3563. On Twitter @Burkhalter_Star.

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