The Franklin News-Post|
P. O. Box 250
310 Main Street, SW
Rocky Mount, Virginia 24151
Wednesday, July 4, 2012
By KEN BRADLEY - Staff Writer
The Town of Boones Mill's 2011 annual drinking water quality report shows that the town's water system met Virginia Department of Health's standards for safe drinking water with no violations.
Contaminants in the water, such as copper, lead and inorganic contaminants, did not exceed the standards set by the state, according to the report.
The town's source of water is a spring and three drilled wells at the foot of Cahas Mountain outside the town limits.
The town's water system is treated by adding chlorine solution and soda ash for continuous disinfection and pH adjustment.
Drinking water, including bottled water, may reasonably be expected to contain at least a small amount of some contaminants and that this presence does not necessarily indicate the water poses a health risk, according to the report.
However, some people may be more vulnerable to contaminates in drinking water than the general population, the report states. These persons include those with cancer undergoing chemotherapy, have undergone organ transplants, have HIV/AIDs or other immune system disorders. The report advises such persons to seek advice about drinking water from their health care providers.
The report also offers water conservation tips, since the average U.S. household uses about 400 gallons of water a day, or 100 gallons per person per day.
These tips include:
•Take short showers instead of baths.
•Shut off water while brushing your teeth.
•Use a water-efficient showerhead.
•Run your clothes washer and dishwasher only when they are full.
•Water plants only when necessary.
•Fix leaky toilets and faucets.
For more information about the town's annual drinking water quality report, contact Lynn Frith, Boones Mill town manager, at 334-5404.