What have we learned (so far) from the Plano and Frisco chlorine burn results?

(1) When we compare each city’s January 2018 & 2019 PRE-chlorine burn TTHMs, there is little difference. However, when we compare their 2018 & 2019 MID-chlorine burn TTHMs, we see some significant increases this year.

When we averaged the 2018 independent test results and the most recent set of 2019 independent test results for each city, here’s what we found:

  • Plano’s average chlorine burn TTHMs increased from 73.1 ppb to 91.9 ppb.
  • Frisco’s average chlorine burn TTHMs increased from 80 ppb to 93 ppb (99.6 ppb if we count the highest concentration of TTHMs regardless of date)

(2) While Frisco provided more *rounds* of tests, Plano tested at the same point in the chlorine burn (3 weeks & 2 days) both years, making it easier to compare apples to apples.

(3) Plano tested at the pump stations (Frisco did not), which is where we saw some of the most dramatic increases. Why is that?

TCEQ is choosing not to test for TTHMs and HAA5 during NTMWD chlorine burn

Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) replied to our attorney, Chris Nidel’s, letter and request to test for disinfection byproducts (DBPs)during the upcoming 2019 chlorine burn. You can read their reply below.

To summarize, TCEQ is choosing not to test for TTHMs and HAA5 during NTMWD chlorine burn. While we strongly believe this goes against what Texas Administrative Code and the Code of Federal Regulations requires and seems ethically wrong (see our original request with documentation HERE), at the end of the day TCEQ is in charge of compliance for water systems in Texas. As such, moving forward, we encourage Safer Water North Texas members to continue to ask for your cities to run independent tests for these DBPs during the burn and make all resulting data publicly available. Both the cities of Plano & Frisco have already announced that they will be doing this during the 2019 NTMWD chlorine burn. Plano has gone a step further and suggested that they will include the data on their Consumer Confidence Reports as supplementary data provided for consumers to review. Since TCEQ is choosing not to collect data during this time frame, we believe this is the next best scenario. If you are a Plano or Frisco resident, please get in touch with your city officials to thank them for their willingness to test and make the results available; we applaud and sincerely appreciate their initiative and transparency.

https://saferwaternorthtexas.files.wordpress.com/2019/03/chloramine-conversion-process-response-letter-from-tceq.pdf

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SWNTX leadership team has concerns regarding NTMWD’s response to our inquiry into DBP testing during chlorine burns

Safer Water North Texas attorney, Chris Nidel, received NTMWD’s response (to our request dated Jan 31 – posted below) at the close of business Wednesday. We haven’t had a chance to discuss it with him yet, but our leadership team does have some remaining questions and concerns, which we plan to begin sharing with you next week.

Stay tuned!

https://saferwaternorthtexas.files.wordpress.com/2019/02/ntmwd-response-letter-to-nidel-feb-2019.pdf

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SWNTX inquiry into DBP testing during chlorine burns

How would you feel if you discovered that the Consumer Confidence Report regarding water quality you receive from your city each year deliberately excluded data regarding chemical disinfection byproducts (DBPs) known to cause harm at higher levels? Sadly, this is exactly what has been taking place in North Texas.

Safer Water, North Texas (SWNTX) believes that this is illogical and unethical, so along with our attorney, we are formally calling for North Texas Municipal Water District (NTMWD) and Texas Commission for Environmental Quality (TCEQ) to require routine testing of DBPs during all future chlorine burns and include this data in annual compliance averages and/or any reports given to residents/consumers. For specific details regarding this request, see Christopher T. Nidel’s letter (of Nidel & Nace Law, SWNTX Legal Counsel) to Tom Kula (NTMWD Executive Director) and L’Oreal W. Stepney (TCEQ Office of Water Deputy Director) dated January 31:

https://saferwaternorthtexas.files.wordpress.com/2019/02/1-31-19-letter-to-ntwd.pdf

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As we await a reply to Mr. Nidel, Safer Water, North Texas hopes that the 13 member cities will take this matter seriously and put pressure on NTMWD and TCEQ so that North Texas citizens will receive accurate and complete information regarding our water quality for 2019.

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