Treating the water properly has become more of a challenge over the years, primarily as a result of Zebra Mussels and their by- products, as well as more stringent EPA requirements.
We filter our water, predisinfect it with chlorine dioxide. We seasonally add powdered activated carbon to raw water. The finished product is then disinfected with chlorine dioxide and monochloramine before entering the Distribution System for consumption.
We perform in- house bacteriological testing in our NYS certified lab. All other required testing is done by a private lab. Water quality test results have been and continue to be without violations. We meet or exceed EPA and NYS Health Department requirements.
New York State law requires water suppliers to notify their customers about the risks from cryptosporidium and giardia. Cryptosporidiosis and giardiasis are intestinal illnesses caused by microscoopic parasites. Cryptosporidiosis can be very serious for people with weak immune systems, such as chemotherapy, dialysis or transplant patients, and people with Crohn's disease or HIV infection. People with weak immune systems should discuss with their health care providers the need to take extra precautions such as boiling water, using certified bottled water or a specially approved home filter. Individuals who think they may have cryptosporidiosis or giardiasis should contact their health care provider immediately.
Samples for Giardia lamblia and Cryptosporidium parvum are taken at the water treatments plant's raw water intake. The results have been negative for all years sampled (1994 - 1999).
For additional information on cryptosporidiosis or giardiasis, please contact the Seneca County Health Department at 539-5331. The Village of Waterloo's water treatment plant telephone number is 315-585-9811. Also, the EPA Safe Drinking Water Hotline telephone number is: 800-458-1158 extn. 5500. The EPA internet site is: www.epa.gov/safewater/ccrl.html.