Chemical levels in Youngstown water back to normal, official says

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) – Dan Blakely at the Youngstown Water Department told WKBN Tuesday that levels of a potentially harmful chemical are back to normal, according to sampling done Sept. 30 at 8 sites.

Blakely said that department workers found levels of trihalomethanes in the Youngstown Water District’s supply to be between 39.3 micrograms and 59.3 micrograms. Anything with less than 80 micrograms is safe to drink.

In September, residents who live in the Youngstown Water District got a notice in the mail to let them know about trihalomethanes in their water. The notice stated that there is an increased risk of getting cancer for those who drink the water.

Youngstown drinking water comes from Meander Reservoir.

In a phone interview just after the notices were sent out, Youngstown Water Division Chief Engineer Gene Leson said contamination levels were high for a couple of weeks when the tests were ran, and that this is the first time this has ever happened.

Youngstown Mayor John McNally said in September that even when the levels of trihalomethanes were higher than 80 micrograms, there was no health risk in drinking the water.

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