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Posted on: July 13, 2017

Melbourne Notifies Customers of Faulty Water Sample

The City of West Melbourne receives its water from the City of Melbourne, therefore, the following information is required notification regarding their monitoring requirements.  City of Melbourne Officials say customers need not worry.  Subsequent tests showed the water to be safe.

The City of Melbourne is required to monitor the drinking water for specific contaminants on a regular basis. During the month of February, the monthly sample collected for bromate was deemed unacceptable by the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (FDEP) for not meeting quality control standards. Therefore, the City of Melbourne cannot be sure of the quality of the drinking water for the bromate contaminant during that time.

In February, a sample was analyzed for bromate by a contract laboratory for the City of Melbourne. Whenever a sample is analyzed quality control procedures are put in place to insure the validity of the sample results. Even though the results of February’s sample indicated that bromate was below detection limits, some of the quality controls by the contract laboratory were not met and therefore the sample was deemed unacceptable. Melbourne was unable to recollect another sample within the month of February to avoid the monitoring violation.

Melbourne has since collected the required samples in March and April of 2017 for bromate with results testing below the detection limit and have been accepted by FDEP.

For more information, please contact the City of Melbourne Water Division at (321) 255-4622. You may also contact West Melbourne’s Public Works at (321) 727-3710.

Please share this information with all the other people who drink this water, especially those who may not have received this notice directly (for example, people in apartments, nursing homes, schools, and businesses). You can do this by posting this notice in a public place or distributing copies by hand or mail.
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