Water meeting on tap for Wednesday

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By Jenny Hartley

INDIAN LAND – The Indian Land Action Council is holding a town hall meeting at 7 p.m. Wednesday so officials can discuss water quality. The meeting is at the Indian Land Elementary School media center.

The Lancaster County Water and Sewer District has worked to lower the level of a contaminant in the water it treats from the Catawba River in the past year.

The utility sent notices to residents in recent months to let the public know about the level of trihalomethanes, a byproduct of the treatment process. Samples have found amounts of trihalomethanes higher than federal standards. Trihalomethanes are created when chlorine mixes with organic material, such as decaying leaves and algae.

August water samples showed that the level was back in compliance, and samples for September showed that the level had dropped by 47 percent, said Mike Bailes, director of the Catawba River Water Treatment Plant.

A representative from the plant will attend the meeting, as well as officials from the S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control.

Contact senior reporter Jenny Hartley at jhartley@thelancasternews.com or at (803) 283-1151