Water concerns: All OK despite increased levels of trihalomethane

SAN BENITO — City residents recently were notified of a Dec. 15 violation of trihalomethane levels in the quarterly report by Texas Commission on Environmental Quality.

However, city officials assure the water supply remains safe to drink.

If the water had been unsafe for drinking, TCEQ would have shut down San Benito’s water treatment facilities, said Public Works Director Adan Gonzalez.

Instead, a notice was issued to the city which was instructed to notify all water customers of the violation.

The EPA describes trihalomethanes as a group of volatile organic compounds that are formed when chlorine is added to the water during the treatment process for disinfection.

It reacts with naturally-occurring organic matter in the water.

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