BELLA VISTA, Ark. (KNWA) — A notice sent to people living in Bella Vista regarding a water violation has left many concerned, but the city says there is no immediate health risk from drinking the water right now.
The Bella Vista POA water utility sent out a notice to people living in the area that a violation occurred after water samples tested above average for a disinfection by-product, trihalomethanes, for the second time.
These samples were tested from July through September near the town center.
According to the Environmental Protection Agency, certain levels of exposure of this disinfection by-product is a health concern.
Some people who drink water containing this by-product in excess over many years may experience problems with their liver, kidney, or central nervous system, and may have an increased risk of getting cancer.
But Charlie Holt, the Water Utility Superintendent for the POA, says there is no immediate health risk from drinking the water, and failure to meet this requirement does not mean the water is unsafe.
“There is no need to be concerned. The water is still 100% safe. Adverse health affects related to disinfection by-products is measured over a lifetime of exposure to water that is over the maximum contaminant level,” Holt said.
The Bella Vista POA Water Utility is relocating the sample site to an area that better represents the water quality in the system.
The first round of sampling will be completed sometime in the next month.
If you have any concerns, you are encouraged to call the Bella Vista POA Water Utility at 479-855-5060 or the engineering section of the Department of Health at 501-661-2623.