Cindy DiFazio, Staff Writer
In the past few months two legal notices concerning the drinking
water in the Town of Versailles have been published in local
newspapers. An explanation of what these notices mean for Versailles
residents is as follows:
Firstly, the violation mentioned in the legal notices has already
Versailles Water Works water quality has never been better according
to Clerk/Treasurer Ted Spurlock. Upgrades that have been completed
in the past year remove more contaminants than ever.
Government guidelines have become more stringent in recent years,
leading to the reported violation stemming from a slightly elevated
level of total trihalomethanes. The 2006 annual average was
91.1 which exceeded the 80.0 standard set by the government.
It is important to note that the notice clearly states You
do not need to use an alternative (e.g. bottled) water supply.
However, if you have specific health concerns, consult your
The specific health concerns that the notice addresses are for
people who have consumed excess trihalomethanes over a period
of many years.
Within the next few months, work will be completed on Versailles
Water Works improvements which will bring state-of-the-art technology
to the area. According to a letter sent by engineers working
on the project to the Indiana Department of Environmental Management
on March 12, The Town of Versailles has reached Substantial
Completion on construction of their water treatment plant improvements
project. They are currently in the final stages of training
and adjustments to the water treatment operations.
Ultra-violet light (UV rays) will be used to treat the water,
greatly reducing the use of chlorine. A carbon filter system
will also help to make Versailles water some of the cleanest
drinking water available.
Spurlock was only half-joking when he told the newspaper, Other
places will want to bottle our water.