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Germania Springs: Accident Emptied Fluoride Supply into Water Last Year

Source: The Jacksonville News | Mayor Johnny Smith discusses utilities with Kiwanians | August 18th, 2008 | By Jennifer Bacchus
Location: United States, Alabama


… A scare last year has caused the utility department to put indicators at all of the pumping stations. A fluoride tank at the Germania Springs pumping station emptied its entire contents into the water supply. Though there was no real danger to residents of the city, the strange coloring and taste of the water caused several residents to feel ill.

“The whole tank had emptied before we knew what was going on out there, so it took a lot of time to get it out of the tanks,” said Smith. …

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On September 7, 2007, a Consent Order was entered into between the Jacksonville Water Works, Gas and Sewer Board and the Alabama Department of Environmental Management for $2,000 to settle the violation of the killing of 39 fish. According to the Consent Order (page 3):

“9. The Permittee violated ADEM Admin. Code r. 335-7-2-03(1) when the fluoride levels within the distribution system exceeded the maximum contaminant level of 4.0 mg/L. The recorded levels within the distribution system reached 11.8 mg/L at 10:55 am and 1:00 pm, but verbal reports cited up to 20.0 mg/L of fluoride within the distribution system.”

See also: Officials: Jax Water Safe to Drink