Eureka Springs Public Works Director Dwayne Allen released a letter updating the Eureka Springs City Council on the city’s water quality issues on Monday.
In the letter, Allen described how the public works department has taken measures to increase the city’s water quality. The department, Allen said, is working to meet state regulations while testing the water to be sure it’s safe.
“Most rule changes are delayed due to funding and political pressure. I still believe your public water system is the best choice for drinking water, but we all need to stay vigil,” Allen said.
The department, he continued, has been improving its wastewater lab by performing tests to identify fluoride, lead and PH. Allen said the department is also planning to test for lead at public schools and daycares within city limits. The samples for testing, Allen said, have been sent to a certified lab.
The first run of tests, he noted, has shown fluoride levels at or just below 0.7 milligrams. The state recommends a range between 0.7 and 1.2 milligrams; this result, Allen explained, shows that the Carroll Boone Water District is staying on the low side regarding fluoride.
The PH level, he noted, is running 6.9 to 7.0 milligrams. Allen said PH is supposed to be between 6.5 to 7.5 milligrams, making the city’s results normal. Though he hasn’t run a test on magnesium and calcium, Allen said he’ll produce an update on that once he has all the information on it.
“We still do not know to what degree the fluoride is reacting to the disinfectant. We will continue expanding our testing and adjust them as our results dictate,” Allen said.
The city council read the letter at its meeting Monday night. Alderman James DeVito pointed out how water quality has become a big topic nationwide, and Mayor Butch Berry agreed it’s important for the public to know how the issue affects locals.
“We’re in pretty good shape,” Berry said.
In the letter, Allen agreed. He said the city will need to replace water lines in the near future but noted how well the testing has gone so far.
“There is no need for panic but concern is warranted. I will continue to advocate for the removal of sodium fluorosilicate from out water,” Allen said.
If any residents want to take part in the tests, Allen said to contact the Public Works Department.