SANDY, Utah (KUTV) — The city of Sandy left out information that the state required in one of its public notices over the water scare, and the mayor is pointing the finger at the director of public utilities.
The Department of Environmental Quality’s Division of Drinking Water sent a document to the city with the language required to alert the public to the initial fluoride contamination that happened Feb. 5 to 7.
When compared to the city-issued notice, some language is missing, including: “DO NOT INGEST WARNING” and “Corrosive water may cause damage or irreparable impacts to the water system in your home including: pipes, hot water tanks, filters, and water softeners.”
Sandy Mayor Kurt Bradburn points the finger at his director of public utilities, Tom Ward.
“That was intentionally changed by our public utilities department,” Bradburn said, “and so I need to dig into why that was intentionally changed and why I wasn’t made aware of it.”
The mayor said the information should’ve been included in the notice.
Bradburn, speaking just before Tuesday night’s city council meeting, said he had not yet spoken to Ward about the concern.
Ward, through a staffer, declined an interview request Tuesday afternoon, saying he was preparing for the meeting.
The city-issued notice on Feb. 8 seems to indicate the water is safe to drink.
“Sandy City is confident the excessive Fluoride levels have returned to normal,” it reads.
The fluoride issue later caused high levels of copper and lead in the water as a result of the corrosive effect of the element. Several additional public notices were later required.
Marie Owens, director of the Division of Drinking Water, said that her office is investigating the city’s handling of all the public notifications made and whether they met state requirements.
*Original article online at https://kutv.com/news/local/sandy-left-out-state-required-information-in-water-contamination-notices