No citizens attend water report hearing

City of Bowie Water Treatment Plant. (File photo)

There were no citizen comments during the public hearing on the City of Bowie’s 2018 water quality report at Monday’s city council meeting.
During the last few weeks there have been lots of complaints about the city water on various social media sites. No citizens attended with the only questions coming from council members. Public Works Director Dean Grant gave a brief overview of the report which addresses the past year.
He explained the report studies all possible contaminants including lead and copper, disinfection by-products, radioactive and inorganic contaminants, turbidity and total organic carbon. The report notes many of these are naturally occurring particles.
Grant said lead and copper often show up in areas where there are much older homes where copper pipes or copper sodder were in use. Most of those items have been changed out through the years. If these materials are found additional testing is done within residences. Bowie’s water system has no violations in any of these areas and falls within the safe boundaries. Grant said an outside company does the data collection while the turbidity is tested in-house.

Read the full story in the mid-week Bowie News.