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Friday, February 12, 2010 - 2:52pm

Contaminant Exceeds Limits in Drinking Water

In middle Georgia, more than a 100,000 Newton County residents will be getting notices saying they could have a contaminant in their drinking water.

According to the Newton Citizen, the Georgia Environmental Division says there are no health risks for residents, but it notified the county that it’s detected more haloacetic acid in the water than is allowed.

According to the EPD, levels of the chemical averaged just two thousandths of a milligram over the limit.

The acid is a disinfection byproduct that occurs when chlorine combines with naturally occurring organic materials.

The EPD requires residents be notified within 30 days.

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