Water commissioner reassures Rensselaer residents after concerning letter

November 21, 2017 07:36 PM

RENSSELAER - Residents in the city of Rensselaer had some questions about a letter they got about their water. NewsChannel 13 went looking for answers. 

The city says there are elevated levels of THM, or trihalomethanes. That's a group of chemicals that's formed in drinking water during treatment by chlorine.

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The city water commissioner, Dominic Tagliento, says he's been reassuring people all day. 

He says one factor could be that they've put in a number of new lines.

"In other words, you had your regular chlorination going on at the plant and then you had chlorination of the lines. Troy put a big one in. We put a couple good-sized ones in ourselves. We purify them for two or three days. I think we get most of it out," explained Tagliento.

He says they are mandated to report THM over a certain level, but there is no need to boil the water.

Other local communities have also found elevated levels from time to time.


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