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Veazie Taxpayers Concerned About Water Quality 

Terry Stackhouse

Folks in Veazie are concerned about chemicals in their water linked to cancer.

A group of nursing students from the University of Maine stopped by a meeting of the town council Tuesday.

They presented their findings about the health effects of trihalomethanes.

THMs, as they’re called, are formed when chlorine, and other disinfectants, is mixed with organic matter.

Exposure can lead to increased risk of bladder, colon, and rectal cancer.

The soon-to-be nurses say THM levels up to 80 parts per billion are acceptable.

A 2011 water sample showed Veazie’s levels at 89 parts per billion.

“I have no concerns at these levels.” says Orono-Veazie Water District Superintendent Dennis Cross. “I think we have successfully brought the average down below the 80 parts per billion which is the requirement.”

“I am willing to take a look at the costs of reducing that but I know they will be significant,” Cross adds. “There may be some value in sending a letter to our customers, sharing with them what we have done in the levels of where they have been brought down to.

One of the nursing students presenting at the meeting, Tiffany Bishop, said, “Our main goal here was promoting awareness amongst the community and just giving them an idea as to how they can reduce exposure to THMs.”

The nursing students suggest investing in a water filtration system.

For information on federal guidelines related to THMs visit water.epa.gov/drink.