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Small West Virginia Water System Cited For Not Monitoring Water for Contaminants in Yawkey

Release Date: 8/20/1999
Contact Information: Roy Seneca (215) 814-5567

YAWKEY, W.Va. - The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has cited the Country Club Tavern Water System for violating the Safe Drinking Water Act by failing to monitor its customers’ water supply for three contaminants that could cause potential health problems.

The Country Club Tavern Water System provides water to about 25 customers in Yawkey, Boone County, West Virginia. The water system was cited for not monitoring for nitrate, nitrite and coliform bacteria, which could lead to potential health problems. This violation does not mean that these contaminants are present in the water, but that proper monitoring was not conducted. There is no way of knowing whether the contaminants are present unless the Country Club Tavern Water System samples and analyzes the water as required.

The EPA administrative order requires that Country Club Tavern Water System notify users of the violations and related health risks, and how they will correct the problems. The water system must provide a written progress report within 30 days to EPA and the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources.

The Safe Drinking Water Act regulates public water systems. These regulations establish maximum contaminant levels, treatment techniques, water quality monitoring and reporting requirements for public water systems.