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June Tests Show Bloomington Water Quality Status

Bloomington water contains rising amounts of DBPs.

The City of Bloomington Utilities is reporting an increase in Disinfectant By-Product levels, but the numbers have not surpassed what is allowed. It is common for DBP levels to rise in the summer and during warm weather.

The June 2016 levels are higher than May 2016, but the City of Bloomington says the numbers are lower than June 2015.

Bloomington made changes to their water treatment process in April of this year. Early indicators showed the changes were successful in lowering the DBP levels.

Bloomington Mayor John Hamilton says the city plans to continue working on the DBP levels. In a statement he said, “While the test results are improved from this time last year, the latest test results tell us there is more to be done.”

Last week, the Bloomington City Council approved a 22% water rate increase. The increase can only go in effect with permission from the Indiana Utility Regulation Committee.

CBU Director Vic Kelson said the rate increase is intended to stabilize finances and go towards capital investments. At the time, Kelson said it was possible that some of the money would contribute to the CBU’s efforts to reduce DBP levels.

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