Chatham meets drinking water standards
The Village of Chatham, Illinois issued a statement this week indicating that the village’s water supply meets drinking water standards set by the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency (IEPA).
Chatham Mayor Tom Gray stated there had been concerns from residents regarding the safety of drinking water and concerns that traces of lead could potentially be within the water supply. In working with the IEPA, Gray also said that no test that has been conducted has indicated any validity to these concerns.
In addition to testing, the South Sangamon Water Commission has been directed to conduct Comprehensive Performance Evaluations in order to further address questions and concerns from residents in Chatham.
Village Attorney Jeff Jurgens has indicated that the village’s testing practices in relation to drinking water is above what is required by the state.
“We have been working with the IEPA and the commission to get them addressed, but at this point, as reiterated by the IEPA, the testing results do not indicate the drinking water has a lead problem or is otherwise unsafe,” Jurgens said.
Gray also indicated that the village will continue to work with the IEPA and the water commission in order to address further water concerns and to build confidence in the quality of Chatham’s drinking water.