High Contaminants and High Water Prices In Port LaBelle
LABELLE, FL. -- The Florida Department of Environmental Protection
enforcement section says the Port LaBelle Utility System is exceeding
contaminant standards once again for trihalomethanes (TTHM). TTHM readings
in the Port LaBelle water are about 20% over the maximum contaminant levels
allowed by the Department. The Port LaBelle water customers are receiving
94.97 micrograms per liter of water while the Department allows a maximum of
80 micrograms per liter. Port LaBelle has been exceeding allowed maximum
levels for several years.
TTHMs are byproducts of disinfecting drinking water. The Department warns
that some people who drink water containing excess TTHMs over many years may
experience problems with their liver, kidneys, or central nervous system,
and have an increased risk of cancer. They say it is not an immediate risk
but until the problem is corrected, say customers of the Port LaBelle
Utility System may wish to use commercial bottled water or water treated by
home treatment devices that are certified to reduce TTHMs in drinking water.
The Port LaBelle Utility System is run by the Hendry County government and
has one of the highest water rates in the state. Hendry County's property
taxes including the various special district fees, are also among the
highest in Florida.