High levels of potentially cancer-causing chemical found in Steelton water

The Steelton Water Authority says they're working to decrease the levels of Trihalomethanes in the water.

STEELTON, Pa. (WHTM) – Steelton has sent out another warning to residents about the water after violating a drinking water standard again.

Testing results show too much of a contaminant called Trihalomethanes. Both sites in Steelton tested above the acceptable amount of the chemical in late February.

The borough water authority says Trihalomethanes doesn’t pose an immediate risk, but drinking it over long periods of time may increase your risk of cancer. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency says drinking two liters of water with elevated Trihalomethanes every day for 70 years could cause cancer in three out of 10,000 people.

The water authority says it’s not necessary to use bottled water, but they encourage customers to get in touch with their doctor if they have a medical condition.

Chlorine is used to disinfect water in many plants, and Trihalomethanes can be a by-product of the process.

Steelton continues to work with the Department of Environment on their existing treatment system.

People with concerns should call Mark Handley at (717) 939-0425, extension 5110.

The water authority says they’re working to resolve the problem. A $2.1 million chlorine contact tank project is underway to reduce the DPB, or disinfection by-products.

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