DPW - Water Division


Water System:   City of Taunton DPW Water Division

Failed to Conduct an Assessment of the Facility and Distribution System

Coliforms are bacteria that are naturally present in the environment and are used as an indicator that other, potentially harmful, waterborne pathogens may be present or that a potential pathway exists through which contamination may enter the drinking water distribution system.  We found coliforms indicating the need to look for potential problems in water treatment or distribution.  When this occurs, we are required to conduct assessments to identify problems and to correct any problems that are found.  We failed to conduct the required assessment.

Samples collected in our water system on the date(s)          October 4. 2016        were found to contain coliforms.  As a result, we were required by The Revised Total Coliform Rule to conduct an assessment within 30 days to identify and correct any problems found.  However, we failed to complete the assessment in the required timeframe.  Therefore we have violated a requirement of the Revised Total Coliform Rule.

Failure to conduct an assessment to identify the sanitary defect that triggered the assessment has the potential to cause distribution system contamination.

Although this is not an emergency, as our customers, you have a right to know what this means and what we are doing to correct the situation. If a situation arises where the water is no longer safe to drink you will be notified within 24 hours.

Since becoming aware of this failure, we have been in contact with MassDEP and have begun the process of completing the assessment.  The assessment will be completed within 30 days of us learning of the violation and we will enter into a schedule approved by MassDEP to correct any sanitary defects identified during the assessment.

CONTACT INFORMATION            For more information please contact:

                William Schwartz at 508-947-0690 x-112

Please share this information with all the other people who drink this water, especially those who may not have received this notice directly (for example, people in apartments, nursing homes, schools, and businesses).  You can do this by posting this notice in a public place or distributing copies by hand or mail.

PVVSID# : 4293000                              Date Distributed :December 1, 2016

Staff Contacts

Name Title Phone
Jon Chase Division Supervisor 508-821-1045
Bill Schwartz Sanitary Engineer (508) 947-0690
Mike Prado Distribution Supervisor (508) 821-1045