Lucama cited for not sending water samples to state

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The town of Lucama has been issued state violations for failing to send in drinking water samples in September.

According to Rebecca Benfield, revised total coliform rule manager for community, non-transient non-community, and adjacent non-public systems at the N.C. Division of Water Resources, the town was issued violations for chlorine and E. coli because they did not provide samples to the state during the month of September.

“If they don’t submit the sample, it’s a violation,” said W. Allen Hardy, engineering supervisor, Raleigh Regional Office of the Public Water Supply Section of the Division of Water Resources, N.C. Department of Environmental Quality.

Hardy said the violation does not mean that chlorine or E. coli was found in the water.

“It means that they failed to send, collect or send in a sample,” Hardy said.

Tammy Keesler, Lucama town administrator, said the sample was not sent during a period of time when there was a vacancy in the town job position that would have been responsible for collecting and submitting the sample.

Benfield said the administrative penalty on the town for failing to submit the samples has yet to be determined.

Lucama’s water has been the subject of complaints by residents for its discoloration, smell and taste.

The town was issued a notice of deficiency Sept. 28 by the N.C. Division of Water Resources for the presence of iron and manganese.

Visit tinyurl.com/y7drdmtc for an up-to-date assessment of the water in the town of Lucama from the North Carolina Public Water Supply Section.