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Tahoe Keys Water Company Had Levels of Coliform Bacteria Above the Drinking Water Standard

Our water system recently violated a drinking water standard. Although this is not an emergency, as our customers, you have a right to know what you should do, what happened, and what we did to correct this situation.

We routinely monitor for drinking water contaminants. We took 17 water samples to test for the presence of coliform bacteria during June 2016. Two (2) of those samples showed the presence of total coliform bacteria. The standard for Tahoe Keys Water Company is that no more than one (1) sample per month may do so.

What should I do?

  • You do not need to boil your water or take other corrective actions.
  • This is not an emergency. If it had been, you would have been notified immediately. Total coliform bacteria are generally not harmful themselves.Coliforms are bacteria which are naturally present in the environment and are used as an indicator that other; potentially-harmful, bacteria may be present. Coliforms were found in more samples than allowed and this was a warning of potential problems.
  • Usually, coliforms are a sign that there could be a problem with the system's treatment or distribution system (pipes). Whenever we detect coliform bacteria in any sample, we do follow-up testing to see if other bacteria of greater concern, such as fecal coliform or E. coli, are present. We did not find any of these bacteria in our subsequent testing, and further testing shows that this problem has been resolved. People with severely compromised immune systems, infants, and some elderly may be at increased risk. These people should seek advice about drinking water from their health care providers. General guidelines on ways to lessen the risk of infection by microbes are available from U.S. EPA's Safe Drinking Water Hotline at 1(800) 426-4791.
  • If you have other health issues concerning the consumption of this water, you may wish to consult your doctor.

What happened? What was done?

In accordance with the Tahoe Keys Water Company Public Water System (PWS NO. 0910015) – Bacteriological Sample Siting Plan. On June 14th 2016 eight (8) Total Coliform Samples were collected two of the eight tested positive for coliform, we were notified the same day by our Lab (WETLAB) and re-sampled the positive sites the next day as well as two additional samples upstream and downstream at each sampling location. All samples returned negative for any coliform. After further investigation by the Tahoe Keys Water Company it was determined that this positive result was the result of a training issue and those samples had been sampled incorrectly.

Corrective actions that The Keys Water Company has implemented:

  • Immediate re-sampling of positive sites as well as two additional samples at each location upstream and downstream.
  • A complete evaluation of the wells and sampling locations.
  • Complete Re-training of Water Operators on Sampling Procedures.
  • Continued Monitoring and Sampling weekly of Water supply.
  • The Tahoe Keys Water Company will continue to comply with Section 64426.1, Article 3, Chapter 15, Division 4, Title 22 of the California Code of Regulations for future monitoring periods.

For more information, please contact:

The Tahoe Keys Water Company (PWS NO: 0910015)
Justin Phillips – Interim Water Company Supervision 356 Ala Wai Blvd
South Lake Tahoe CA 96150
530-318-4268 or 530-542-0847

Tahoe Keys Property Owners Association (TKPOA)
Kirk Wooldridge – General Manager
356 Ala Wai Blvd
South Lake Tahoe CA 96150
530-542-6444 Extension 224

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 public notice in a public place or distributing copies by hand or mail.

Secondary Notification Requirements

Upon receipt of notification from a person operating a public water system, the following notification must be given within 10 days [Health and Safety Code Section 116450(g)]:

  • SCHOOLS: Must notify school employees, students, and parents (if the students are minors).
  • RESIDENTIAL RENTAL PROPERTY OWNERS OR MANAGERS (including nursing homes and care facilities): Must notify tenants.
  • BUSINESS PROPERTY OWNERS, MANAGERS, OR OPERATORS: Must notify employees of businesses located on the property.

This notice is being sent to you by Tahoe Keys Water Company.
State Water System ID#: 0910015. Date distributed: 09-07-2016

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