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Saturday, May 09, 2009

Janesville’s Water Warning Lifted

The water is safe to drink.

May 9, 2009 at 1:45PM: Precautionary Water Boil Lifted

Additional testing following the recent Coliform/E. Coli bacteria detection has come back normal and the precautionary water boil order for Janesville has been lifted. This means ALL city residents may use water as normal and no boiling is necessary.
Residents of much of the city's east side had been under a state-ordered boil-water notice since Friday afternoon.
Plenty of questions remain never being asked or volunteered to answer. Why were the eight previous potentially dangerous events to the city's drinking water left publicly unreported until years later? What's different about this episode that a warning notice was issued compared to the eight previous? Is it because of state involvement? Was it because the previous eight events did not pose a danger to Janesville residents? If the previous eight episodes (without warnings) are not of the same urgency as #9, why will it cost the city over $7 million to cure? Was the water tower presentation at the last city council meeting merely a ploy to exploit fears? In light of that, what will this episode cost the city? Who's looking out for us?

Let’s hope that when our Water Utility Director notices something awry within the scope of his job that may negatively impact the health and safety of over 60,000 people, it doesn’t take a state order to issue a warning. One out of nine is a poor average. We don’t need to be kept in the dark.

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