Mahoning Valley water customers notified of failure to test in 2015

The Mahoning Valley Sanitary District mailed notices out to its customers about a failure to test for e. Coli in 2015

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WYTV) – If you live in Niles, Youngstown or McDonald, you might have received a drinking water notice that an e. Coli sample wasn’t taken last year.

The notice was mailed out by the Mahoning Valley Sanitary District (MVSD). It said a water monitoring requirement was not met for its raw water supply due to its failure to complete an e. Coli test in September 2015. The notice also said a turbidity result wasn’t reported, although it was taken.

MVSD’s Chief Engineer Tom Holloway explained that the e.Coli was not tested in the raw water due to a miscommunication among staff. The filtered water was tested.

“Someone thought someone else took the test. By the time they realized it, it was too late,” he said. “You only have a certain amount of time to take the test to do it in conjunction that you’re running. At that time, with it being the other test didn’t coincide with the sample that was grabbed, what we did grab we had to put a letter of notice of violation of monitoring schedule out.”

Holloway said because it was the raw water and not the filtered water that people receive, there is no need to worry whether the water is safe to use. MVSD was required to notify its customers that the test would be redone and that the district will ensure future monitoring takes place as scheduled.


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