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Water quality report

The Park City government recently published its annual report about the quality of the city’s water supply, indicating that the water meets federal benchmarks for 15 contaminants.

Included in the 15 are arsenic and antimony, which had previously been troublesome for the Public Works Department.

The report indicates that antimony was found in levels between zero and 6 parts per million. It says that 6 parts per million is the limit.

Arsenic, meanwhile, was found at levels between 1.5 and 32 parts per billion, under the limit of 50 parts per billion.

Other contaminants that were found in the water include thallium, cadmium, lead, copper, fluoride and sodium. None, though, were found to be near the benchmarks.

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The report says that lead in drinking water is more dangerous to infants and kids than it is to adults. If lead is a concern, the city suggests considering having the water tested and running a faucet for 30 seconds to two minutes before using the water.

For more information about the water, contact the Water Department at 615-5335, or visit the department’s Web site, http://www.parkcitywater.org.

Officials complete training

Three people who work for City Hall or serve on panels for the local government recently participated in a so-called ‘Citizen Planner Seminar,’ a University of Utah program that teaches people about their responsibilities as public officials.

According to a release from seminar organizers, Polly Samuels McLean, who is the assistant city attorney, Charlie Wintzer, a member of the Park City Planning Commission, and Mary Wintzer, from the Park City Board of Adjustment, received certificates through the program.

The organizers say that the participants learned about eight subjects over two days. Topics included the roles of government panels such as planning commissions, zoning and how public meetings are conducted, according to the release.

The seminar was held June 8-9 at the headquarters of the Utah Local Government Trust headquarters in North Salt Lake, the organizers say.

Gene Moser, a former Summit County Commissioner, is the executive director of the seminar and says about 2,400 people have been certified in the program since it was launched in 1996. The organizers have held 79 seminars since they started, according to the release.

He says he offers between 8 and 10 sessions each year throughout the state.

"Any city that has those, the people should know what they’re doing," Moser says about government panels like planning commissions.

Compiled by Jay Hamburger

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