Elevated levels of arsenic, other contaminants found in discolored water
November 12, 2010
Tests on discolored tap water in Park City found elevated levels of arsenic, manganese and thallium, City Hall’s water manager said late in the week, results that prompted officials to continue cautioning people in several neighborhoods not to drink the water.
Kathy Lundborg, the water manager, said the contaminants were found in water that was tested early in the week. She said investigators had not determined the cause by midmorning Friday.
However, she said the number of reports of discolored water fell sharply toward the end of the workweek. The Public Works Department is attempting to cleanse the system daily by sending fast-moving water through the lines in the affected neighborhoods, a process known as flushing.
The neighborhoods under the advisory include Thaynes Canyon, Iron Canyon, Aspen Springs, Saddle View and Park City Mountain Resort. City Hall also does not want people to use the tap water for cooking.
Showers for people in the neighborhoods who do not want to shower at their homes are available at City Hall’s temporary recreation facility, 1255 Iron Horse Drive.
Officials are posting information about the water on City Hall’s website, http://www.parkcity.org. The water hotline number is 615-5320.