Inspection of Elkins Water System Finds No Deficiencies

Officials from the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources (DHHR) inspected the City of Elkins water system in February and found no deficiencies. Federal law requires these inspections, known as “sanitary surveys,” every three years.

A sanitary survey is a review of a public water system to assess its ability to supply safe drinking water. In West Virginia, these surveys are performed by DHHR’s Office of Environmental Health Services (OEHS), the agency that regulates water systems in this state. Sanitary surveys are a proactive public health measure and an important component of the public water system supervision program created under the federal Safe Drinking Water Act.

During their visit, OEHS inspectors examined our system’s water source and intake area, treatment plant, distribution system, water storage, and water-supply pumping facilities. Inspectors also analyzed the system’s compliance with monitoring and reporting requirements; the management and operation of the system; and staffing levels, training, and certifications.

Sanitary surveys can result in findings of minor, moderate, or significant deficiencies. The February inspection in Elkins found no deficiencies in any of these categories.

For more information about the city’s water system: www.cityofelkinswv.com/living/public-service-utilities/elkins-water-board.

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