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Saturday, August 8, 2009

DEP DETECTS ELEVATED LEVELS OF TOTAL DISSOLVED SOLIDS IN MONONGAHELA RIVER

DEP Continues Work to Address Increasing TDS Levels
PITTSBURGH – The Department of Environmental Protection announced today that levels of total dissolved solids, or TDS, in the Monongahela River have fluctuated above the water quality standard for taste, exceeding acceptable levels for drinking water established by state and federal authorities.

“Since elevated levels of TDS were detected last year on the Monongahela River, the department has closely monitored the situation and has taken necessary action to reduce these levels,” said Environmental Protection Secretary John Hanger. “Water treatment plants are not equipped to remove TDS from drinking water and therefore the increased levels may cause drinking water to taste salty. Concerned residents may opt to use bottled water for drinking and preparing food until the levels of TDS decrease to normal levels.”

TDS is a measure of all elements dissolved in water and can include carbonates, chlorides, sulfates, nitrates, sodium, potassium, calcium and magnesium. While none of these elements have exceeded its respective stream limit, sulfate, at 191 milligrams per liter, is approaching its limit of 250 milligrams per liter.

Sources of TDS can include sewage treatment plants, stormwater runoff, metal mining, mining, abandoned mine drainage, meat packing plants, vegetable processing plants, grain milling plants, bakeries, beverage processing facilities, agricultural chemical manufacturing, oil and gas drilling, petroleum refining, leather processing, primary metal industries, fabricated metal products, electric services, refuse systems, scrap and waste material industries. More...

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