The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality reported Friday that water supplied by Kempner Water Supply Corporation exceeded the state limit of the water treatment chemical trihalomethane.

Residents of Kempner, Lampasas and Salado may have received water containing an excess of the chemical, which is a byproduct of the chlorine used in the water treatment process.

Drinking water with excessive trihalomethane, while not immediately dangerous, can “over many years” lead to problem of the liver, kidney or central nervous system and increase the risk of cancer, according to the TCEQ.

Dolores Goode, general manager of KWSC, said that one of the quarterly samples taken from its treatment plant in August was higher than normal because it was taken during an annual cleaning process.

“All samples since then have been good,” Goode said. “The water is safe and has always been totally safe.”

Contact Brandon Janes at or (254) 501-7552

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I know that they already solved the problem, but to suggest a carbon wash bed or an ultrafilter pretreatment upgrade may be in order to ensure that spiking chlorine levels because of spring runoff don't produce these disinfection byproducts.

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