State order in place, but tests say village water safe

By Christopher McDermott

HOUSATONIC — Housatonic Water Works say they’ve taken action after an Aug. 10 letter from the state Department of Environmental Protection declared them in noncompliance with drinking water regulations related to chlorine contact. Tests, by the state and the company, have shown the water to be safe to drink, but some residents still have concerns about odor and appearance.

“We’ve had testing throughout the entire period, and the order says there are no violations with bacteria,” Housatonic Water Works Treasurer and Co-owner James Mercer said. “The water is safe to drink. We just did metal testing and that came back fine as well.”

Housatonic Water Works serves about 840 customers,mainly in the village of Housatonic in the town of Great Barrington. Mercer’s family has owned the water system since 1984.

During July and August of this year, customers of the water company complained that their water had odors that were “pool like” and “pond like,” according to an order signed by the Bureau of Water Resources’ Deputy Regional Director Brian Harrington and sent to Housatonic Water Works

Multiple tests conducted by the state found the water to be free of bacteria and to have appropriate levels of chlorine.

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