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Drinking Water Public Notice     Central District Highlights


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What are the Different Types of Public Notice?

  • Tier 1

    • Issued for violations, exceedances, situations or failures that may pose an acute risk to human health.

    • Examples include:

  • Exceedance or violation of the Maximum Contaminant Level (MCL) for nitrate, nitrite, or total nitrate and nitrite,

  • E. coli in the source water or MCL in the distribution system, or failure to test for E. coli when any repeat sample tests positive for coliform.

  • More examples are found in Rule 62-560.410(1)(a)(1)(a-g), F.A.C.

  • Tier 2

    • Issued for violations of a non-acute maximum contaminant level, maximum residual disinfectant level, treatment technique requirement, and variance or exemption schedule that are not described in Tier 1 (above).

  • Tier 3

    • Issued for water systems that fail to perform any required monitoring.



Required Elements of Public Notice

1.    A description of the violation.

2.    When the violation occurred.

3.    Any potential health effects.

(Use mandatory health effects language for Teir 1 and Tier 2 PN)

4.    Should alternate water supplies be used?

5.    What is the population at risk.

6.    Any actions consumers should take.

7.    What is being done to correct the violation?

8.    When the system is expected to return to compliance.

9.    Contact person and phone number for more information.

10.  Required distribution language.  


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Last updated: March 24, 2014

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