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Thousands Get Letter Saying Water Could Cause Cancer

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MAURY COUNTY, Tenn. - Thousands of mid-state water customers got a notice from their water company that the water they have been drinking could cause cancer.

The letter goes on to say that boiling the water or other purifying methods would not improve the increased chemicals in the water. 6,700 Maury County Water System customers received the letter Wednesday, explaining that the company violated the maximum level of Haloacetric Acids in the water.

Haloacetric Acids are a common by-product of chlorinated drinking water. The amount of Haloacetric Acids in the water depends on the temperature of the water and the age of the water.

According to the water system's superintendent, the water is not dangerous for customers to drink. Studies show that the risk of getting cancer from this particular water is one out of 10-thousand people who drink 2 liters every day for 70 years.

Superintendent of the Maury County Water System Larry Chunn said the acid levels have more to do with nature than human error. He said when the water was tested back in October and September, the temperature was warmer and when the water is mixed with chlorine it results in higher Haloacetric Acids levels.

He also said there is no immediate threat to customers.

"I've very confident in the water and I drink it every day," Chunn said.

Chunn also believes that water from the Maury County Water System is even safer than bottled water.

"Our water is tested for a lot more things than bottled water. So, the water in our pipe line is still safe," he said.

Chunn said the letter was sent out to customers as a formality to let them know what is going on, not to scare them.

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