September 22, 2016 Report
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September 22, 2016 Report

 
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Information about Well Testing

Recently, some of our neighbors have been asking questions related to the water tests that are being provided to those requesting them. The water tests are being offered free of charge. The company coordinating these water tests, Environmental Consulting & Technology, Inc. (ECT), is a Gainesville-based environmental consulting firm that has provided water testing and other environmental services in Florida and nationally for nearly 30 years. ECT has deep experience in providing those services, to both the private and public sectors.

In addition to working with Mosaic, ECT has worked with the following federal and state governmental agencies:

Federal

  • U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
  • U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service
  • U.S. Forest Service
  • U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
  • U.S. Department of Agriculture
  • U.S. Department of Energy
  • U.S. Department of Interior

State

  • Alabama Department of Environmental Management
  • Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services
  • Florida Department of Environmental Protection (FDEP)
  • Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation
  • Indiana Department of Environmental Management
  • Michigan Department of Environmental Quality
  • Michigan Department of Natural Resources
  • Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality
  • South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control

So far, ECT has taken samples from 52 wells and has scheduled 210 testing appointments.

The well water samples are being analyzed for constituents and parameters that are indicative of the type of water that was released as a result of the sinkhole. ECT is collecting these samples in accordance with the Florida Department of Environmental Protection’s (FDEP) Standard Operating Procedures.

These parameters and constituents are:

  • pH
  • Conductivity
  • Turbidity
  • Sodium
  • Sulfate
  • Total Dissolved Solids, or TDS
  • Fluoride
  • Gross Alpha

According to ECT, results will be released in two phases because some laboratory analyses take longer than others. The first phase will report on results for pH, conductivity, turbidity, sodium, sulfate, TDS, and fluoride. The second phase will cover results for Gross Alpha.

Neighbors who have requested alternative means of testing are encouraged to receive a water test at no cost from FDEP. You can contact the department online by visiting http://www.dep.state.fl.us/secretary/ps/default.htm.

Testing and Bottled Water Requests as of September 22, 2016

As of 12:00 pm

Scheduled 3rd party well tests 210
Site visits/samples taken 52
Expected site visits today* 15
Requests for bottled water 35

*Plans could change based on residents’ availability or inclement weather.