The Agency of Natural Resources Department of Environmental announced that Edgemont Owners Association, Inc., which operates the public drinking water system serving the Edgemont Condominiums in Killington, was fined $11,250 for failing to take required response measures after a test of the its drinking water system revealed lead levels above the federal action level, according to a March 12 news release.
“The actions of public drinking water system operators, like the Edgemont Owners Association, Inc. are vital to the health, safety, and economies of Vermont’s communities,” says Emily Boedecker, DEC commissioner. “When Vermonters turn on the tap, they expect to get clean, safe water. When test results do not meet regulations, it’s important for the water system to act quickly to fix the issue.
In September 2015, routine monitoring of the Edgemont Condominiums’ public water supply revealed lead levels above the federal action level. When levels are above the federal limit, Vermont law requires systems to take specific measures to protect system users. The law, which is protective of public health, requires the system to identify and address elevated lead levels and notify users of the status of their drinking water. Edgemont failed to provide educational materials for water supply users, install corrosion control treatment within the required timeframe, check the lead content of the water entering the system, or monitor for corrosion. Edgemont agreed to pay a $11,250 penalty for the violations in court.