boil order Saturday Rules Meeting

Source: Last 2 Samples of Park Forest Water Test Clean. Residents Had Many Questions Saturday.

The village-wide boil order brought a quantity of individuals looking for solutions to the Saturday Guidelines assembly. (Photograph: Gary Kopycinski)

Boil Order Stays in Impact

Park Forest, IL-(ENEWSPF)- Residents could possibly use Park Forest water freely again beginning Monday. A supply near the Village of Park Forest tells eNews Park Forest that the final two water samples sent out to be analyzed came back destructive for any micro organism. As of now, nevertheless, the boil order continues to be in effect.

The Village of Park Forest enacted a village-wide boil order after month-to-month routine sampling tested constructive for 2 varieties of bacteria: E. coli and complete coliform. After retesting, Mr. Vavrek stated Saturday by way of e-mail, “The first sample was bad and we collected the second for confirmation. The second showed NO E. coli and trace amounts of total coliform.”

eNews Park Forest has subsequently discovered that testing outcomes now are coming back clear.

If the IEPA verifies these outcomes Monday, the boil order must be lifted.

Residents had many questions Saturday during an unusually crowded Rules Assembly. These meetings are held on the first Saturday of each month. The agenda is about by residents who may need comments or questions. Sometimes, members of the Village Board and employees are available to subject questions. Sometimes, there are few to no residents who present up.

In the midst of the village-wide water boil order, nevertheless, Saturday was the exception. Questions asked by members of the general public or by board members are in headers under.

First, Why Did the Village Not Warn Residents Sooner Concerning the Water?

“The village does routine testing of our water throughout the village,” Director of Communications Jason Miller stated.” The testing was carried out on Tuesday nevertheless it takes 24 hours to get the results. We obtained the results, then needed to sample a second time. We acquired the results from the testing from Tuesday on Wednesday, however then you need to wait another 24 hours to get the results from Wednesday on Thursday.”

“But that didn’t warrant at least an alert on Wednesday,” one resident requested?

“No,” Director Miller stated. “Sometimes you can have false positives which is why you have to test a second time to confirm the initial test was accurate. The second test conducted on Wednesday came back Thursday, it was the holiday, it was late in the day. I think it was 6:00 o’clock on Thursday is when the water plant was notified.”

“First think in the morning on Friday, they went out, took some more samples,” Mr. Miller continued, “met as a team, and then we started to get the information out on Friday.”

Trustee Joe Woods asked how typically does the village check water?

“They do weekly random samples,” Director of Human Assets/Assistant to the Village Supervisor Denyse Carreras responded. “There’s what’s called compliance testing that’s done twice a month. It was in that compliance testing that this one small area had shown.”

“They got a positive in one area,” Director Carreras continued, “so they have to go five houses down, five houses up, all those came back clear. So, there’s this protocol set up by the IEPA.” Ms. Carreras stated samples need to be pushed to a third-party lab which the village makes use of for all water testing. This lab is in Indiana.

(Word at 6:37 PM: Water Plant Chief Operator David Vavrek responded to an e-mail Sunday, July 7, after 6:00 PM, “We use Microbac Labs in Merrillville Indiana.  They are Illinois State certified and are the closest lab located to us.”)

Will County and Prepare dinner County Sections of Park Forest Are Not On Separate Distribution Techniques

Resident Sara Veldhuizen stated she noticed info on social media that stated Prepare dinner County was doing the testing. “I think it’s important that we get that out because some people were concerned that, if it’s being tested in Cook County, is it being tested in Will County?”

Director Carreras agreed that it might be good to get info out to residents. Nevertheless, there usually are not separate water distribution techniques for the Will and Prepare dinner Counties sections of Park Forest. It’s all one system that originates from the water plant. All pipes are related. Your complete system ebbs and flows. That’s the reason this boil order is village-wide. Despite the fact that the constructive results solely got here from one sample, officers could not danger the likelihood that bacteria would journey throughout the system.

From where does the village take water samples for testing?

“They choose random areas from around the village to make sure that all areas in town are covered,” Mr. Miller replied.

Ms. Carreras added that typically the actual wells are examined. At that time, Ms. Carreras provided to call the Director of Public Works Roderick Ysaguirre and have him obtainable on speaker telephone. Mayor Jon Vanderbilt asked that she name Director Ysaguirre.

“We take samples on our well water lines,” Mr. Ysaguirre stated, “and we also take samples on our finished water, on the distribution side. On the distribution side, there’s multiple sites throughout the village that the water plant goes to on a monthly basis. We have sampling stations that we’ve installed throughout the village. Those are outside. You may have seen them.”

Mr. Ysaguirre stated these sampling stations are roughly a Three-feet tall, 6-inch by 6-inch inexperienced field with a small door staff open. Inside is a spigot.

“We take samples from those locations,” Mr. Ysaguirre continued. Additionally, there are areas the place water plant employees will take samples from faucets at Village Hall. Moreover, there are some residences the place employees typically take samples, church buildings, some companies, and, sometimes, hearth hydrants.

Which websites tested constructive from this previous week?

Director Ysaguirre stated the constructive check results came from a sampling station by Miami and Suwanee Streets.

“We installed a new water main down Suwanee,” Mr. Ysaguirre stated. “Usually in our water main replacement project we install a sampling site in the area.”

The pattern outcomes from that station is the one pattern website within the village that came again unsatisfactory, Director Ysaguirre stated.

Director Ysaguirre stated Chief Water Plant Operator David Vavrek was in Friday amassing samples once more. Those outcomes have been anticipated to be in Saturday evening, he stated at the meeting on Saturday. Mr. Vavrek also got here in Saturday to collect extra samples.

Chief Water Plant Operator David VavrekChief Water Plant Operator David Vavrek (middle) at an April 2019 meeting of the Village Board. On the left, Director of Human Assets/Assistant to the Village Manager Denyse Carreras. On the suitable, Director of Group Improvement Larrie Kerestes. (Photograph: Gary Kopycinski)

The IEPA will then evaluate the outcomes, Director Ysaguirre stated. “They’re the ones who give the final approval to lift any boil orders or boil advisories.”

Director Ysaguirre stated he didn’t anticipate to hear anything from the IEPA until “first thing Monday morning” or later Monday.

Any concept of the trigger of this contamination?

Director Ysaguirre stated at this level, officers had not remoted the cause. “I talked to Dave [Vavrek]. He gave us some insights. As you take the sample, you gotta be very meticulous, you gotta be very stringent on how you go about it. He did mention it could be just as simple as if somebody sneezed while they were taking the sample, that could contaminate it. Then you would get a failed result.”

“If you do not sanitize the spigot well enough,” Mr. Ysaguirre continued, “sometimes you can get something from the spigot or whatever might be in the air in the vicinity of the sample site to cause a contamination.”

This specific sample station is situated in a right-of-way, exposed to the elements, Mr. Ysaguirre stated. “There could be a whole bunch of different ideas or thoughts” as to what induced a nasty sample.

Constructive Results Might Have Been As a result of of Human Error

The constructive outcomes might have been false positives.

“We’re thinking that it was just the tester’s error,” Director Ysaguirre stated. “That’s why we’re going through and recollecting. Dave [Vavrek] is actually doing it personally.”

Mr. Ysaguirre stated that the water plant had “a good chlorine residual prior to the failed sample. He’s looking to possibly adjust it. Keep in mind, though, that we have to stay within certain chlorine limits. We can’t just ‘crank it up.’ Otherwise, we could be in violation of too much chlorine. So, we have to find that fine balance.”

“Out of the 26 or 30 samples that were taken, this was the only one” that examined constructive, Director Ysaguirre stated.

Was anybody in peril swimming at the Park Forest Aqua Middle?

In response to Director Carreras, the order was “consumption only.” Individuals swimming within the pools on the Aqua Middle have been protected, however the village did need to shut off soda machines and consuming fountains. “The IEPA felt the pool was fine,” Ms. Carreras stated.

Filtration Techniques Do Nothing for Bacterial Points

A question from a member of the public came up relating to filtration techniques for water. Would they cease micro organism?

“Filtration systems don’t do anything for bacteria,” Director Ysaguirre stated. “Boiling water would kill the bacteria. Water filtration, like the Brita filters and things like that, I believe all that does is for taste and if there are any other sort of particles.”

This Water Problem is Utterly Unrelated to What College Park is Dealing With

The question got here up at the assembly. That’s the reply. University Park is coping with lead contamination. Park Forest doesn’t have that drawback.

When Misinformation Comes from the Social Media, and Specifically, the Mayor on Social Media

Resident Sara Veldhuizen expressed considerations over some of the misinformation that she saw on social media relating to this water disaster. Particularly, she stated some have been advising that water solely needed to be boiled for one minute and that house filtration techniques have been sufficient to rid the water of potential bacteria.

One of the people who expressed these views, in line with Ms. Veldhuizen, was Mayor Vanderbilt. Ms. Veldhuizen stated Mayor Vanderbilt wrote on his private Facebook web page that boiling water for one minute was satisfactory. She later informed eNews Park Forest that Mr. Vanderbilt stated water filters “should be okay” in a comment.

Residents at a Saturday Rules meeting during the July 2019 village-wide boil orderMore residents in attendance at Saturday’s Rules assembly. (Photograph: Gary Kopycinski)

“I do believe it was corrected,” Ms. Veldhuizen stated, “but that’s really important that everybody’s on the same page.”

“It could have been a typo,” Ms. Veldhuizen stated, “but the important thing is that we’re reading it through before it gets out there.”

At this level within the meeting, Mayor Vanderbilt had left to go to work. Ms. Veldhuizen stated she would have shared this whereas he was still in the room (he left at approximately 10:55 a.m.), however another resident began sharing a unique situation relating to standing water outdoors her house and Ms. Veldhuizen stated that took precedence.

“Sometimes in the haste of the rush, that’s how mistakes are made,” Director Miller stated. “But when those mistakes are made, then you have some clean-up to do. That’s a very valid concern, and we’re going to talk about that in our debrief and make sure everybody understands. We want to be as quick as we can to the punch, but not at the expense of putting out inaccurate information.”

Ms. Veldhuizen stated, in her opinion, official info wants to return from one source “when that village communication is put out, and not from a variety of sources.”

One resident, Sandra Slone, stated she, as an educator, “we always said one person was the spokesman for that organization. Also, as independents, we did not use our personal Facebook, Twitter account, whatever, for the business of the school district or for the school. Those are two separate operations. Your personal life is one thing, but your professional is another.”

Ms. Slone is a past Faculty Board President of District 162.

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