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Bangor Water District to spend $3.8 million to kill nonexistent Cryptosporidium

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July 29, 2011

Maine

BANGOR, Maine: In an effort to reduce costs and to comply with the Environmental Protection Agency, the Bangor Water District will spend $3.8 million on UV reactors to kill a bacteria not currently present in its watershed.[1]

In 2006, the EPA released a regulatory mandate that all drinking water sources be equipped with the UV reactors to kill Cryptosporidium bacteria. Cryptosporidium is a parasite found in the intestinal tract of many land animals and can be found anywhere animal waste might be present, including drinking water sources. The only sure way of eliminating the bacteria is through the use of ultraviolet light, which kills the bacteria and renders them unable to replicate.[1]

According to Kathy Moriarty, Bangor Water District’s general manager, tests have proven negative for the bacteria over the last two years. However, according to the EPA, it would be more cost effective to install the reactors than to continue the continuous process of testing and documenting results.[1]

The reactor building and system is projected to be complete by October 1, 2013. Construction on the project will begin on July 1 next year.[1]

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