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Health department finds disinfection byproduct levels exceed EPA standard in Auburn’s water supply

The Cayuga County Health Department has found that the City of Auburn’s public water supply has levels of disinfection byproducts that exceed the standard set by the United States Environmental Protection Agency.

Specifically, the locational running annual average for total trihalomethanes at the 33 York Street sampling location was 81 parts per billion, surpassing the USEPA’s standard of 80 ppb.

This information was received by the health department on December 13th, 2022, and the City of Auburn is required to notify the public served by its water system within 30 days.

In November, the Canandaigua-Farmington Water District reported higher-than-allowed rates of trihalomethane. While the reading wasn’t as high as originally reported by town officials, due to a typo in the report created, it was still higher-than-allowed by EPA standards.


It was discussed at the Auburn City Council meeting on January 5th, 2023.

The City of Auburn is also required by the state of New York to publish an Annual Water Quality Report (AWQR12), which provides information about the source and quality of the drinking water.

This report is available online at www.AuburnNY.gov/drinkingwaterreports. It is important to note that this is not a water emergency, but rather a required public notification. All City of Auburn water supply users are encouraged to review the notice and the AWQR12.



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