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Community alerted by elevated chemicals in water

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"What do we need to do to make sure the situation is taken care of," said Dexter Mitchell, Buena Vista township manager.

That situation is high levels of TTHM in the drinking water. TTHM stands for trihalomethanes, a by-product of chlorine.

Earlier this month the Saginaw County community of Buena Vista alerted residents the TTHM levels tested higher than the legal limit.  This effects residents in the northern part of the township along Portsmouth Road.

Mitchell said that is a rural area with poor water circulation. As a result of the tests he said the township is taking action. They'll purchase a device designed to keep the water flowing. All in an effort to resolve the TTHM problem.

"The automatic flusher, maintaining our system, and making sure that we get water circulating throughout the township is going to do it," Mitchell said. "And the more densely populated areas we are extremely low."

Buena Vista gets its water from the city of Saginaw. In fact, 170,000 people throughout Saginaw County are served by the Saginaw water plant which treats water from Lake Huron.

The city said it conducts extensive testing, round the clock monitoring, and maintaining a well-run treatment plant. Tests are conducted for color, PH, alkalinity, chloride, bacteria, and metals among other things.

Each jurisdiction receiving the water is responsible for maintaining it. That's what Mitchell vows to continue doing for his residents.

"We are on top of this and we are working diligently to resolve this issue to make sure that it is not an issue," Mitchell said.

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