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LTTE: Laguardo Water gets OK from TDEC

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To the Editor:

In light of recent newspaper articles concerning the LaGuardo Utility District and the issue of hard water, I wanted to respond on behalf of the LaGuardo Utility District. Because concerns have been raised about the quality of LaGuardo's water, specifically the hardness of the water, LaGuardo asked the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation (TDEC), Division of Water Resources, to conduct a Sanitary Survey of the District's records and facilities in order to ensure that all the proper procedures were being followed and that all regulations were being met. On December 16 and 17, 2014, representatives of the TDEC Division of Water Resources inspected LaGuardo's new water treatment plant and conducted a Sanitary Survey. Although the formal written report from the Sanitary Survey has not yet been received, the District did receive the following email from the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation.

"You have requested to be kept informed of the results of our scheduled sanitary survey inspection of the LaGuardo Utility District. I am happy to report to you the on-site portion of the sanitary survey has been completed. Though some minor bookkeeping issues were noted, based on the information reviewed during the survey and samples collected for testing by Division of Water Resources (DWR) staff, the DWR has determined that the water produced by the LaGuardo water treatment plant meets all applicable Safe Drinking Water Program standards and is safe for consumption. The official sanitary survey letter is in the process of being prepared, and will be made available to you upon completion. LaGuardo UD and our division have received inquiries regarding water hardness. While water hardness is not specifically regulated and is attributed to naturally-occurring calcium and magnesium in the source water, LaGuardo UD is currently examining treatment strategies to reduce the effects of hardness on customers."

The statement above was received in an email from Thomas Killion, an Environmental Specialist with the Division of Water Resources and the Nashville Environmental Field Office at the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation and can be reached by email at or by phone at 615-687-7059.

LaGuardo Utility District has recently implemented a new treatment process that has helped to remedy the effects of hardness in its water. The District is exploring other alternatives to address the hard water issue. Other information, including the official Sanitary Survey, will be posted on the District's website which can be viewed at The District will strive to keep its customers informed throughout the process of addressing concerns about hard water.


Joey Hardin

General Manager

LaGuardo Utility District

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