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Posted on: May 10, 2023

Important Information about Drinking Water




Burley Water Dept. ID 5160008 Failed to Correct a Significant Deficiency Within Required Time Frame.


Our water system recently violated a drinking water requirement. Although this incident was not an emergency, as our customers, you have a right to know what happened and what we did (are doing) to correct this situation.


A routine inspection conducted on March 1, 2022, by the Idaho Department of Environmental Quality found:

Each room where chlorine gas is used does not have an operational ventilating fan with a capacity that provides one complete air change per minute when the room is occupied.

The ventilating fan, where chlorine gas is used, does not take suction near the floor as far as practical from the door and air inlet, with the point of discharge to the outside, above grade, and so located as not to contaminate air inlets to any rooms or structures, with louvered air inlets near the ceiling.

The ventilating fan for the gas chlorination room discharges outside to areas that may be occupied by personnel or visitors.


What should I do?

  • There is nothing you need to do. You do not need to boil your water or take other corrective actions. However, if you have specific health concerns, consult your doctor. 

What does this mean?

This is not an emergency. If it had been, you would have been notified within 24 hours. 


What is being done?

We have installed new ventilation fans and duct work to bring in fresh air and provide air exchange within the 1-minute time frame.  We have fenced the discharge area and will install signs warning of chlorine gas. We anticipate resolving the problem within the next month, June of 2023.


For more information, please contact Benton Palmer at 208-647-7072 or or PO Box 1090, Burley, ID 83318


This notice is being sent to you by Burley Water Dept. State Water System ID#: 5160008. 

Date distributed: May 8, 2023.

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