Water Contamination in Topeka

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) Topeka officials are talking about making improvements to the city’s water purification process after struggling to comply with strict new guidelines.

The Topeka Capital-Journal reports that water in Topeka itself is still in compliance. But three suppliers that receive water from the city recently received notice from the Kansas Department of Health and Environment that their levels of haloacetic acids were higher than the state allows. Haloacetic acids are byproducts created from chlorine water filtration.

The Environmental Protection Agency has identified the possibility that some people who drink water containing high levels of the acids over several decades could have an increased risk of cancer.

City officials indicated in a news release that they had seen the problem coming and are considering options.