Upon recent testing, the turbidity level of Ballinger's treated water was measured above 1.0 Nephelometric Turbidity Unity (NTU), which is above the standard allowed for drinkable water
Turbidity, basically defined, is the cloudiness or haziness of a fluid, like water, caused by individual particles (suspended solids) that are generally invisible to the naked eye. Turbidity is not a health risk on its own, but it can interfere with disinfection and provide a medium for microbial growth.
The reason for the rise in turbidity levels, however, is because of a temporary change in Ballinger's water source.
Ballinger usually gets its water from a pipeline connected to Ivie lake, but a leak was discovered in that pipeline.
While repairs are being made, Ballinger had to switch to using water from their own city lake, which, according to Ballinger officials, has a poorer water quality.
The City of Abilene helped coordinate the pipeline repair with Ballinger which was completed last night.
But, for now Ballinger is required to let residents know that the city's water supply is not up to standards, though no boil water notice.