"We've had quarters where we were way below the average, and there have been times when we're over," he said. "It's an ongoing thing that happens all the time."
Even so, Kanawha County Commissioner Dave Hardy is asking county officials to look into Cedar Grove's water quality.
"I take this very seriously," Hardy said. "I think it's clear that all these municipal water systems need to stay within the federal limits."
Ray said water plants weren't required to test for haloacetic acids until 2004. But she said independently run water plants will have a harder and harder time meeting federal standards as equipment ages and standards are tightened.
"It's just really tough for these small water systems," she said.
Many officials think the only way small systems like Cedar Grove can continue to meet federal water quality guidelines is to turn over their operations to larger outfits like West Virginia American Water. "The time of these stand-alone water companies is past," said Kanawha County Commission President Kent Carper.
"I don't see any reason why we would have to turn it over to West Virginia American Water," he said.
Reach Rusty Marks at rustyma...@wvgazette.com or 304-348-1215.