Syringa Mobile Home Park residents are advised of unsafe drinking water

Syringa Mobile Home Park residents are advised of unsafe drinking water »Play Video
High levels of lead are found in mobile home park drinking water.
MOSCOW, ID - The Idaho Department of Environmental Quality is advising residents of the Syringa Mobile Home Park east of Moscow that their water is unsafe to drink.

DEQ Drinking Water Analyst Megan Ruddell said they've been violating water regulations since January. She said the DEQ posted notifications on each mobile home earlier this month saying drinking water quality tests proved the chlorine residuals and lead levels were too high and not safe for human consumption.

"We've been working with them to try to find ways to not only find the problem, but also remedy that situation," said Ruddell. "We are unfortunately dealing with an uncooperative owner."

Ruddell said the DEQ can't do much more than educate the residents until the property owner starts cooperating.

KLEW News attempted to contact the owner, but he refused to speak with us. Residents we spoke with confirmed they currently have running water, but they said it's often discolored and not suitable for bathing.

The DEQ said it will take legal action if it becomes necessary, and they're reminding residents that boiling the water won't make it safe to consume because it'll increase the lead concentration.