City of Dothan disputes claim of contaminated water exposure


DOTHAN, Ala. (WDHN) — WDHN has received a report that employees at the Dothan Utilities Omussee Treatment Plant were exposed to contaminated water.

However, Dothan Utilities Director Billy Mayes said that’s not that case.

He said a water main was connected to a line of non-drinkable water, which could have contaminated the water, but that problem has been fixed.

The two lines are no longer connected, and none of the water tested positive for contaminants.

“The bottom line is we ran scenarios and confirmed that it was isolated to the plant,” Mayes said. “Only an issue for the plant. All of us, including myself my administrative staff, we have all been there, washed our hands, drink the water.”

Mayes did tell WDHN he believes none of the contaminated water ever contacted employees, but just to be safe, employees were encouraged to be checked out by nurses. No employees reported any problems.

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