Falmouth fined for drinking water blunder
FALMOUTH, Mass. (AP) -- The town of Falmouth has been fined $89,000 because a town official failed to notify the state about E. coli in the drinking water two years ago.
The contamination led the state to issue a weeklong boil order.
The state Department of Environmental Protection credited the town $29,000 toward its total penalty because of improvements officials have made to infrastructure and the public notification process.
The town spent $85,000 on improvements that included the purchase of a digital bulletin board to notify the public of concerns with the water supply.
The Cape Cod Times reported that selectmen voted this week to accept the settlement and handed over the first of two $30,000 payments.
Former Water Superintendent William Chapman served a two-week suspension in connection with the boil order.