A lot has been said recently in Elida about trihalomethanes levels in the drinking water. The village wants to assure you that every effort is made to keep drinking water safe. At no time since the village began purchasing pre-treated water from Lima has it been anything but safe.Trihalomethanes are a byproduct of chlorine, which is needed to eliminate the risks of deadly waterborne diseases. Testing for trihalomethanes began in Elida nine years ago on a quarterly basis. The village was cited by the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency in May 2011 that it exceeded the maximum level of trihalomethanes allowed for the first quarter of 2011. Elida in cooperation with its supplier, the city of Lima, pledges that it will continue to do everything possible to maintain a safe water supply. Lima is building a $13 million carbon filtration system for improved water quality. Elida is also exploring options to improve water quality. We are installing new water lines to improve the looping system to eliminate dead-end lines.The EPA estimates drinking two liters of water containing .100 parts per billion of trihalomethanes every day for 70 years could result in three extra cases of cancer for every 10,000 people. The slight risk of cancer occurs only after decades of drinking water with elevated trihalomethanes. Elida is required to abide by the Ohio Administrative Code, adopted by the Ohio EPA, and send out notifications until the yearly average drops below .080 parts per billion. Let me assure the consumers that Elida would never knowingly under any circumstances provide water that was not safe for human consumption.R. Troy Strayer is Elida administrator.