LDS Church officials criticize new water testing rules

A chapel for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — An attorney representing the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints says a state proposal to increase water monitoring would cost them $40,000 a month.

KUTV-TV reports ( ) that the Utah Division of Drinking Water has proposed monthly checks to conform with to U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s revised rule that mandates certain campgrounds and properties with public drinking water be monitored quarterly. The EPA’s rule goes into effect April 1.

Under the proposal, property managers would be responsible for paying $10 to $20 for each test.

Utah water officials say the more frequent testing would catch possible bacteria faster, before it has a chance to sicken people.

LDS Church attorney Chris Cramhall says the state is trying to punish the entire system based on a single outbreak in August 2011 incident that sickened 72 people.

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