2016 Consumer Confindence Report

 

The Safe Drinking Water Act requires water suppliers to provide customers with drinking water quality reports known as Consumer Confidence Reports.

These reports provide our customers with a view of their  drinking water, a summary of the sources susceptibility to contamination, and the level of any contaminants found.

           

 

              2016 ANNUAL DRINKING WATER QUALITY REPORT

PWSID #:  6620032                 NAME:  Southwest Warren County Municipal Authority     

 

Este informe contiene información importante acerca de su agua potable.  Haga que alguien lo traduzca para usted, ó hable con alguien que lo entienda.  (This report contains important information about your drinking water.  Have someone translate it for you, or speak with someone who understands it.)

WATER SYSTEM INFORMATION:

This report shows our water quality and what it means.  If you have any questions about this report or concerning your water utility, please contact Tim Carll at the Tidioute Borough/SWCMA office, 129 Main St., Tidioute PA   (814/484/7424).       We want you to be informed about your water supply.  If you want to learn more, please attend any of our regularly scheduled meetings.  They are held on the second Thursday of each month at 7:00 pm in theTidioute Borough office located at 129 Main Street.

 

SOURCE(S) OF WATER:

Our water source is surface water taken from the Ben George reservoir located off Buckley Road In Triumph Township.  This is filtered at our slow sand treatment facility and serves approximately one thousand customers in Tidioute Borough and portions of the surrounding townships.  A second permitted source, The Arcade well, is located near Buckley Road but is only used in extreme drought conditions.

 

 

 

A Source Water Assessment of our source was completed by the PA Department of Environmental Protection (Pa. DEP). The Assessment has found that our source  is potentially most susceptible to accidental release of known or unknown contaminants along the gravel roads, storm water runoff from gravel roads and residential properties(especially properties with malfunctioning on lot septic systems), and storm water runoff from timbering activities.  There are also potential sources of contamination from oil and gas wells.  Overall, our source has little risk of significant contamination. A summary report of the

Assessment is available on the Source Water Assessment & Protection Web page at (http://www.dep.state.pa.us/dep/deputate/watermgt/wc/Subjects/SrceProt/SourceAssessment/default.htm). Complete reports were distributed to municipalities, water supplier, local planning agencies and PADEP offices.  Copies of the complete report are available for review at the Pa. DEP Northwest   Regional Office, Records Management Unit at (814) 332-6899.

 

 

Some people may be more vulnerable to contaminants in drinking water than the general population.  Immuno-compromised persons such as persons with cancer undergoing chemotherapy, persons who have undergone organ transplants, people with HIV/AIDS or other immune system disorders, some elderly, and infants can be particularly at risk from infections.  These people should seek advice about drinking water from their health care providers.  EPA/CDC guidelines on appropriate means to lessen the risk of infection by Cryptosporidium and other microbial contaminants are available from the Safe Drinking Water Hotline (800-426-4791).

 

Monitoring Your Water:

We routinely monitor for contaminants in your drinking water according to federal and state laws.  The following tables show the results of our monitoring for the period of January 1 to December 31, 2016.  The State allows monitoring for some contaminants less than once per year because the concentrations of these contaminants do not change frequently.  Some of our data is from prior years in accordance with the Safe Drinking Water Act.  The date has been noted on the sampling results table.

DEFINITIONS:

Action Level (AL) - The concentration of a contaminant which, if exceeded, triggers treatment or other requirements which a water system must follow.

Maximum Contaminant Level (MCL) - The highest level of a contaminant that is allowed in drinking water.  MCLs are set as close to the MCLGs as feasible using the best available treatment technology.

Maximum Contaminant Level Goal (MCLG) - The level of a contaminant in drinking water below which there is no known or expected risk to health.  MCLGs allow for a margin of safety.

Maximum Residual Disinfectant Level (MRDL) - The highest level of a disinfectant allowed in drinking water.  There is convincing evidence that addition of a disinfectant is necessary for control of microbial contaminants.

Maximum Residual Disinfectant Level Goal (MRDLG) - The level of a drinking water disinfectant below which there is no known or expected risk to health.  MRDLGs do not reflect the benefits of the use of disinfectants to control microbial contaminants.

Minimum Residual Disinfectant Level (MinRDL) - The minimum level of residual disinfectant required at the entry point to the distribution system.

Treatment Technique (TT) - A required process intended to reduce the level of a contaminant in drinking water.

 

Mrem/year = millirems per year (a measure of radiation absorbed by the body)

pCi/L = picocuries per liter (a measure of radioactivity)

ppb = parts per billion, or micrograms per liter (μg/L)

 

ppm = parts per million, or milligrams per liter (mg/L)

ppq = parts per quadrillion, or picograms per liter

ppt = parts per trillion, or nanograms per liter

 

DETECTED SAMPLE RESULTS:

Chemical Contaminants

Contaminant

MCL in CCR Units

MCLG

Level Detected

Range of Detections

Units

Sample Date

Violation Y/N

Sources of Contamination

Haloacetic acids (five) site 701

60

n/a

45.35

6.0 to 67.3

ppb

2016

N

By-products of drinking water disinfection

Haloacetic acids (five) site 702

60

n/a

43.03

32.3 to 50.8

ppb

2016

N

By-products of drinking water disinfection

TTHMs (Total trihalomethanes) site 701

80

n/a

47.65

30.7 to 82.8

ppb

2016

N

By-products of drinking water disinfection      

TTHMs (Total trihalomethanes) site 702

80

n/a

26.15

0 to 60.3

ppb

2016

N

By-products of drinking water disinfection      

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Chemical Contaminants

Contaminant

MCL in CCR Units

MCLG

Level Detected

Range of Detections

Units

Sample Date

Violation Y/N

Sources of Contamination

Gross Alpha

15

0

0.380

0 to 0.380

pCi/l

8/15/06

N

Erosion of natural deposits

Radium 226

5

0

0.40

0 to 0.40

pCi/l

10/24/06

N

Erosion of natural deposits      

Radium 228

5

0

1.21

0 to 1.21

pCi/l

10/24/06

N

Erosion of natural deposits

 

 

 

Entry Point Disinfectant Residual

Contaminant

Minimum Disinfectant

Residual

Lowest

Level Detected

Range of Detections

Units

Sample Date

Violation Y/N

Sources of Contamination

Chlorine

1.0

1.0

1.0 to 1.70

ppm

2016

N

Water additive used to control microbes.

 

 

 

 

Lead and Copper

Contaminant

Action Level (AL)

MCLG

90th Percentile Value

Units

# of Sites Above AL of Total Sites

Violation Y/N

Sources of

Contamination

Lead

15

0

3

ppb

0

N

Corrosion of household plumbing.

Copper

1.3

1.3

0.324

ppm

0

N

Corrosion of household plumbing.

 

Microbial

Contaminants

MCL

MCLG

Highest # or % of Positive Samples

Violation

Y/N

Sources of Contamination

Total Coliform

Bacteria

For systems that collect <40 samples/month:

  • More than 1 positive monthly sample

For systems that collect ≥ 40 samples/month:

  • 5% of monthly samples are positive

0

0

N

Naturally present in the environment.

Fecal Coliform Bacteria or E. coli

0

0

0

N

Human and animal fecal waste

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Turbidity

Contaminant

MCL

MCLG

Level Detected

Sample

Date

Violation

Y/N

Source of Contamination

Turbidity

TT=2 NTU for a single measurement

0

0.37

2016

N

Soil runoff.

TT= at least 95% of monthly samples<1.0 NTU

100%

2016

N

               

 

HEALTH EFFECTS:

N/A

 

OTHER VIOLATIONS: Our water system did not violate any Safe Drinking Water Regulations during 2016.

 

 

EDUCATIONAL INFORMATION:

The sources of drinking water (both tap water and bottled water) include rivers, lakes, streams, ponds, reservoirs, springs and wells.  As water travels over the surface of the land or through the ground, it dissolves naturally-occurring minerals and, in some cases, radioactive material, and can pick up substances resulting from the presence of animals or from human activity.  Contaminants that may be present in source water include:

  • Microbial contaminants, such as viruses and bacteria, which may come from sewage treatment plants, septic systems, agricultural livestock operations, and wildlife.
  • Inorganic contaminants, such as salts and metals, which can be naturally-occurring or result from urban stormwater run-off, industrial or domestic wastewater discharges, oil and gas production, mining, or farming.
  • Pesticides and herbicides, which may come from a variety of sources such as agriculture, urban stormwater runoff, and residential uses.
  • Organic chemical contaminants, including synthetic and volatile organic chemicals, which are by-products of industrial processes and petroleum production, and can also come from gas stations, urban stormwater runoff, and septic systems.
  • Radioactive contaminants, which can be naturally-occurring or be the result of oil and gas production and mining activities.

In order to ensure that tap water is safe to drink, EPA and DEP prescribes regulations which limit the amount of certain contaminants in water provided by public water systems.  FDA and DEP regulations establish limits for contaminants in bottled water which must provide the same protection for public health.

Drinking water, including bottled water, may reasonably be expected to contain at least small amounts of some contaminants.  The presence of contaminants does not necessarily indicate that water poses a health risk.  More information about contaminants and potential health effects can be obtained by calling the Environmental Protection Agency’s Safe Drinking Water Hotline (800-426-4791).

 

 

Information about Lead

 

If present, elevated levels of lead can cause serious health problems, especially for pregnant women and young children.  Lead in drinking water is primarily from materials and components associated with service lines and home plumbing.  The Southwest Warren County Municipal Authority is responsible for providing high quality drinking water, but cannot control the variety of materials used in plumbing components.  When your water has been sitting for several hours, you can minimize the potential for lead exposure by flushing your tap for 30 seconds to 2 minutes before using water for drinking or cooking.  If you are concerned about lead in your water, you may wish to have your water tested.  Information on lead in drinking water, testing methods, and steps you can take to minimize exposure is available from the Safe Drinking Water Hotline or at http://www.epa.gov/safewater/lead.

 

OTHER INFORMATION:

 

The Tidioute Borough / SWCMA office has moved to 129 Main St.  The building is owned by the Borough, and now has an area to use as a small meeting room.  When mailing in utility payments, please be sure to use the 129 Main St. address. Please check the name and address on your monthly billing cards and if there is anything that needs updated please contact  the SWCMA office at 814- 484-7424.

 

We are in the process of replacing water meters and upgrading our billing services.  Feel Free to contact the Borough Office if you have any questions.

 

In our continuing efforts to maintain a dependable water supply we have and will continue to make improvements in the water system.    These improvements as well as other construction projects to replace aging distribution lines may be a temporary inconvenience but, they are essential in maintaining the dependability and effectiveness of the system.    We at SWCMA work around the clock to provide quality water to every tap.

 

 

 

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(Annual Water Report)

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Tidioute, PA 16351

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