Details for City of Madisonville Water Quality Report 2014
City of Madisonville Water Quality Report 2014 IS MY DRINKING WATER SAFE? Yes, our water meets all of EPA’s health standards. We have conducted numerous tests for over 80 contaminants that may be in drinking water. As you’ll see in the chart on the back, we only detected 10 of these contaminants. We found all of these contaminants at safe levels. WHAT IS THE SOURCE OF MY WATER? Your water, which is purchased surface water from Tellico Area Ser- vice System (TASS), comes from Tellico Lake. Our goal is to protect our water from contaminants and we are working with the State to determine the vulnerability of our water source to potential contami- nation. The Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation (TDEC) has prepared a Source Water Assessment Program (SWAP) Report for the untreated water sources serving this water system. The SWAP Report assesses the susceptibility of untreated water sources to potential contamination. To ensure safe drinking water, all public water systems treat and routinely test their water. Water sources have been rated as reasonably susceptible, moderately susceptible or slightly susceptible based on geologic factors and human activities in the vicinity of the water source. The City of Madiosnville source is rated as (reasonably) susceptible to potential contamination. An explanation of Tennessee’s Source Water Assessment Program, the Source Water Assessment summaries, susceptibility scorings and the overall TDEC report to EPA can be viewed online at www.state.tn.us/ environment/dws/dwassess.shtml or you may contact the Water System to obtain copies of specific assessments. WHY ARE THERE CONTAMINATES IN MY WATER? Drinking water, including bottled water, may reasonably be expected to contain at least small amounts of some contaminates. The presence of contaminates does not necessarily indicate that water poses a health risk. More information about contaminates and potential health affects can be obtained by calling the Environmental Protection Agency’s Safe Drinking Water Hotline. (800-426-4791). Este informe contiene informacion muy importanta. Traduscalo o hable con alguien que lo entienda bien. For more information about your drinking water, please call Claude Teague at 423-442-9416. HOW CAN I GET INVOLVED Our Water Board meets on the first Monday of each month at 6:00 p.m. at City Hall located at 400 College Street, Madisonville. Please feel free to participate in the meetings. IS OUR WATER SYSTEM MEETING OTHER RULES THAT GOVERN OUR OPERATIONS? The State and EPA require us to test and report on our water on a regu- lar basis to ensure its safety. We have met all of these requirements. Results of unregulated contaminant analysis are available upon request. We want you to know that we pay attention to all the rules. OTHER INFORMATION The sources of drinking water (both tap water and bottled wter) 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-occuring 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: • Microbial contaminants, such as viruses and bacteria, which may come from sewage treatment plants, septic systems, agricultural live- stock operations, and wildlife. • Inorganic contaminants, such as salts and metals, which can be naturally-occuring or result from urban stormwater runoff, industrial, or domestic wastewater discharges, oil and gas production, mining, or farming. • Pesticides and herbicides, which may come from a variety of sourc- es 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-occuring 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 the Tennes- see Department of Environment and Conservation prescribe regulations which limit the amount of certain contaminants in water provided by public water systems. TASS water treatment processes are designed to reduce any such substances to levels well below any health concern. FDA regulations establish limits for contaminants in bottled water which must provide the same protection for public health. DO I NEED TO TAKE SPECIAL PRECAUTIONS? 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 for infections. These people should seek advice about not only their drinking water, but food preparation, personal hygiene, and precautions in handling infants and pets from their health care providers. EPA/CDC guidelines on appropriate means to lessen the risk of infection by Cryp- tosporidium and other microbiological contaminates are available from the Safe Drinking Water Hotline (800-426-479l). LEAD IN DRINKING WATER If present, elevated levels of lead can cause serious health problems, es- pecially for pregnant women and young children. Lead in drinking water is primarily from materials and components associated with service lines and home plumbing. City of Madisonville is responsible for providing high quality drinking water, but cannot control the varierty of materials used in plumbing components. When your water has been sitting for several hours, you can minimize the potential for lead exposure by flush- ing 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. WATER SYSTEM SECURITY Following the events of September 2001, we realize that our custom- ers are concerned about the security of their drinking water. We urge the public to report any suspicious activities at any utility facilities, including treatment plants, pumping stations, tanks, fire hydrants, etc. to 423-442-9416. Water Quality Data WHAT DOES THIS CHART MEAN? MCLG - Maximum contaminate Level Goal, or the level of a contaminant in drinking water below which there is no known or expected risk to health. MCLG’s allow for a margin of safety. MCL - Maximum Contaminate Level, or the highest level of a con- taminant that is allowed in drinking water. MCLs are set as close to the MCLGs as feasible using the best available treatment technology. To understand the possible health effects described for many regulated constituents, a person would have to drink 2 liters of water every day at the MCL level for a lifetime to have a one-in-a-million chance of having the described health effect. MRDL: Maximum Residual Disinfectant Level or MRDL: The highest level of a disinfectant allowed in drinking water. There is convincing evidence that addition of a disinfectant is necessary for the control of microbial contaminants. MRDLG: Maximum residual disinfectant level goal. 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 disin- fectants to control microbial contaminates. AL - Action Level, or the concentration of a contaminant which, when exceeded, triggers treatment or other requirements, which a water system must follow. Below Detection Level (BDL) - laboratory analysis indicates that the contaminant is not present at a level that can be detected. Non-Detects (ND) - laboratory analysis indicates that the contaminant is not present. Parts per million (ppm) or Milligrams per liter (mg/l) - explained as a relation to time and money as one part per million corresponds to one minute in two years or a single penny in $10,000. Parts per billion (ppb) or Micrograms per liter - explained as a relation to time and money as one part per billion corresponds to one minute in 2,000 years, or a single penny in $10,000,000. Nephelometric Turbidity Unit (NTU) - nephelometric turbidity unit is a measure of the clarity of water. Turbidity in excess of 5 NTU is just noticeable to the average person. TT - Treatment Technique, or a required process intended to reduce the level of a contaminant in drinking water. 1100% of our samples were below the turbidity limit. Turbidity is a measure of the cloudiness of the water. 2During the most re- cent round of Lead and Copper testing, only 0 out of 30 households sampled contained concentrations exceeding the action level. 3We met all treatment technique requirements for Total Organic Carbon removal.