2014 Water Quality CCR Report

2014 ANNUAL DRINKING WATER QUALITY REPORT

PWSID #: 6200027
NAME: Linesville 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 Kevin McGrath, Water Superintendant                                                       at Linesville Borough office 814-683-4382                   .  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 @7:00 pm on the 2nd Tuesday of each month at the Linesville Borough Hall 103 W Erie St Linesville, Pa     .

If you would like a printed copy of this report; stop by the Borough Building in Linesville, at 103 West Erie St. during the business hours of 8:00am to 4:00pm Monday thru Friday or contact the borough secretary (814-683-4382) to have one mailed to you. Report copies are free of charge.

SOURCE(S) OF WATER:

Our water source(s) is/are:  (Name-Type-Location)

The water is classified as GROUND WATER. Water is piped down from two spring groups behind PNC Bank into the Bunday reservoir and then chlorinated before being pumped into the distribution system. There are also four wells at the Penn St well field that pump into the Penn St reservoir and chlorinated before being pumped into the distribution system.

A Source Water Assessment of our source(s) was completed by the PA Department of Environmental Protection (Pa. DEP). The Assessment has found that our source(s) of is/are potentially most susceptible to [insert potential Sources of Contamination listed in your Source Water Assessment Summary].  Overall, our source(s) has/have [little, moderate, high] 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 Meadville                                           

Regional Office, Records Management Unit at (814) –332-6945.

 

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,      .  The State allows us to monitor 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

Chlorine

MRDL=4

MRDLG=4

1.365

0.67- 1.36

MG/L

2013

N

Water additive used to control microbes
Nitrate

10

10

6.05

2.85-6.05

MG/L

2013

N

Runoff from fertilizer use
Xylenes(total)

10

10

.0018

.0018

MG/L

2013

N

Discharge from petroleum and chemical factories
Ethylbenzene

700

700

.000634

.000634

MG/L

2013

N

Discharge from petroleum factories
Barium

2

2

.021

.021

MG/L

2012

N

Erosion from natural deposits
Fluoride

2

2

.015

.012-.015

MG/L

2012

N

Erosion of natural deposits

*EPA’s MCL for fluoride is 4 ppm.  However, Pennsylvania has set a lower MCL to better protect human health.



Entry Point Disinfectant Residual

Contaminant

Minimum Disinfectant

Residual

Lowest

Level Detected

Range of Detections

Units

Sample Date

Violation Y/N

Sources of Contamination

Chlorine(EP100) Chlorine(EP101)

0.40

0.40    0.40

0.40-1.27  0.40-1.17

ppm

2013

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

4

ppb

0

N

Corrosion of household plumbing.
Copper

13

1.3

.136

ppm

0

N

Corrosion of household plumbing.

Microbial

Contaminants

MCL

MCLG

Highest # or % of Positive Samples

Violation

Y/N

Sources of Contamination

Total ColiformBacteria 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.

Raw Source Water Microbial

Contaminants

MCLG

Total # of Positive Samples

Dates

Violation

Y/N

Sources of Contamination

E. coli

0

0

2013

N

Human and animal fecal waste.



HEALTH EFFECTS:

CHLORINE: eye & nose irritation. Stomach discomfort if water in excess of MRDL. NITRATE: Nitrate in drinking water at levels above 10 ppm is a health risk for infants of less than 6 months of age. High nitrate levels in drinking water can cause blue baby syndrome. Nitrate levels may rise quickly for short periods of time because of rainfall or agricultural activity. If you are caring for an infant, you should ask for advice from your health care provider. XYLENES: in excess of MCL over many years could damage nervous system. ETHYLBENZENE: if well in excess of MCL over many years could develop liver or kidney problems. BARIUM: in excess of MCL over many years could increase blood pressure. FLUORIDE: if water contains more than 2 mg/l may cause teeth stains in children under 9 years old. Can increase risk of bone disease if in excess of 4 mg/l

OTHER VIOLATIONS:

no other violations

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.  Linesville Borough 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:

Linesville Borough ask all water customers to keep the area around the outside meter reader button free of debris and plantings to facilitate access for our personnel. Also for our personnel safety we ask that no animals be tied out in this area. If you are not aware of the button location please feel free to contact the borough office Monday through Friday 8:00am to 4:00 pm at 814-683-4382. Please be careful not to break the wire to the button when trimming grass.

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