2017 ANNUAL DRINKING WATER QUALITY REPORT 

PWSID #:  4140089  NAME: Miles Twp Water Authority East


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

 

WATER SYSTEM INFORMATION:
This report shows our water quality and what it means. lfyou have any questions about this report or concerning your water utility, please contact Phil Meyerat 814.349.5574. 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 3rd Monday of month at Township Bldg.

 

SOURCE(S) OF WATER:
Our water source(s) are Smullton Well, Rebersburg Well, well #3, and spring #1.

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/Sub jects /SrceProt/SourceAssessment/defauIt.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 Regional Office

Some people may be more vulnerable to contaminants in drinking water than the general population. lmmuno­ compromised persons such as persons with cancer undergoing chemotherapy, persons who have undergone organ transplants, people with IDV/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, 2017. 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 Techniqu(IT) - 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) ppmparts 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

 

 

MCLinCCRUnits

 

 

MCLG

 

Level Detected

 

 

[RangeofDetections

 

 

Unit;

 

Sample Date

 

Violation

YIN

 

Sources of Contamination

 

 

 

 

 

Barium

 

 

 

 

 

2

 

 

 

 

 

2

 

 

 

 

 

0.0142

 

 

 

 

 

(a)

 

 

 

 

 

ppm

 

 

 

 

 

05/10/2012

 

 

 

 

 

N

 

Discharge of drilling wastes; Discharge from metal refineries; Erosion of natural deposits

Total Trihalomethanes

 

 

80

 

 

80

 

 

1.42

 

 

(a)

 

 

ppb

 

 

09/08/2016

 

 

N

 

Byproducts of drinking water disinfection

 

5 Haloacetic Acid

 

 

60

 

 

60

 

 

7.96

 

 

(a)

 

 

ppb

 

 

09/08/2016

 

N

 

Byproducts of drinking water disinfection

 

Distribution Chlorine

 

4

 

4

 

0.54

 

0.54-1.51

 

ppm

 

Aug 2017

 

N

 

Water Additive to control microbes

Footnote (a) denotes only one sample required.

 

 

 

Entry Point Disinfectant Residual

 

 

 

Contaminant

 

Minimum Disinfectant

 

Residual

 

Lowest

 

Level Detected

 

 

 

 

RangeofDetections

 

 

 

 

Units

 

 

 

Sample Date

 

 

 

Violation

YIN

 

 

 

Sources of Containination

 

 

Free chlorine

 

 

0.2

 

 

0.42

 

 

0.42-1.51

 

 

ppm

 

 

01/24/2017

 

 

N

 

Water additive used to control microbes.

  

 

 

Lead and Copper

 

 

 

Contaminant

 

 

Action Level {AL)

 

 

 

MCLG

 

 

90th Percentile Value

 

 

 

Units

 

# of Sites AboveALof Total Sites

 

 

Violation

YIN

Sources of Contamination

 

Lead

 

15

 

0

 

0

 

ppb

 

0

 

N

 

Corrosion of household plumbing.

 

Copper

 

1.3

 

1.3

 

0.036

 

ppb

 

0

 

N

 

Corrosion of household plumbing.

 

 

Turbidity

 

Contaminant

 

MCL

 

MCLG

 

 

Sample

 

Violation

 

 

 

 

Level Detected

Date

YIN

Source of Contamination

 

Turbidity (Filter #1)

 

TT=l NTU for a single measurement

 

0

 

0.19NTU

 

10/08/17

 

N

 

Soil runoff.

 

TT= at least 95% of monthly samples:::0.3 NTU

 

Turbidity (Filter #2)

 

TT=l NTU for a single measurement

 

0

 

0.20NTU

 

05/24/17

 

N

 

Soil runoff.

 

TT= at least 95% of monthly samples:::0.3 NTU

 

 

 

 

Total Organic Carbon (I'OC)

 

 

Contaminant

 

Range of% Removal Required

 

Range of percent removal achieved

 

Number of quarters out of compliance

 

Violation

YIN

 

Sources of Contamination

 

TOC

 

 

 

0

 

N

 

Naturally present in the environment.

 

 

HEALTH EFFECTS:
None listed


OTHER VIOLATIONS:
We missed taking our  disinfection byproducts samples (known as TTHM and HAA5) in 2017 which was to be taken within 3 days of September 8th.  We also missed taking our December total coliform bacteria sample and the associated disinfectant (chlorine) residual sample.                                                                                                                                                  

 

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. Miles Twp WA East 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 drinkin g 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/sa fewat erllead.

OTHER INFORMATION:
None listed