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2005 ANNUAL DRINKING WATER QUALITY REPORT

2016 ANNUAL DRINKING WATER QUALITY REPORT

Northern Cambria Municipal Authority

 

PWSID #:  4110003  

 

Este informe contiene información muy 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 Ron Depto Jr. at 814-948-5791. 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 first Wednesday of each month at 5:00 p.m. in the Northern Cambria Borough Office, 1202 Philadelphia Avenue.


 

SOURCE(S) OF WATER:

 

Our water sources are ground water.  The sources in the Barnesboro side of Northern Cambria are Hazeltine mine source, which is located between Elizabeth Street and Elder Avenue and Miller Hollow mine source, which is located on Old Miller Road in Susquehanna Township.  The sources for Spangler Treatment Plant are Well #1 and Well #3, and Well #4, located in Barr Township. All of the sources are now blended.

 

A Source Water Assessment of our sources was completed by the PA Department of Environmental Protection (PADEP).  The Assessment has found that our sources are potentially most susceptible to past mining activities.  Overall, our sources have a moderate 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 PADEP Southwest Regional Office, Records Management Unit at 412-442-4000.

 

 

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 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 AND ABBREVIATIONS:

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

Contaminant

MCL

In CCR

Units

MCLG

Level

Detected

Range of

Detections

Units

 

Sample

Date

Violation

Y/N

Sources of

Contamination

Barium (Hazeltine)

2

2

0.027

n/a

ppm

 

 

3/18/2015

N

Erosion on natural deposits

Fluoride (Hazeltine)

2

2

0.21

n/a

ppm

 

 

3/18/2015

N

Erosion on natural deposits

Fluoride (Miller Hollow)

2

2

0.20

n/a

ppm

 

 

3/18/2015

N

 

Erosion of natural deposits

 

Trihalomethanes (TTHM’s)

80

n/a

5.08

n/a

ppb

 

7/13/2016

N

By-product of drinking water chlorination.

Chlorine (distribution)

MRDL=4

MRDLG=4

0.688

0.502-0.688

ppm

 

Jan. 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

0

ppb

1 out of 20

N

Corrosion of household plumbing

Copper

1.3

1.3

0.348

ppm

0 out of 20

N

Corrosion of household plumbing


 

 

 

 

 

RAW SOURCES WATER MICROBIAL:

 

 

Contaminant

 

MCLG

Total # of positive samples

 

Dates

 

Violations

Source of Contamination

 

E. coli

 

0

 

0

 

n/a

 

N

Human and animal fecal waste

 

MICROBIAL: 

 

Contaminant

 

 

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.

 

 

ENTRY POINT DISINFECTANT RESIDUAL:

 

 

Contaminant

Minimum

Disinfectant Residual

Lowest Level Detected

 

Range of Detection

 

 

Units

 

Sample

Date

 

Violation

 

Sources of

Contamination

 

Chlorine (Hazeltine)

 

0.2

 

0.42

 

0.42 – 1.34

 

ppm

 

3/12/2016

 

N

Water additive used to control microbes

Chlorine (Miller Hollow)

 

0.4

 

0.57

 

0.78 – 0.98

 

ppm

 

3/1/2016

 

N

Water additive used to control microbes

Chlorine (Spangler)

 

0.4

 

0.40

 

0.40 – 0.88

 

ppm

 

3/6/2016

 

N

Water additive used to control microbes

 

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.  Northern Cambria 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.

 


 

 

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