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City Of Millville Water Utility Consumer Confidence Report On Water Quality
Issue No.8 YEAR: 2004Overview
This is the annual report on the quality of water delivered by MillvilleWater Utility. It Meets the Federal "Safe Drinking Water Act" (SDWA) requirements for "Consumer Confidence Reports"; and contains information on the source of our water, its constituents and health risks associated with any contaminants. Safe drinking water is vital to our community.
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We encourage public interest and participation in our community's decisions affecting drinking water. Regular commission meetings are held on the first and thirds Tuesday of every month, at the city Hall 4th Floor commission chambers at 6:30 p.m., where the public is always welcomed and encouraged to attend.
Source Water Assessments
2004 Water Quality Table
An Explanation of the Water-Quality Data Table
Millville Water Utility is supplied by groundwater pumped from 9 wells. The wells are in the Kohansey/Kirkwood Aquifer. The depth of our wells range from 120 feet to 320 feet. The water quality is basically very good, and therefore the treatment process at the utility creates an exceptional drinking water.
The New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP) has completed and issued the source Water Assessment Report and Summary for this system, which is available at www.state.nj.us/dep/swap or by contacting the NJDEP, Bureau of Safe Drinking Water at 609-292-5550.
The table below illustrates the susceptibility ratings for the seven contaminate categories (and radon) for each source in the system. The table provides the number of wells and the intakes that rated high (H), medium (M) or low (L) for each contaminate category. We did not purchase water from another supplier.
The source water assessment performed on our 9 sources determined the following:
If a system is rated highly susceptible for a contamination category, it does not mean a customer is or will be consuming contaminated drinking water. The rating reflects the potential for contamination of source water, not the existence of contamination. Public water systems are required to monitor for regulated contaminates and to install treatment if any contaminates are detected at frequencies and concentrations above allowable levels.
We do not have Ground Water Sources that are under direct influence of surface waters. We do not use surface water sources. If you have questions regarding the source water assessment report or summery please contact the Bureau of Safe Drinking Water at firstname.lastname@example.org or 609-292-5550.
Millville Water Utility did not test for Cryptosporidium. This is only found in surface water, since our utility only has ground water; it is not necessary to test.
During testing performed once each year, our water showed a radon level below the maximum contaminant level for radon. Radon is a radioactive gas that occurs naturally in ground water and is released from water into the air during household use. At high exposure levels it can cause lung cancer. Radon levels in our water are low and should not cause concern.
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Our water system also tests for coliform bacteria as well as other volatile organics and inorganic contaminants, all were below the MCL. We did not do increased monitoring for VOC’s at the Ware Ave. Plant however our sampling plan has been changed to call for quarterly volatile organic testing at all POE’s. We did not test for Haloacetic Acids Five the 4th quarter of 2004 however we did issue public notification in the local newspaper and followed up with additional samples that indicated results below the MCL. Additional source water sampling is being conducted for Aluminum at Airport at Well # 2 as required. We are also conducting additional source water sampling is being conducted at “E” St. Well # 17 for Nitrates, result are below the MCL.
The safe drinking water act regulations allow monitoring waivers to reduce or eliminate the monitoring requirements for asbestos, volatile organic chemicals, and synthetic organic chemicals. Our system received monitoring waivers for asbestos, as well as synthetic organic chemicals.
This report was prepared following the American Water Works Association Guidelines, for preparing Consumer Confidence Reports. It cost the Water Utility, Approximately $3500 to create and mail this report to its 7350 customers.
If you need any more information, on water quality that is not contained within this report, please feel free to contact the offices of Millville Water Utility, Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. through 4:30 p.m. at 856-825-7000 extensions 381 or 382. We are more than happy to assist you in your informational needs.
To ensure that tap water is safe to drink, EPA prescribes limits on the amount of certain contaminants in water provided by public water systems. FDA regulations establish limits for contaminants in bottled water.
Drinking water, including bottled water, may reasonably be expected to contain at least small amounts of contaminants. The presence of contaminants does not necessarily indicate that water posses 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 at 1-800-426-4791.
The Sources of drinking water (both tap water and bottled water) include rivers, lakes, streams, ponds, springs, and wells. As water travels over the surface of the land or trough the ground, it dissolves naturally occurring minerals and radioactive material, and can pick up substances resulting from the presence of animals or from human activity. Contaminants that may be present in water include:
A)Microbial contaminants, such as viruses and bacteria, which may come from sewage treatment plants, septic systems, agricultural livestock operations, and wildlife.
C)Pesticides and herbicides, which may come from a variety of sources such as agriculture, storm water runoff and residential uses.
D)Organic chemical contaminants, including synthetic and volatile organics, which are by-products of industrial processes and petroleum production, and can also come from gas stations, urban storm water run-off and septic systems.
E)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 prescribes regulations, which limit the amount of certain contaminants in bottled water, which must provide the same protection for public health.
Some people may be more vulnerable to contaminants in drinking water than the general population, Immuno-compromised persons such as persons with cancer under going chemotherapy, persons who have undergone organ transplants, people with HIV/AIDS or other immune systems disorders, some elderly, and infants can be particularly at risk from infections. These people should see 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 1-800-426-4791.
Children may receive a slightly higher amount of a contaminant present in the water than do adults, on a body weight basis, because they may drink a greater amount of water per pound of body weight than do adults. For this reason, reproductive or developmental effects are used for calculating drinking water standard if these effects occur at lower levels than other health effects of concern. If there is insufficient toxicity information for a chemical (for example, lack of data on reproductive or developmental effects), an extra uncertainty factor may be incorporated into the calculation of the drinking water standard, thus making the standard more stringent, to account for additional uncertainties regarding these effects. In the cases of lead and nitrate, effects on infants and children are the health endpoints upon which the standards are based.
A) NITRATE: Nitrate in drinking water at levels above 10 ppm is a health risk for infants of less than six 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.
B) LEAD: Infants and young children are typically more vulnerable to lead in drinking water than the general population. It is possible that lead levels at your home may be higher that at other homes in the community as a result of materials used in your home plumbing. If you are concerned about elevated lead levels in your home water, you may wish to have your water tested and flush your tap for 30 seconds to 2 minutes before using tap water. Additional information is available from the Safe Drinking Water Hotline.
A)IRON: The recommended upper limit for iron is based on unpleasant taste of the water and staining of the laundry. Iron is an essential nutrient, but some people who drink water with iron well above the recommended upper limit could develop deposits of iron in a number of organs of the body.
B)MANGANESE: The recommended upper limit for manganese is based on staining of laundry. Iron is an essential nutrient, and toxicity is not expected from levels which would be found in drinking water.
C)SODIUM: For healthy individuals, the sodium intake from water is not important, because a much greater intake of sodium takes place from salt in the diet. However, sodium levels above the recommended upper limit may be of concern to individuals on a sodium restricted diet.
***NOTE*** These Columns reflect the results of tests on our finished water.
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This report is based upon the tests conducted in the year 2004 by the Millville Water Utility. Terms used in the Water-Quality Table and in other parts of this report are defined here.
MCL: Maximum Contaminant Level, the highest level of contaminant that is allowed in drinking water.
MCLG: Maximum Contaminant Level Goal. The level of a contaminant in drinking water below which there is no known expected risk to health.
AL:Action level the concentration of a contaminant, which, if exceeded, triggers treatments or other requirements, which a water system must follow.
RAA: Running Annual Average