WAA'S ANNUAL DRINKING WATER QUALITY REPORT

 

MAY, 2017


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WAA are very pleased to provide you with the 2016 Annual Drinking Water Report. We want to keep you informed about the excellent water and services we have delivered to you over the past year. Our goal is and always has been, to provide to you a safe and dependable supply of drinking water. We are pleased to report that our drinking water is safe and meets federal and state requirements.

If you have any questions about this report or concerning your water utility, please contact WAA at (814) 467-5574. We want our valued customers to be informed about their water utility. If you want to learn more, please attend any of our regularly scheduled meetings. They are held on the 2nd and 4th Wednesday of each month at the Authority Office, 1700 Stockholm Avenue, Windber.

Our water source is from a series of seven (7) deep wells, which draw high quality water from the Mauch Chunk/Burgoon Aquifer located in the Clear Shade Watershed. WAA owns the land around these wells and restricts any activity that could contaminate them. After the water comes out of the wells, we add a disinfectant (chlorine) to protect you against microbiological contaminants. We then send the water through various size pipes to you.

WAA routinely monitors for constituents in your drinking water according to Federal and State laws. The WAA test results table shows the results of our monitoring for the period of January 1 to December 31, 2016. All drinking water, including bottled drinking water, may be reasonably expected to contain at least small amounts of some constituents. It's important to remember that the presence of these constituents does not necessarily pose a health risk. The 1996 amendment to the Federal Safe Drinking Water Act requires all community public water suppliers to send an annual report to their customers.

In this table you will find many terms and abbreviations that may be unfamiliar. To help you better understand these terms we've provided the following definitions:

2016 WAA TEST RESULTS TABLE
Detected Sample Results
Entry Point Disinfectant Residual
Contaminant Minimum Disinfectant Residual Lowest Level Detected Range of Detections Units Sample Date Violation Y/N Sources of Contamination
Chlorine (At Entry Point) 0.40 0.13* 0.13 - 1.24 PPM 10/15/16 N Water additive used to control microbes

* Lowest level detected was for less than a 4 hour period (10/15/16).

Microbial
Contaminant MCL MCLG Highest # of Positive Samples Violation Y/N Typical Sources of Contamination
Total Coliform Bacteria 2 or more routine/repeat samples in same month 0 2* N Naturally present in the environment
Fecal Coliform Bacteria and E. coli 0 0 ND (0) N Human and animal fecal waste

* Level 1 assessment completed 7/25/2016 as required by PaDEP Revised Total Coliform Rule (RTCR). Repeat samples were negative.

Chemical Contaminant
Chemical Contaminant MCL in CCR Units MCLG Highest Level Detected Range of Detections Units Violation Y/N Sources of Contamination
Chlorine (Distribution System Avg.) MRDL=4 MRDL=4 0.58 0.40 - 0.58 PPM N Water additive used to control microbes
Nitrate

Nitrite
10

1
10

1
0.18

0
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------
PPM

PPM
Y

Y
Runoff from fertilizer use; leaching from septic tanks, sewage; erosion of natural deposits
Total Trihalomethanes (TTHM) 80 0 5.4 <1 - 5.4 PPB N By-product of drinking water chlorination
Barium (IOC) 2 2 0.09 ------ PPM N Discharge of drilling wastes; erosion of natural deposits.
Lead 15 0 2.5* PPB N Corrosion of household plumbing and municipal systems.
Copper 1.3 1.3 0.54* PPM N Corrosion of household plumbing systems.

* Lead and Copper Lead level is 90th percentile value (taken in 2016).

Haloacetic acids were sampled but non detected (ND).

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 than at other homes in the community as a result of materials used in your home's plumbing. If you are concerned about elevated lead levels in your home's 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 (1-800-426-4791).

Lead in drinking water is rarely the sole cause of lead poisoning, but it can add to a person's total lead exposure. All potential sources of lead in the household should be identified and removed, replaced or reduced.

WHAT DOES THIS MEAN?

The only violation for 2016 was due to a lab reporting error which caused the Nitrate/Nitrite samples to be reported late, however the samples were taken and analyzed within the required timeframe by WAA. We're proud that your drinking water meets or exceeds all Federal and State requirements. We have learned through our monitoring and testing that some constituents have been detected. The EPA has determined that your water IS SAFE at these levels. As a result of PaDEP Public Notification Rule, WAA will notify you by phone within 24 hours if a violation occurs.

All sources of drinking water are subject to potential contamination by constants that are naturally occurring or man made. Those constituents can be microbes, organic or inorganic chemicals, or radioactive materials. All 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 the 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 at 1-800-426-4791.

MCLs are set at very stringent levels for health effects. 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.

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 microbiological contaminants are available from the Safe Drinking Water Hotline (800-426-4791).

Please call our office if you have questions. We at WAA work around the clock to provide top quality water to every tap. We ask that all our customers help us protect our water sources, which are the heart of our community, our way of life and our children's future.

Thank You,

WINDBER AREA AUTHORITY


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