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The drawing and prize-winno during the S  Washington S" Merchants" Spring Fling " were.,, Envelope Please... Jean Hild - $125 Gift Basket. Karen Hobler- Lincoln- Jar Candle. Marcey Spear- Lighted Broach. Linda Dirks - Floral Arrangement. Katie DuvaU - Wool Barn Gift. Karen Richert - Beason - Towel. Annual Drinking Water Quality Report Annual Water Quality Report for the or through the ground, it dissolves naturally- period of'January I to December 3t, occurdeg minerals and, in some cases, radio- 201t. This report is intended to provide active material, and can pickup substances you with important information about resulting from the presence of animals or your drinking water and the efforts from human activity. Contaminants that may " -made by the MOUNT PULASKI water be present in source water,include: Microbial system to provide safe drinking water, contaminants, such as viruses and bacteria, MOUNT PULASKI IL1070400 products of industrial processes and petro- le0m production, and can also come from gas stations, urban storm water runoff, and septic systems. Radioactive contaminants, - which can be naturallx-occun'ing or be the result of oil and gas production and mining activities. limits for contaminants in bottled water which must provide the same protection for public health. Some people may be more vulner- able to contaminants in drinking water than the general population Immune-compro- mised persons such as persons with cancer undergoing chemotherapy, persons who ;I ba o t The source of drinking water used by MOUNT PULASKI is Ground Water. For more information regarding this report contacti Name: Mike Patddge Phone: 217-792-3222 Este inforrne con. tiene informad6n muy Importante sobre el agua qua usted babe. Tradtizcalo 0 hable con aiguien qua io entienda bien. Source of Ddnking Water The sources of drinking water (both tap water and bottled water) include rivers, lakes, streams, ponds, reservoirs, springs, and groundwater wells. As water travels over the surface of the land Source Water Assessment A Source Water Assess- ment summary is Included below for your conve- nience. We want our valued customers to be informed about their water quality. If you would like to learn more, please feel welcome to attend any of our regularly scheduled meetings. "Our City Council Meetings are held on the second and fourth Tuesdays, at City Hall, commencing at 6:30 PM: The source water assessment for our supply has been completed by the Illinois EPA. If you would like a copy of this information, please stop by City Hall or call our water operator at 217-792-3222. To view a summary version of the completed Source Water Assessments; including: Importance of Source Water;, Susceptibility to Contamina- tion Determination; and documentation/recommendation of Source Water Protection Efforts, you may access the Illinois EPA website at http:llwww.epa.state;iLuslcgi-binl wp/ 2010 Regulated Contaminants Detected which may come from sewage treatment plants, septicsystems, agricultural livestock operations and wildlife. Inorganic contami- nants, such as salts and metals, whichan be naturally occurring or result from urban storm water runoff, industrial, or domestic wastewater discharges, oil and gas produc- tion, mining, or farming. Pesticides and herbicides, which may come from a variety of sources such as agriculture, urban storm water runoff, and residential uses. Organic chemical contaminants, including synthetic z-and volatile organic chemicals, which are by- Drinking water, including bottled water, may reasonably be expected to contain at least small amounts of some contaminants. The presence of-contaminants does not necas- sadty indicate that water poses a health risk. More information about contaminants and potential health effects can be obtained by calling the EPA's Safe Drinking Water Hotiine at (800) 426-4791. In order to ensure that tap water is safe to drink, EPA prescribes regulations which limit the amount of certain contaminants in water provided by public water systems. FDA regulations establish have undergone organ transplants, people with HIV/AIDS or other immune system dis- orders, some eldedy and infants can be par- ticularly at risk from infections. These people should seek advice about drinkinff-water from their Iealth care providers. EPNCDC 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 ). To determine Mt. Pulaski's susceptibility to groundwater contamination, a Well Site Survey, published in 1989, was reviewed. During the survey of Mt. Pulaski's source water protection area, Illinois EPA staff recorded two potential sources, routes, or possible problems site within the 400 foot minimum setback zone of wells #3, #4, #5 and #6. These sources are sand and gravel.pits. The illinois EPA has determined that Mt. Pulaski's wells are susceptible to IOC and SOC contamination. This determination is based on a number of criteda including: monitoring conducted at the wells, monitoring conducted at the entry point to the distdbution system, and the available hydrogeologic data on the wells. The Illinois Environmental Protection Act established minimum ;)rotection zones of 400 feet for Mt. Pulaski's active community water supply wells. These minimum protection zones are regulated by the Illinois EPA. A 5-year recharge area for the active com-. munity wells.was delineated. This is the geographic area surrounding a well or well field providing potable water to a community water supply as modeled using computer spflwara to determine a five-year time of travel. From community wells #4, #5 and #6 this recharge area extends approximately 3,300 feet to the east with a maxi- mum breadth of approximately 1,500 feet. As authorized by the Illinois Environmental Protection Act, the city (or county) enacted a =maximum setback zone ordinance" for wells #4, #5 and #6 which allows county and munici- pal ocials the opportunity to provide additional potential source prohibitions up to 1,000 feet from their wells. To further minimize the risk to the Mt. Pulaski water supply, the Illinois EPA recommends four activities be assessec First, the community should consider enacting a maxi- mum setback zone that includes well #3. Second, Mt. Pulaski may wish to revisit their contingency planning documents in order to ensure the plans are kept current and the water department and emergency response staff aware of, and adequately trained to implement, emer- gency procedures. Barbara Stroud - Borth- Potpourri If present, elevated levels of lead can cause serious health problems, especially for preg- nant women and young children. Lead in drinking water is primarily from materials and components associated with service lines and home plumbing. We 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 concemecl 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 sate Drinking Water Hotiine or at idtp;// Contingency planning documents are a primary means to ensure-that, through emergency preparedness, a water supply will minimize their risk of being without safe and adequate water. Third, it is encouraged that Mt. Pulaski adopt a cross connection control ordinance or revisit their cross connection control ordinance to ensure that it is up to date. Cross connections to either the water treat- ment plant (for example, at bulk water loading stations) or in the distribution system may negate all source water ;)rotecticn initiatives provided by the supply. Finally, the Illinois EPA recommends that Mt..Pulaski continue to evaluate additional source water protection management options to address th regulatory and non-regulatory land use activities within the community wells' recharge area. Specifically, these management options should include cPOtential effects from non-point sources related to agri- ultural land uses. Sodium Radioactive Contaminants Combined Radium 226/228 11 11 - 11 Collection Date Highest Level Detected Range of Levels Detected 9/13/2010 1.43 1.43 - 1.43 ppm N Erosion from naturally occuring deposits; Used in water softener regeneration. MCLG MCL Units Viiolation Likely Source of Contaminant 0 5 pCi/L N Erosion of natural deposits. We are pleased to announce, that once again we do not have any Violations of the IEPA regulations during this past year. We invite all of our water customers to have an active part in protecting our valuable water source. Everyone is invited to attend any of our City Council Meetings, which are the second and fourth Tuesdays of each month. The meetings are held in the backroom of City Hall and commence at 6:30 pm. We are approaching the MCL for Nitrate in our Water Supply. If the trend continues, we may be forced to build a Water Treatment Plant to keep our water below the MCL for Nitrate. Further discussions and information will be made available as further testing results are received. Should you have any questions, or desire to obtain your own copy of this report, please contact City Hall at 217-792-3222. Inorganic Contaminants Collection Date Highest Level Detected Range of Levels Detected Barium 0.08 8 0.08 8 - 0.08 8 Iron 0.017 0.07 - 0.017 Fluoride 0.3 0.3 - 0.3 Nitrate (Measured as Nitrogen) - Nitrate in drinking 12 0.56 - 12 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 seek advice from your health provider. MCLG MCL Units Violation Likely Source of Contamination 2 2 ppm N Discharge of drilling waste; Discharge from metal refineries; Erosion of natural deposits. 0 ppm N This contaminant is not currently regulated by the USEPA. However, the state regulates. Erosion nartural deposits. 4 4.0 ppm N Erosion of natural deposits; water additive which promotes stong teath; discharge from fertilizer and aluminum factories. 10 10 ppm N Runoff from fertilizer use; Leaching from. septic tanks, sewage; Erosion of natural deposits. Lead and Copper Definitions: Action Level (ALG): The level of a contaminant in drinking water below which there is no known or expected risk to health. ALGs allow for a margin of safety. Action Level: The concentration of a contaminant which, if exceeded, triggers treatment or other requirements which a water system must follow. Lead and Copper Date Sampled MCLG Action Level (AL) 90th Percentile # Sites Over AL Units Violation Likely Source of Contamination Copper 9/20/2010 1.3 1.3 0.0077 0 ppm N Erosion of natural deposits; Leaching from wood preservatives; Corrosion of household plumbing systems. Water Quality Test Results Maximum Contaminant Level Goal or 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 Contaminant Level or 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 residual disinfectant level goal or 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. Maximum residual disinfectant level or MRDL: The highestlevel of a disinfectant allowed in drinking water. There is convincing evidence that addition of a disinfectant is necessary for control of microbial contaminants. Definitions: The following tables contain scientific terms and measures, some of which may require explanation.ppb: micrograms per liter or parts per bmon - or one ounce in 7,350,000 gallons of water, na: Nolicable. Avg:: Relulatory compliance with some MCLs are based on nJnning annual average of monthly samples, ppro: milligrams per liter or parts per million - or one ounce in 7,350 gallons of water. Regulated Contaminants Disinfectants & Disinfection By Products Collection Data Highest Level Detected Range of Levels Detected MCLG MCL Units Violation Likely Source of Contamination Chlodne 1/01/2012 0.2 0.17 -O.21 MRDLG = 4 MRDL = 4 ppm N " Water additive used to control microbes. Total Trihalomethanes (TThm)* 7/09/2010 11.8 11.8 - 11.8 No goal for total 80 ppb N By-product of drinking water chlorination: Not all sample results may have been used for calculating the Highest level Detected because some results may be part of an evaluation to determine where compliance sampling should occur in the future.