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Memorial Day Service attendees at the Mt Pulaski Cemetery had been huddled beneath this tree to avoid the hot sun and humid day. The half-portion of this large treefell during Tuesday's (June 1) thunderstorm. PHIL BERTONI Photo One of the Veterans Graves at Mt. Pulaski Cemetery marks the final-resting-place of Floyd Eugene Scroggin. He was killed in action during WWI. PHIL BERTONI Photo Annual Drinking Water Quality Report MOUNT PULASKI IL1070400 Annual Water Quality Report for the period of January 1 to December 31, 2009 This report is intended to provide you with important information about your drinking water and the efforts made by the MOUNT PULASKI water system. to provide safe drinking water. The source of drinking water used by MOUNT PULASKI is Ground Water. For more information regarding this report contact: Name: Mike Patridge Phone: 217-792-3222 Este informe contiene informacibn muy importante sobre el agua que usted bebe. Tradzcalo b hable con alguien que Io entienda bien. Source of Drinking 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 or through the ground, it dissolves naturally-occurring minerals and, in some cases, radioactive material, and can pickup substances resulting from the presence of animais 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 storm water runoff,, industrial, or domestic wastewater dis- charges, oil and gas production, 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 and volatile organic chemicals, which are by-products of industrial processes and petroleum production, and can also come from gas stations, urban storm water runoff, and septic systems. Radioactive con- taminants, which can be naturally-occurring or be the result of oil and gas production and mining activities.. Drinking water, including bottled water, may reasonably be expected to contain at least small amounts of some contaminants. The pres- ence 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 EPA's Safe Drinking Water Hotline 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 limits for contaminants in bot- tled 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 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 drinkipg 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 HoUine (800-426-4791). Source Water Assessment A Source Water Assessment summary is included below for your conve- nience. valued We want our 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 Meet- ings are held on the second and fourth Tuesdays, at City Hall, commencing at 6:30 PM. The source water assessment for our supply hasbeen 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 217-72-3222. To view a summary version of the completed Source Water AssessmentS, including: Importance of Source Water; Susceptibility to Contamination Determination; and documentationrecommendation of Source Water Protection Efforts, you may access the Illinois EPA website at 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 nomber of criteria including: monitoring conducted at the wells, monitoring conducted at the entry point to the distribution system, and the available hydrogeologic data oh the wells. The Illinois Environmental Protection Act established minimum protection 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 community wells Was delineated. This is the geographic area sur- rounding a well or well field providing potable water to a community water supply as modeled using 2009 Regulated Contaminants Detected co.o.. Bacteria Maximum Contaminant Total Coliform Maximum Highest No. of Positive Fecal Coliform or Level Goal Contaminant Level E. Coil Maximum Contaminant Level t positive 0 monthly sample. 1 computer software to determine a five-year time of travel. From community wells #4, #5 and #6 this recharge area extends approximat$1y 3,300 feet to the east with a maximum 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 municipal officials the opportunity to provide additional potential source prohibitions up to 1,000 feet from their wells. To further minimize the risk to {he Mr. Pulaski water supply, the Illinois EPA recommends four activities be assessed. First, the community should consider enacting a maximum setback zonethat includes well #3. Second, Mt. Pulaski may wish to revisit their contingency planning documents in order to ensure the plans ar6 kept current and the water department and emergency response staff are aware of, and adequately trained to implement, emergency procedures. Contingency planning documents are a primary means to ensure that, through emergency prepared- ness, 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 con- " nection 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 protection 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. Specifi- cally, these management options should include potential effects from non-point sources related to agricultural'land uses. Total No. of Positive E. Coil or Fecal Coliform Samples 0 VlolaUon N Likely Source of Contamination Naturally present in the environment. 2009 Regulated Contaminants Detected Lead and Copper Date Sampled: 07118/2007 Definitions: Action Level (AL): The concentration of a contaminant Which, if exceeded, triggers treatment or other requirements which a water system must follow. Action Level Goal (ALG): The level of a contaminant in drinking water below which there is no known or expected risk to health. ALG's allow for a margin of safety. Lead MCLG Lead Action Level (AL) Lead 90th Percentile # Sites Over Lead AL Copper MCLG Copper Action Copper 90th Percentile Level (AL) 0 15 ppb 2 ppb 0 1.3 ppm 1:3 ppm 0.23 ppm NO VIOLATIONS # Sites Over Copper AL 0 Likely Source of Contamination 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 waier. 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 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. Definitions: The following tables contain scientific terms and measures, some of which may require explanation. Likely Source Of Contaminant LEAD - Corrosion of household plumbing systems; Erosion of natural deposits COPPER - Erosion of natural deposits; Leaching from wood preservatives; Corrosion of household plumbing systems. Disinfectants & Disinfection By Products and Inorganic Contaminants Collection Date Highest Level Range of MCLG MCL Units Violation Chlorine Detected Levels Detected MRDLG=4 MRDL=4 ppm NO TTHMs [Total 7/13/2007 " 0.22 0.19 - 0.22 NOT APPLICABLE 80 ppb NO Trihalomethanes] 11.16 11.16- 11,16 Barium 4/11/2008 0,072 0,072 - 0.072 2 2 ppm NO Iron 4/1112008 0.01 0.0t - 0.01 1.0 1.0 ppm NO Manganese 100 2 - 160 150 150 ppb NO Nitrate (as N) 4 - 4.2 - 4.2 10 1.0 ppm NO Sodium 4/11/2008 12 12 - 12 ppm NO Zinc .4/11/2008 0.027 0.027 - 0.027 5 5 ppm NO chlorination Chlorine Water additive used to Barium Discharge of drilling waste; Manganese Erosion of natural Nitrate (As N) Runoff from fertil- Sodium Erosion from naturally c4bqtrolmicrobes Dlschargefrommetatreflneries;Ero- deposits. 'zeruse;LeachJngfromseptictanks, occurlng deposits in watsr softener TTHMs [Total Trlhalometh- sion of natural deposits sewage; Erosion of(mitul'afdeposits, regenerattoll L " anes] By.product of drinking water Iron Erosion of natura|deposits. Zinc Naturally occuring; discharge from manufactories from metal facto- rise. Note: Total Trlhalometltanes - Not all sample results may ttave been used for calculating the Highest Level Detected because some results may be irl :aN evaluation to dermine where complk=sampling shoulc[_: occur in the future. . t  . : regula/,''Sin,esp hours .... '': Pulaski