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Annual Drinking Water Annual Water Quality Report for the period of January I to December 31, 2010 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 tills report contact: Name: Mike Patridge Phone: 217-792-3222 Este informe contiene informacibn muy impor- tante sobre el agua que usted bebe. Traddzcalo 6 hable con alguien que Io entlenda b,en. Source of Drinking Water The sources of drinking water (both tap water and bottled water) include rivers, lakes, streams, ponds, reservoirs, springs, and groundwater Quality Report wells, As water travels over the surface of the land or through the ground, it dissolves naturally-occurdng minerals and, in some cases, radioactive mate- rial, and can pickup substances result- ing 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 sys- tems, agricultural livestock operations and wildlife. Inorganic contaminants, such as salts and metals, which can be naturally occurring or restlt from urban storm water runoff, industrial, or domestic wastewater discharges, oil and gas production, mining, or farm- ing. Pesticides and herbicides, which may come from a variety of sources such as agriculture, urban storm water runoff, and residential uses. Organic MOUNT PULASKI IL1070400 chemical contaminants, including syn- thetic 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 contaminants, which can be naturally-occurring or be the result of oil and gas production and mining activities. Ddnking water, including bottled water, may reasonably be expected to con- tain at least small amounts of some contaminants. The presence of con- taminants 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 publi# water sys- tems. FDA regulations establish limits for 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 popu- lation. Immuno-compremised persons such as persons with cancer undergo- ing chemotherapy, persons who have undergone organ transplants, people with HIV/AIDS or other immune system disorders, some eldedy and infants can be particularly at risk from infections. These people should seek advice about drinking water from their health 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). 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 compo- nents associated with service lines and home plumbing. We cannot control the vanety 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 ddnking or cooking. If you are concerned aboul 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 Hotline or at http;// water Source Water Assessment A Source Water To determine Mt. Pulaski's susceptibility to ground- well or well field providing potable water to acom- and adequately trained to implement, emergency Assessment summary is included below for water contamination aWelISite Survey, published munity water supply as modeled using computer procedures. your convenience in 1989, was reviewe(t During the survey of Mt. software to determine a five-year time of travel Contingency planning documents are a primary We want our valued customers to be informed Pulaski's source water protection area, Illinois From community wells #4, #5 and #6 this recharge means to ensure that, through emergency pre- about their water quality. If you would like to learn EPA staff recorded two potential sources, routes, area extends approximately 3,300 feet to the east paredness, a water supply wilt minimize their dsk more, please feel welcome to attend any of our or possible problems site within the 400 foot with a maximum breadth of approximately 1,500 of being without safe and adequate water. Third, it regularly scheduled meetings. Our City Counci L minimum setback zone of wells #3. #4, #5 and feet. As authorized by the Illinois Environmental is encouraged that Mt. Pulaski adopt a cross con- Meetings are held on the second and fourth Tues- #6. These sources are sand and gravel pits. The Protection Act, the city (or county) enacted a "max- nection control ordinance or revisit their cross con- days, at City Hall, commencing at 6:30 PM. Illinois EPA has determined that Mt. Pulaski's wells imum setback zone ordinance" for wells #4. #5 and nection control ordinance to ensure that it is up to The source water assessment for our supply are susceptible to OC and SOC contamination. #6 which allows county and municipal officials the date. Cross connections to either the water treat- has been completed by the Illinois EPA. If you This determination is based on a number of criteria opportunity to provide additional potential source ment plant (for example, at bulk water loading sta- would like a copy of this information, please stop including.: monitoring conducted at the wells, mona- prohibitions up to 1,000 feet from their wells. To tions) or in the distribution system may negate all by City Hall or call our water operator at 217- toring conducted at the entry point to the distdbu- further minimize the risk to the Mr. Pulaski water source water protection initiatives provided by the 792-3222. To view a summary version of the tion system,, and the available hydrogeologic data supply, the Illinois EPA recommends four activities supply. Finally, the Illinois EPA recommends that completed Source Water Assessments, including: on the wells. The Illinois Environmental Protection be assessed. Mt. Pulaski continue to evaluate additional source Importance of Source Water; Susceptibility to Act established minimum protection zones of 400 First. the community should consider enacting water protectioh management options to address Contamination Determination;and documentation1 feet for Mr. Pulaski's active community water a maximum setback zone that includes well #3. th regulatory and non-regulatory land use activi- recommendation of Source Water Protection supply wells. These minimum protection zones are Second. Mt. Pulaski may wish to revisit their con- ties within the community wells' recharge area. Efforts. you may access the Illinois EPA website regulated by the Illinois EPA. A 5-year recharge tingency planning documents in order to ensure Specifically, these management options should at area for the active community wells was delin- the plans are kept current and the water depart- include potential effects from non-point sources, eared. This is the geographic area surrounding a ment and emergency response staff are aware of, related to agricultural land uses. 2010 Regulated Contaminants Detected Lead and Copper Definitions: Action Level (ALG): The level of a contaminant in ddnking 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 con- taminant which, if exceeded, tdggers 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 1.3 1.3 0.0077 0 ppm N Erosion of natural deposits; Leaching from wood preservatives; Corrosion of household plumbing Water Quality Test Results systems, 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 highest level of a disinfectant allowed in ddnking water. There is convincing evidence that addition of a disinfectant is necessary for control of microbial contami- nants. Definitions: The following tables contain scientific terms and measures, some of which may require explanation.ppb: micrograms per liter or parts per billion - or one ounce in 7,350,000 gallons of water, na: Not Appli- cable. Avg.: Regulatory compliance with some MCLs are based on running annual average of monthly samples, ppm: 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 Chlorine 0.2 0.19 - 0.22 MRDLG = 4 MRDL = 4 ppm N Water additive used to control microbes. Total Tdhalomethanes (N'hm)* 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 fo" calculating the Highest level Detected because some results may be part of an evaluation to determine where compliance sampling should occur in the future. Inorganic Contaminants Collection Date Highest Level Detected Range of Levels Detected MCLG MCL Units Violation Likely Source of Contamination Badum 04/11/2008 0,072 0.072 - 0.072 2 2 ppm N Discharge of drilling waste; Discharge from metal refineries; Erosion of natural deposits. Iron 0411112008 0.01 0.01 - 0.01 1,0 ppm N This contaminant is not currently regulated by the USEPA. However, the state regulates. Erosion nartural deposits. Manganese 1111612009 160 160 - 160 150 150 ppm N This contaminant is not currently regulated by the USEPA. However, the state regulates. Erosion nartural deposits. Nitrate (Measured as Nitrogen) - Nitrate in drinking water 9 6.9 - 9.4 10 10 ppm N Runoff from fertilizer use; Leaching from septic at levels above 10 ppm is a health risk for infants of less tanks, sewage; Erosion of natural deposits. 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 agdcultural activity. If you are caring for an infant you should seek advice from your health provider. Sodium 04111/2008 12 12 - 12 ppm N Erosion from naturally occuring deposits; Used in water softener regeneration. Zinc 04/11/2008 0.027 0.027 - 0.027 5 5 ppm N This contaminant is not currently regulated by the USEPA. However, the state regulates. Naturally occunng; discharge from metal. Radioactive Contaminants Collection Date Highest Level Detected Range of Levels Detected MCLG MCL Units Viiolation Likely Source of Contaminant Combined Radium 2261228 1.43 1.43 - 1.43 0 5 pCilL 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 beckroom of City Hall and commence at 6:30 pro. 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. 12 Mt. Pulaski Times June 30, 2011