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2016

Consumer Confidence Report

Annual Water Quality Report for the period of January 1 to December 31, 2016

 

This report is intended to provide you with important information about your drinking water and the efforts made by the water system to provide safe drinking water.

 

Citizens have the opportunity to attend bi-monthly council meetings on the first and third Mondays of each month at 6 p.m.  Prior arrangements must be made with City Hall to appear on the agenda.  Please call (806)855-4120 to be placed on the agenda. 

 

For more information regarding this report contact:

Name Doug Hutcheson

Phone  (806) 855-4120

Este reporte incluye informaci￿mportante sobre el agua para tomar. Para asistencia en espa￿ favor de llamar al telefono (806)855-4120.

 

 

IRRIGATION SCHEDULE

Sunday

Monday

Tuesday

Wed

Thursday

Friday

Saturday

EVEN

 

Begin Saturday after 8:00 p.m.

 Turn off no later than 10:00 a.m.

 

 

ODD

 

Begin Tuesday after 8:00 p.m.

Turn off no later than 10:00 a.m.

EVEN

 

Begin Wednesday after 8:00 p.m.

Turn off no later than 10:00 a.m.

 

ODD

 

Begin Friday after 8:00 p.m

Turn off no later than 10:00 a.m.

 

 

 

 

 

Sources of Drinking Water

The sources of drinking water (both tap water and bottled water) include rivers, lakes, streams, ponds, reservoirs, springs, and 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 pick up substances resulting from the presence of animals or from human activity.

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 water poses a health risk. More information about contaminants and potential health effects can be obtained by calling the EPAs Safe Drinking Water Hotline at (800) 426-4791.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

CITY OF WOLFFORTH

is Ground Water

 

 

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 bottled water which must provide the same protection for public health.

Contaminants may be found in drinking water that may cause taste, color, or odor problems. These types of problems are not necessarily causes for health concerns.  For more information on taste, odor, or color of drinking water, please contact the system's business office.

You may be more vulnerable than the general population to certain microbial contaminants, such as Cryptosporidium, in drinking water. Infants, some elderly, or immunocompromised persons such as those undergoing chemotherapy for cancer; persons who have undergone organ transplants; those who are undergoing treatment with steroids; and people with HIV/AIDS or other immune system disorders, can be particularly at risk from infections. You should seek advice about drinking water from your physician or health care providers Additional guidelines on appropriate means to lessen the risk of infection by Cryptosporidium 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 components associated with service lines and home plumbing. We are responsible for providing high quality drinking water, but 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 concerned 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 Safe Drinking Water Hotline or at http://www.epa.gov/safewater/lead.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Information about Source Water Assessments

 

A Source Water Susceptibility Assessment for your drinking water source(s) is currently being updated by the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality. This information describes the susceptibility and types of constituents that may come into contact with your drinking water source based on human activities and natural conditions. The information contained in the assessment allows us to focus source water protection strategies.

 The TCEQ completed an assessment of your source water and results indicate that some of your sources are susceptible to certain contaminants.  The sampling requirements for your water system are based on this susceptibility and previous sample data.  Any detections of these contaminants may be found in this Consumer Confidence Report.  For more information on source water assessments and protection efforts at our system, contact Doug Hutcheson at (806) 855-4120.00

For more information about your sources of water, please refer to the Source Water Assessment Viewer available at the following URL: http://gis3.tceq.state.tx.us/swav/Controller/index.jsp?wtrsrc=

Further details about sources and source-water assessments are available in Drinking Water Watch at the following URL:  http://dww.tceq.texas.gov/DWW

 

Source Water Name

 

Type of Water

Report Status

Location

1 - 3207 E 5TH ST

3207 E 5TH ST

GW

Active

Ogallala Aquifer

10 - 9TH ST (S OF SCHOOL)

9TH ST (S OF SCHOOL)

GW

Active

Ogallala Aquifer

11 - W OF GST

W OF GST

GW

Active

Ogallala Aquifer

12 - PUMP STATION YARD

PUMP STATION YARD

GW

Active

Ogallala Aquifer

13 - 825 9TH ST

825 9TH ST

GW

Active

Ogallala Aquifer

14

 

GW

 

 

15

 

GW

 

 

16

 

GW

 

 

17

 

GW

 

 

2 - 502 5TH

502 5TH

GW

Active

Ogallala Aquifer

3 - 900 BLK OF W 5TH ST

900 BLK OF W 5TH ST

GW

Active

Ogallala Aquifer

4 - 400 BLK OF MAIN ST

400 BLK OF MAIN ST

GW

Active

Ogallala Aquifer

5 - 800 BLK OF MAIN ST

800 BLK OF MAIN ST

GW

Active

Ogallala Aquifer

7 - CRESTRIDGE ADDITION

CRESTRIDGE ADDITION

GW

Active

Ogallala Aquifer

8 - FM 179 / 20TH ST

FM 179 / 20TH ST

GW

Active

Ogallala Aquifer

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

      2016 WATER QUALITY DATA

Disinfectants and Disinfection By-Products

Collection Date

Highest Level Detected

Range of Levels Detected

MCLG

MCL

Units

Violation

Likely Source of Contamination

Haloacetic Acids (HAA5)

2016

2

2.1 - 2.1

No goal for the total

60

ppb

N

By-product of drinking water disinfection.

Total Trihalomethanes (TTHM)

2016

5

5.15 - 5.15

No goal for the total

80

ppb

N

By-product of drinking water disinfection.

Inorganic Contaminants

Collection Date

Highest Level Detected

Range of Levels Detected

MCLG

MCL

Units

Violation

Likely Source of Contamination

Arsenic

2016

14

7.8 - 15

0

10

ppb

Y

Erosion of natural deposits; Runoff from orchards; Runoff from glass and electronics production wastes.

Barium

03/26/2014

0.025

0.025 - 0.025

2

2

ppm

N

Discharge of drilling wastes; Discharge from metal refineries; Erosion of natural deposits.

Chromium

03/26/2014

16

16 - 16

100

100

ppb

N

Discharge from steel and pulp mills; Erosion of natural deposits.

Cyanide

03/26/2014

6.99

6.99 - 6.99

200

200

ppb

N

Discharge from plastic and fertilizer factories; Discharge from steel/metal factories.

Fluoride

2016

5.2

4.69 - 5.45

4

4.0

ppm

Y

Erosion of natural deposits; Water additive which promotes strong teeth; Discharge from fertilizer and aluminum factories.

Nitrate [measured as Nitrogen]

2016

4

3.95 - 4.07

10

10

ppm

N

Runoff from fertilizer use; Leaching from septic tanks, sewage; Erosion of natural deposits.

Nitrite [measured as Nitrogen]

03/16/2015

0.0685

0 - 0.0685

1

1

ppm

N

Runoff from fertilizer use; Leaching from septic tanks, sewage; Erosion of natural deposits.

Selenium

03/26/2014

21

21 - 21

50

50

ppb

N

Discharge from petroleum and metal refineries; Erosion of natural deposits; Discharge from mines.

Radioactive Contaminants

Collection Date

Highest Level Detected

Range of Levels Detected

MCLG

MCL

Units

Violation

Likely Source of Contamination

Beta/photon emitters

01/30/2014

16.5

15.2-16.5

0

50

      pCi/L*

N

Decay of natural and man-made deposits.

*EPA considers 50 pCi/L to be the level of concern for beta particles.

 

Gross alpha excluding radon and uranium

01/30/2014

11.1

0 - 11.1

0

15

pCi/L

N

Erosion of natural deposits.

Uranium

01/30/2014

15.7

10.3 - 15.7

0

30

ug/l

N

Erosion of natural deposits.

Synthetic organic contaminants including pesticides and herbicides

Collection Date

Highest Level Detected

Range of Levels Detected

MCLG

MCL

Units

Violation

Likely Source of Contamination

Di (2-ethylhexyl) phthalate

2016

0.5

0 - 0.5

0

6

ppb

N

Discharge from rubber and chemical factories.

 

 

Lead and Copper definitions:

Action Level Goal (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 (AL): 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

2016

1.3

1.3

0.29

0

ppm

N

Erosion of natural deposits; leaching from wood preservatives; corrosion of household plumbing systems.

 

Disinfectant Use:

Disinfectant

Year

Average level

Minimum level

Maximum level

MRDL

MRDLG

Unit of Measure

Violation(Y/N)

Likely source of contamination

Chlorine

2016

.38

.21

.69

4

4

ppm

N

Water additive to control microbes.

 

The tables in this report contain scientific terms and measures, some of which may require explanation.

￿          Avg. - Regulatory compliance with some MCLs are based on running annual average of monthly samples

￿          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

￿          Level 1 Assessment:  A Level 1 assessment is a study of the water system to identify potential problems and determine (if possible) why total coliform bacteria have been found in our water system.

￿          Maximum Contaminant Level Goal of MCLG: The level of contamination in drinking water below which there is no known or expected risk to health. MCLGs allow for a margin of safety.

￿          Level 2 Assessment: A level

￿          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.

￿          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

￿          MFL: million fibers per liter (a measure of asbestos)

￿          na: not applicable

￿          mrem: millirems per year (a measure of radiation absorbed by the body)

￿          NTU: nephelometric turbidity units (a measure of turbidity)

￿          pCi/L:  picocuries per liter (a measure of radioactivity)

￿          ppb: micrograms per liter or parts per billion - or one ounce in 7,350,000 gallons of water.

￿          ppm: milligrams per liter or parts per million - or one ounce in 7,350 gallons of water.

￿          Treatment Technique or TT: A required process intended to reduce the level of a contaminant in drinking water.

￿          ppt: parts per trillion, or nanograms per liter (ng/L)

￿          ppg: parts per quadrillion, or picograms per liter (pg/L)

Violations Table

Arsenic

Some people who drink water containing arsenic in excess of the MCL over many years could experience skin damage or problems with their circulatory system, and may have an increased risk of getting cancer.

Violation Type

Violation Begin

Violation End

Violation Explanation

MCL,  AVERAGE

01/01/2016

03/31/2016

Water samples showed that the amount of this contaminant in our drinking water was above its standard (called a maximum contaminant level and abbreviated MCL) for the period indicated.

MCL,  AVERAGE

04/01/2016

06/30/2016

Water samples showed that the amount of this contaminant in our drinking water was above its standard (called a maximum contaminant level and abbreviated MCL) for the period indicated.

MCL,  AVERAGE

07/01/2016

09/30/2016

Water samples showed that the amount of this contaminant in our drinking water was above its standard (called a maximum contaminant level and abbreviated MCL) for the period indicated.

MCL,  AVERAGE

10/01/2016

12/31/2016

Water samples showed that the amount of this contaminant in our drinking water was above its standard (called a maximum contaminant level and abbreviated MCL) for the period indicated.

 

Fluoride

Some people who drink water containing fluoride in excess of the MCL over many years could get bone disease, including pain and tenderness of the bones. Fluoride in drinking water at half the MCL or more may cause mottling of children￿s teeth, usually in children less than nine years old.  Mottling, also known as dental fluorosis, may include brown staining and/or pitting of teeth, and occurs only in developing teeth

Violation Type

Violation Begin

Violation End

Violation Explanation

MCL,  AVERAGE

01/01/2016

03/31/2016

Water samples showed that the amount of this contaminant in our drinking water was above its standard (called a maximum contaminant level and abbreviated MCL) for the period indicated.

MCL,  AVERAGE

04/01/2016

06/30/2016

Water samples showed that the amount of this contaminant in our drinking water was above its standard (called a maximum contaminant level and abbreviated MCL) for the period indicated.

MCL,  AVERAGE

07/01/2016

09/30/2016

Water samples showed that the amount of this contaminant in our drinking water was above its standard (called a maximum contaminant level and abbreviated MCL) for the period indicated.

MCL,  AVERAGE

10/01/2016

12/31/2016

Water samples showed that the amount of this contaminant in our drinking water was above its standard (called a maximum contaminant level and abbreviated MCL) for the period indicated.

 

The EDR plant has been running since May, 2017. TCEQ will require the City to continue to send out notices for Fluoride and Arsenic, for the following four quarters after obtaining a clear sample.  The arsenic has been reduced to a level that is difficult to measure.  We are working to get the fluoride level to between a 2 and 4 ppb to keep it at level recommended by the American Dental Assoc. and below TCEQ requirements.

 

Public Notification Rule

The Public Notification Rule helps to ensure that consumers will always know if there is a problem with their drinking water. These notices immediately alert consumers if there is a serious problem with their drinking water (e.g., a boil water emergency).

Violation Type

Violation Begin

Violation End

Violation Explanation

PUBLIC NOTICE RULE LINKED TO VIOLATION

12/16/2011

2016

We failed to adequately notify you, our drinking water consumers, about a violation of the drinking water regulations.

PUBLIC NOTICE RULE LINKED TO VIOLATION

07/02/2012

2016

We failed to adequately notify you, our drinking water consumers, about a violation of the drinking water regulations.

PUBLIC NOTICE RULE LINKED TO VIOLATION

 

12/25/2015

02/05/2016

We failed to adequately notify you, our drinking water consumers, about a violation of the drinking water regulations.

PUBLIC NOTICE RULE LINKED TO VIOLATION

03/07/2016

05/02/2016

We failed to adequately notify you, our drinking water consumers, about a violation of the drinking water regulations.

                 All notifications were mailed out per TCEQ regulations.  All mail is sent by certified mail and the city has the signed receipts from TCEQ.