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Annual Drinking Water Quality Report

 

TX1520005

 

CITY OF WOLFFORTH

 

Annual Water Quality Report for the period of January 1 to December 31, 2015

 

 

 

For more information regarding this report contact:

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

 

 

 

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.

CITY OF WOLFFORTH is Ground Water

 

 

 

 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 pickup 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.

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 discharges, 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 contaminants, which can be naturally-occurring or be the result of oil and gas production and mining activities.

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. 

            Disinfectant Residual Table:

Disinfectant

Year

Average level

Minimum Level

Maximum Level

MRDL

MRDLG

Unit of Measure

Violation (Y/N)

Likely source of contamination

Chlorine

2015

.39

.20

.70

4

4

Ppm

N

Water additive used to control microbes

          The source of the chemical (chlorine) is Airgas. 

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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

For more information about your sources of water, please refer to the Source Water Assessment Viewer available at the following URL:  http://www.tceq.texas.gov/gis/swaview

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

 

Further details about sources and source-water assessments are available in Drinking Water Watch at the following URL:  http://dww2.tceq.texas.gov/DWW/

 

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 detection of these contaminants may be found in this Consumer Confident Report.  For more information on source water assessments and protection efforts at our system, contact Doug Hutcheson.

 

 

2015

 

Regulated Contaminants Detected

 

 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:  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

08/22/2013

1.3

1.3                                    

0.306

0

ppm     

N

Erosion of natural deposits; Leaching from wood preservatives; Corrosion of household plumbing systems.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lead

08/22/2013

0

15                                     

1.86

0

ppb     

N

Corrosion of household plumbing systems; Erosion of natural deposits.

 

 

 

Water Quality Test Results

Definitions: 

 

The following tables 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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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 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.

 

 

 

 

NTU

 

nephelometric turbidity units (a measure of turbidity)

 

 

 

 

pCi/L

 

 

picocuries per liter (a measure of radioactivity)

 

 

 

Water Quality Test Results

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.

 

 

 

ppt

 

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

 

 

 

ppq

 

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

 Regulated Contaminants

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)*

2015

3

2.7 - 2.7

No goal for the total

60                                      

ppb     

N

By-product of drinking water disinfection.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Total Trihalomethanes (TTHM)

2015

11

10.6 - 10.6

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

2015

14

8.48 - 14.1

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

2015

5.2

4.78 - 5.38

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]

2015

4

2.32 - 3.74

10

10                                     

ppm     

N

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Nitrite [measured as Nitrogen]

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.

  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

01/01/2015

03/31/2015

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

04/01/2015

06/30/2015

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

07/01/2015

09/30/2015

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

10/01/2015

12/31/2015

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 electro dialysis treatment system (EDR) is under construction and will be operational by 2016.

The plant will remove the Arsenic, Fluoride and Uranium. All of the contaminants are naturally occurring. Until the plant is operational we will continue to provide RO water for children under 14.

 

Chlorine

Some people who use water containing chlorine well in excess of the MRDL could experience irritating effects to their eyes and nose.  Some people who drink water containing chlorine well in excess of the MRDL could experience stomach discomfort.

Violation Type

Violation Begin

Violation End

Violation Explanation

Disinfectant Level Quarterly Operating Report (DLQOR).

10/01/2015

12/31/2015

We failed to test our drinking water for the contaminant and period indicated. Because of this failure, we cannot be sure of the quality of our drinking water during the period indicated.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

                 We did not fail to test our drinking water.  We did not get the DLQOR submitted by the due date.  DLQOR will be submitted on time.

                            

 

 

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

 

01/01/2015

 

03/31/2015

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

 

04/01/2015

 

06/30/2015

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

 

07/01/2015

 

09/30/2015

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

10/01/2015

12/31/2015

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 electro dialysis treatment system (EDR) is under construction and will be operational by 2016.

The plant will remove the Arsenic, Fluoride and Uranium. All of the contaminants are naturally occurring. Until the plant is operational we will continue to provide RO water for children under 14.

  Violations Table

Lead and Copper Rule

The Lead and Copper Rule protects public health by minimizing lead and copper levels in drinking water, primarily by reducing water corrosivity. Lead and copper enter drinking water mainly from corrosion of lead and copper containing plumbing materials.

Violation Type

Violation Begin

Violation End

Violation Explanation

LEAD CONSUMER NOTICE (LCR)

12/30/2013

03/04/2015

We failed to provide the results of lead tap water monitoring to the consumers at the location water was tested. These were supposed to be provided no later than 30 days after learning the results.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

                     Samples were taken in the required time period.  We failed to notify the 20 households of their results after the sampling was completed.  Notices will be sent to the 20 sampling households.

 

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

2015

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

2015

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 Notification Rule: All notifications are mailed out per TCEQ regulations. All mail is sent by certified mail and the city has the signed receipts from TCEQ for timely submission.