2018 Consumer Confidence Report for Public Water System CITY OF WOLFFORTH
|This is your water quality report for January 1 to December 31, 2018||For more information regarding this report contact:|
|CITY OF WOLFFORTH provides ground water from the Ogallala Aquifer located in Wolfforth, Lubbock County, Texas.||Name: Doug Hutcheson|
Phone: (806) 855-4120
Este reporte incluye información importante sobre el agua para tomar. Para asistencia en español, favor de llamar al telefono (806) 855-4120.
In the water loss audit submitted to the Texas Water Development Board for the time period Jan-Dec 2018, our system lost an estimated 50,471 gallons of water. Water loss is primarily due to the EDR treatment plant waste, flushing dead ends and water used by fire services. If you have any questions about the water loss audit please call Doug Hutcheson at (806)855-4120.
System Name: City of Wolfforth
Phone Number: (806) 855-4120
Contact: Doug Hutcheson
For public comments/participation: Please call City Hall at (806) 855-4120 to request inclusion on the Council Agenda.
Definitions and Abbreviations
|Definitions and Abbreviations||The following tables contain scientific terms and measures, some of which may require explanation.|
|Action Level:||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. ALGs allow for a margin of safety.|
|Avg:||Regulatory compliance with some MCLs are based on running annual average of monthly samples.|
|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.|
|Level 2 Assessment:||A Level 2 assessment is a very detailed study of the water system to identify potential problems and determine (if possible) why an E. coli MCL violation has occurred and/or why total coliform bacteria have been found in our water system on multiple occasions.|
|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)|
|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)|
Definitions and Abbreviations
|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.|
|ppq||parts per quadrillion, or picograms per liter (pg/L)|
|ppt||parts per trillion, or nanograms per liter (ng/L)|
|Treatment Technique or TT:||A required process intended to reduce the level of a contaminant in drinking water.|
Information about your 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.
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.
This is an alert about your drinking water and a cosmetic dental problem that might affect children under nine years of age. At low levels, fluoride can help prevent cavities, but children drinking water containing more than 2 milligrams per liter (mg/L) of fluoride may develop cosmetic discoloration of their permanent teeth (dental fluorosis). The drinking water provided by your community water system City of Wolfforth has a fluoride concentration of 3.5 mg/L.
Dental fluorosis, in its moderate or severe forms, may result in a brown staining and/or pitting of the permanent teeth. This problem occurs only in developing teeth, before they erupt from the gums. Children under nine should be provided with alternative sources of drinking water or water that has been treated to remove the fluoride to avoid the possibility of staining and pitting of their permanent teeth. You may also want to contact your dentist about proper use by young children of fluoride-containing products. Older children and adults may safely drink the water.
For more information, please call Doug Hutcheson of City of Wolfforth at (806) 855-4120. Some home water treatment units are also available to remove fluoride from drinking water. To learn more about available home water treatment units, you may call NSF International at 1-877-8-NSF-HELP.
Information about Source Water
‘TCEQ completed an assessment of your source water, and results indicate that some of our sources are susceptible to certain contaminants. The sampling requirements for your water system is based on this susceptibility and previous sample data. Any detections of these contaminants will 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.
|Lead and Copper||Date Sampled||MCLG||Action Level (AL)||90th Percentile||# Sites Over AL||Units||Violation||Likely Source of Contamination|
|Copper||2018||1.3||1.3||0.368||0||ppm||N||Erosion of natural deposits; Leaching from wood preservatives; Corrosion of household plumbing systems.|
|Lead||2018||0||15||1.04||0||ppb||N||Corrosion of household plumbing systems; Erosion of natural deposits.|
2018 Water Quality Test Results
|Disinfection By-Products||Collection Date||Highest Level Detected||Range of Individual Samples||MCLG||MCL||Units||Violation||Likely Source of Contamination|
|Haloacetic Acids (HAA5)||2018||14||13.9 – 13.9||No goal for the total||60||ppb||N||By-product of drinking water disinfection.|
‘* The value in the Highest Level or Average Detected column is the highest average of all HAA5 sample results collected at a location over a year’
|Total Trihalomethanes (TTHM)||2018||11||10.6 – 10.6||No goal for the total||80||ppb||N||By-product of drinking water disinfection.|
‘* The value in the Highest Level or Average Detected column is the highest average of all TTHM sample results collected at a location over a year’
|Inorganic Contaminants||Collection Date||Highest Level Detected||Range of Individual Samples||MCLG||MCL||Units||Violation||Likely Source of Contamination|
|Arsenic||2018||6||5.28 – 6.67||0||10||ppb||N||Erosion of natural deposits; Runoff from orchards; Runoff from glass and electronics production wastes.|
While your drinking water meets EPA standards for arsenic, it does contain low levels of arsenic. EPAs standard balances the current understanding of arsenics possible health effects against the costs of removing arsenic from drinking water. EPA continues to research the health effects of low levels of arsenic, which is a mineral known to cause cancer in humans at high concentrations and is linked to other health effects such as skin damage and circulatory problems.
|Barium||11/30/2017||0.015||0.015 – 0.015||2||2||ppm||N||Discharge of drilling wastes; Discharge from metal refineries; 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||2018||3.5||3.32 – 3.52||4||4.0||ppm||N||Erosion of natural deposits; Water additive which promotes strong teeth; Discharge from fertilizer and aluminum factories.|
|Nitrate [measured as Nitrogen]||2018||2||2 – 2||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||11/30/2017||5.2||5.2 – 5.2||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 Individual Samples||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||2||0 – 2||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.|
A blank disinfectant residual table has been added to the CCR template, you will need to add data to the fields. Your data can be taken off the Disinfectant Level Quarterly Operating Reports (DLQOR).‘
|Disinfectant Residual||Year||Average Level||Range of Levels Detected||MRDL||MRDLG||Unit of Measure||Violation (Y/N)||Source in Drinking Water|
|Chlorine (Free)||2018||.49||.2 to .91||4||4||Mg/L||ppm||Water additive used to control microbes.|
The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) has notified the CITY OF WOLFFORTH, TX1520005 that the drinking water being supplied to customers has exceeded the Secondary Constituent Level (SCL) of 2.0 mg/L for fluoride.
This is an alert about your drinking water and a cosmetic dental problem that might affect children under nine years of age. At low levels, fluoride can help prevent cavities, but children drinking water containing more than 2 milligrams per liter (mg/L) of fluoride may develop cosmetic discoloration of their permanent teeth (dental fluorosis). The drinking water provided by your community water system CITY OF WOLFFORTH has a fluoride concentration of 3.5 mg/L.
Dental fluorosis, in its moderate or severe forms, may result in a brown staining and/or pitting of the permanent teeth. This problem occurs only in developing teeth, before they erupt from the gums. Children under nine should be provided with alternate sources of drinking water or water that has been treated to remove the fluoride to avoid the possibility of staining and pitting of their permanent teeth. You may also want to contact your dentist about proper use by young children of fluoride containing products. Older children and adults may safely drink the water.
Drinking water containing more than 4 mg/L of fluoride, (the U.S Environmental Protection Agency’s drinking water standard) can increase your risk of developing bone disease. Your drinking water does not contain more than 4 mg/L of fluoride, but we are required to notify you when we discover that the fluoride levels in your drinking water exceed 2 mg/L because of this cosmetic dental problem.
For more information, please call Doug Hutcheson of CITY OF WOLFFORTH at 806-855-4120. Some home water treatment units are also available to remove fluoride from drinking water.
The City is working to improve the efficiency of the EDR plant and the blending of water to reduce the fluoride. We are also searching for alternative sources of water. We expect to return to compliance in 2020.
Quarter 1 2018 level was 3.52
Quarter 2 2018 level was 3.5
Quarter 3 2018 level was 3.51
Quarter 4 2018 level was 3.32
Quarter 1 2019 level was 3.71