THE BOROUGH OF RIDGWAY

 

108 Main St.

Ridgway, Pa. 15853 

RIDGWAY WATER TREATMENT PLANT

TREATS, FILTERS AND PUMPS POTABLE WATER INTO THE BOROUGH WATER DISTRIBUTION SYSTEM

 

 

H.B. NORTON DAM

272,000,000 gallons of source water

LAUREL MILL RESERVOIR

1,500,000 gallons

MONTMORENCI STORAGE TANK

125,000 Gallons

WATER TREATMENT PLANT

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H.B. NORTON DAM

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2015 ANNUAL DRINKING WATER QUALITY REPORT

 

 

PWSID #:  6240012     NAME:  RIDGWAY BOROUGH WATER SYSTEM

 

Este informe contiene información importante acerca de su agua potable. Haga que alguien lo traduzca para usted, ó hable con alguien que lo entienda. (This report contains important information about your drinking water. Have someone translate it for you, or speak with someone who understands it.)

WATER SYSTEM INFORMATION:

This report shows our water quality and what it means. If you have any questions about this report or concerns about the quality of your water, please contact Rick McKnight at 772-3251. We want you to be informed about your water supply. If you want to learn more, please attend any of our regularly scheduled meetings. They are held on the third Monday of the month at 7:00 at the Ridgway Borough Municipal Building.

 

SOURCE(S) OF WATER:

Our source is surface water from H.B. Norton Dam located on Big Mill Creek in the Allegheny National Forest.


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 drinking 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 Hotline (800-426-4791).

 

Monitoring Your Water:

We routinely monitor for contaminants in your drinking water according to federal and state laws. A Source Water Protection Plan was also done in 2012. The following tables show the results of our monitoring for the period of January 1 to December 31, 2015. The State allows us to monitor for some contaminants less than once per year because the concentrations do not change frequently. Some of our data is from prior years in accordance with the Safe Drinking Water Act. The date has been noted on the sampling results table.

DEFINITIONS:

Action Level (AL)- The concentration of a contaminant which, if exceeded, triggers treatment or other requirements which a water system must follow.

Maximum Contaminant Level (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 (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 (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 (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.

Minimum Residual Disinfectant Level (MinRDL) - The minimum level of residual disinfectant required at the entry point to the distribution system.

Treatment Technique (TT)- A required process intended to reduce the level of a contaminant in drinking water.

ppm= parts per million, or milligrams per liter (mg/L)

ppb= parts per billion, or micrograms per liter (μg/L)

 


DETECTED SAMPLE RESULTS:

 


Chemical Contaminants

Contaminant

MCL in CCR Units

MCLG

Level Detected

Range of Detections

Units

Sample Date

Violation Y/N

Sources of Contamination

CHLORINE

MRDL= 4

MRDL= 4

0.29

0.11 – 0.26

ppm

11/15

N

 Water Additive used to control microbes.

FLUORIDE

2

4

0.74

 -

ppm

2015

N

Water additive used to promote strong teeth.

TTHM

80

N/A

44

11 - 73

ppb

2015

N

By-product of drinking water disinfection.

HAA5

60

N/A

25

1 - 58

ppb

2015

N

By-product of drinking water disinfection

BARIUM

2

2

0.039

-

ppm

2015

N

Drilling wastes  and erosion of natural deposits .

NITRATE

10

10

< 0.10

-

ppm

2015

N

Erosion of natural deposits.


 


Entry Point Disinfectant Residual

Contaminant

Minimum Disinfectant

Residual

Lowest

Level Detected

Range of Detections

Units

Sample Date

Violation Y/N

Sources of Contamination

CHLORINE

0.2

0.3

0.3 – 1.25

ppm

03/07/15

N

Water additive used to control microbes.


 


 


Lead and Copper

Contaminant

Action Level (AL)

MCLG

90th Percentile Value

Units

# of Sites Above AL of Total Sites

Violation Y/N

Sources of

Contamination

LEAD

15

0

0

ppb

0 out of 20

N

Corrosion of household plumbing.

COPPER

1.3

1.3

0.154

ppm

0 out of 20

N

Corrosion of household plumbing.


 



 


Microbial

Contaminants

MCL

MCLG

Highest # or % of Positive Samples

Violation

Y/N

Sources of Contamination

TOTAL COLIFORM

BACTERIA

For systems that collect <40 samples/month:

·     More than 1 positive monthly sample

For systems that collect ≥ 40 samples/month:

·     5% of monthly samples are positive

0

0

       N

Naturally present in the environment.


 


 


Turbidity

Contaminant

MCL

MCLG

Level Detected

Sample

Date

Violation

Y/N

Source of Contamination

TURBIDITY

TT=1 NTU for a single measurement

0

0.22

10/08/15

N

Soil runoff.

TT= at least 95% of monthly samples<0.3 NTU

100%

2015

N


 


Total Organic Carbon (TOC)

Contaminant

Range of % Removal Required

Range of percent removal achieved

Number of quarters out of compliance

Violation Y/N

Sources of Contamination

TOC

35%

38.8% to 61.0%

N

N

Naturally present in the environment.


 


EDUCATIONAL INFORMATION:


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. 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 stormwater run-off, 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 stormwater 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 stormwater runoff, and septic systems.


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


MONITORING VIOLATION:


Water plant personnel took there regularly scheduled HAA5s samples on August 7 and they were delivered to Analytical Services for testing. On August 26 we were notified that the subcontracted lab Analytical Services uses lost the sample. DEP notified us that this was a violation and we have to post and send the TIER 3 notice with are in the CCR Report. We took another sample on August 27 and delivered it to the lab. The results for HAA5s samples are always under the maximum contaminant level and these were also.


In order to ensure that tap water is safe to drink, EPA and DEP prescribes regulations which limit the amount of certain contaminants in water provided by public water systems. FDA and DEP regulations establish limits for contaminants in bottled water which must provide the same protection for public health.


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 Environmental Protection Agency’s Safe Drinking Water Hotline (800-426-4791).


Last year, as in years past, your tap water met all EPA and state drinking water health standards.  Ridgway Borough Water System vigilantly safeguards its water supplies and, once again, we are proud to report that our system has never violated a maximum contaminant level or any other water quality standard.


 


 



3800-FM-WSFR0196    Rev. 7/2009


IMPORTANT INFORMATION ABOUT YOUR DRINKING WATER


ESTE INFORME CONTIENE INFORMACION IMPORTANTE ACERCA DE SU AGUA POTABLE. HAGA QUE


ALGUIEN LO TRADUZCA PARA USTED, O HABLE CON ALGUIEN QUE LO ENTIENDA.


Monitoring Requirements Not Met for Ridgway Borough

 

Our water system violated a drinking water standard over the past year. Even though these were not emergencies, as our customers, you have a right to know what happened and what we did to correct these situations.


We are required to monitor your drinking water for specific contaminants on a regular basis. Results of regular monitoring are an indicator of whether or not our drinking water meets health standards. During August 4-10, 2015 we failed to monitor HAA5s and therefore cannot be sure of the quality of our drinking water during that time.


What should I do?


 There is nothing you need to do at this time.


The table below lists the contaminant(s) we did not properly test for during the last year, how often we are supposed to sample for HAA5s  and how many samples we are supposed to take, how many samples we took, when samples should have been taken, and the date on which follow-up samples were (or will be) taken.


 

 

Contaminant

Required

sampling

frequency

 

Number of

samples taken

When all samples

should have

been taken

When samples

were or will

be taken

 

Haloacetic

Acids (HAA5s)

 

 

1 sample quarterly

at 2 locations

 

1

 

Within three days

before or after the

specific date of

August 7, 2015.

 

8/27/2015

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 What happened?  What was done?


This was not the fault of The Ridgway Borough. Two samples were taken and delivered to an independent lab in the specified time frame. The independent lab mishandled one of the samples resulting in a violation for failure to meet the time deadline with DEP. A new sample was immediately retaken and was negative for any contaminates.


For more information, please contact Rick McKnight at 814-772-3251


Please share this information with all the other people who drink this water, especially those who may not have received this notice directly (for example, people in apartments, nursing homes, schools, and businesses). You can do this by posting this notice in a public place or distributing copies by hand or mail.


This notice is being sent to you Ridgway Borough


PWS ID# 6240012                                                                             Date distributed:  6-6-2016