BOROUGH OF SOMERSET
2013 Annual Drinking Water Quality Report

 

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We are pleased to present to you this year's Annual Drinking Water Quality Report. This report is designed to inform you about the quality water and services we deliver to you every day. Our constant goal is to provide you with a safe and dependable supply of drinking water. We want you to understand the efforts we make to continually improve the water treatment process and protect our water resources. We are committed to ensuring the quality of your water.

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WATER SYSTEM INFORMATION:

This report shows our water quality and what it means.  If you have any questions about this report or concerning your water utility, please contact Larry Kowatch, Superintendent and Chief Operator at (814) 445‐2111.  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 at the Somerset Borough Municipal Building.  

  • Somerset Borough Council meetings are held the fourth Monday of every month at 7:00 PM.
  • Somerset Municipal Water Authority meetings are held the third Monday of every month at 7:00 PM.

Call (814) 443-2661 for more information.

SOURCE(S) OF WATER:

Our water source(s) is/are: (Name-Type-Location)

  • Well #1 and Well #2   Well water   Shafer Run Road, Somerset, PA 15501 
  • Well #3   Well water   278 Beck Road, Somerset, PA 15501
  • Well #7, #8, #9            Well water   3518 Coxes Creek Road, Somerset, PA 15501

The Borough of Somerset purchases water from the Somerset County General Authority Water System, please review their “Annual Drinking Water Quality Report” by Clicking Here for additional information.

A Source Water Assessment of our source(s) was completed by the PA Department of Environmental Protection (Pa. DEP). The Assessment has found that our source(s) of is/are potentially most susceptible to Transportation Corridors, Junk Yard / Auto Repair Shop and Dairy Farms. A summary report of the Assessment is available on the Source Water Assessment & Protection web page at (http://www.dep.state.pa.us/dep/deputate/watermgt/wc/Subjects/SrceProt/SourceAssessment/default.htm).

On review of the document, note that the Source Water Assessment includes surface water from the Laurel Hill Creek. The Borough of Somerset no longer has a permit to use the Laurel Hill Creek’s surface water as a source. Also, Somerset Borough’s water production is limited to only six well water sources not eight. Complete reports were distributed to municipalities, water supplier, local planning agencies and PADEP offices. Copies of the complete report are available for review at the Pa. DEP Ebensburg Regional Office, Records Management Unit at (814) 472-1921.

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).

We routinely monitor for contaminants in your drinking water according to federal and state laws. The following tables show the results of our monitoring for the period of January 1 to December 31, 2013. The State allows us to monitor for some contaminants less than once per year because the concentrations of these contaminants 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.
  • EP – Entry point from treatment plant to the distribution system. EP 101 = Laurel Hill Filtration Plant EP 103 = Coxes Creek Treatment Plant
  • 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.
  • MaximumContaminantLevel 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.
  • MinimumResidual Disinfectant Level (MinRDL) - The minimum level of residual disinfectant required at the entry point to the distribution system.
  • Plant 300 – Laurel Hill Filtration Plant
  • TreatmentTechnique (TT) - A required process intended to reduce the level of a contaminant in drinking water.
  • Mrem/year = millirems per year (a measure of radiation absorbed by the body)
  • pCi/L  =  picocuries  per  liter  (a  measure  of radioactivity)
  • ppb = parts per billion, or micrograms per liter (μg/L)
  • ppm = parts per million, or milligrams per liter (mg/L)
  • ppq = parts per quadrillion, or picograms per liter
  • ppt = parts per trillion, or nanograms per liter

DETECTED SAMPLE RESULTS:

Chemical Contaminants

Contaminant

MCL in CCR
Units

MCLG

Level Detected

Range of Detection s

Units

Sample Date

Violation Y/N

Sources of Contamination

Chlorine EP 101

MRDL= 4

MRDLG= 4

2.20

1.94 – 2.20

ppm

2013

N

Water additive used to control microbes.

Chlorine EP 103

MRDL= 4

MRDLG= 4

2.23

1.67 – 2.23

ppm

2013

N

Water additive used to control microbes.

Fluoride EP 101

2*

4

0.60

-

ppm

2013

N

Water additive which promotes strong teeth.

TOC
plant 300

TT

NA

0

0

ppm

2013

N

Naturally present in the environment

Nitrate
EP 101

10

10

.29

-

ppm

2013

N

Runoff from fertilizer use.

Nitrate
EP 103

10

10

0

-

ppm

2013

N

Runoff from fertilizer use.

Nitrite
EP 101

1

1

0

-

ppm

2013

N

Runoff from fertilizer use.

Nitrate
EP 103

1

1

0

-

ppm

2013

N

Runoff from fertilizer use.

Arsenic
EP 101

10

0

0

-

ppm

2013

N

Erosion of natural deposits; Runoff from orchards

Arsenic
EP 103

10

0

0

-

ppm

2012

N

Erosion of natural deposits; Runoff from orchards

HAA5

60

NA

36

0 - 43

ppb

2013

N

By-product of drinking water disinfection

TTHM

80

NA

36

4 - 56

ppb

2013

N

By-product of drinking water chlorination

*EPA’s MCL for fluoride is 4 ppm. However, Pennsylvania has set a lower MCL to better protect human health.

Entry Point Disinfectant Residual

Contaminant

Minimum Disinfectant Residual

Lowest Level Detected

Range of Detections

Units

Sample Date

Violation Y/N

Sources of Contamination

Chlorine Distribution
as Total Chlorine

.40

1.20

1.20 – 2.60

ppm

2013

N

Water   additive control microbes.

used

to

 

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

.005

None exceeded

ppb

15

N

Corrosion of household plumbing.

Copper

1.3

1.3

None exceeded

ppm

15

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

0

0

N

Naturally present in the environment.

Fecal Coliform Bacteria or E. coli

0

0

0

N

Human and animal fecal waste.


VIOLATIONS CONCERNING HEALTH EFFECTS:

None   “No MCL’s or Treatment Techniques were exceeded” in any location of the CCR.

OTHER VIOLATIONS:

None

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.

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).

Information about Lead
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.  The Borough of Somerset is responsible for providing high quality drinking water, but 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.

Posted February 20th, 2014