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TOWN OF DEER TRAIL

2007 Drinking Water Consumer Confidence Report For Calendar Year 2006

PWSID CO0103030


 

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      We are pleased to present to you this year’s water quality report.  Our constant goal is to provide you with a safe and dependable supply of drinking water.

General Information About Drinking Water

      All 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 the water poses a health risk.  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 of infections.  These people should seek advice about drinking water from their health care providers.  For more information about contaminants and potential health effects, or to receive a copy of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC) guidelines on appropriate means to lessen the risk of infection by Cryptosporidium and microbiological contaminants call the EPA Safe Drinking Water Hotline at 1-800-426-4791.

      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 that 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 runoff, industrial or domestic wastewater discharges, oil and gas production, mining, or farming.

·       Pesticides and herbicides that 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 byproducts of industrial processes and petroleum production, and also may come from gas stations, urban stormwater runoff, and septic systems.

·       Radioactive contaminants, that 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, the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment prescribes regulations limiting the amount of certain contaminants in water provided by public water systems.  The Food and Drug Administration regulations establish limits for contaminants in bottled water that must provide the same protection for public health.

Our Water Source(s)

The system’s sources of water are listed below.

WEST WELL                          Ground Water

NORTH WELL                       Ground Water

PARK WELL                          Ground Water

HILL TOP WELL AKA

EAST WELL                           Ground Water

      If we used purchased water, this report is required to include water quality data for the purchased water with this report.

      The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment has provided us with a Source Water Assessment Report for our water supply, you may obtain a copy of the report by visiting www.cdphe.state.co.us/wq/sw/swaphom.html or by contacting PATTI OWENS at 303-769-4464.

      Potential sources of contamination in our source water area come from: ________________________________________

________________________________________

 

      The Source Water Assessment Report provides a screening-level evaluation of potential contamination that could occur.  It does not mean that the contamination has or will occur.  We can use this information to evaluate the need to improve our current water treatment capabilities and prepare for future contamination threats.  This can help us ensure that quality finished water is delivered to your homes.  In addition, the source water assessment results provide a starting point for developing a source water protection plan.

      Please contact PATTI OWENS at 303-769-4464

to learn more about what you can do to help protect your drinking water sources, any questions about the annual drinking water quality report, to learn more about our system, or to attend scheduled public meetings.  We want you, our valued customers, to be informed about the services we provide and the quality water we deliver to you every day.

Terms and Abbreviations

      To help you understand the terms and abbreviations used in this report, we have provided the following definitions:

·       Parts per million (ppm) or Milligrams per liter (mg/L) - one part per million corresponds to one minute in two years or a single penny in $10,000.

·       Parts per billion (ppb) or Micrograms per liter (µg/L)- one part per billion corresponds to one minute in 2,000 years, or a single penny in $10,000,000.

·       Parts per trillion (ppt) or Nanograms per liter (nanograms/L) - one part per trillion corresponds to one minute in 2,000,000 years, or a single penny in $10,000,000,000.

·       Parts per quadrillion (ppq) or Picograms per liter (picograms/L) - one part per quadrillion corresponds to one minute in 2,000,000,000 years or one penny in $10,000,000,000,000.

·       Picocuries per liter (pCi/L) - picocuries per liter is a measure of the radioactivity in water.

·       Nephelometric Turbidity Unit (NTU) - nephelometric turbidity unit is a measure of the clarity of water. Turbidity in excess of 5 NTU is just noticeable to the average person.

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

·       Action Level Goal (ALG) - The “Goal” is the level of a contaminant in drinking water below which there is no known or expected risk to health.  The ALG allows for a margin of safety.

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

·       Maximum Contaminant Level Goal (MCLG) - The “Goal” is 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 Contaminant Level (MCL)- The “Maximum Allowed” is 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 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.

·       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.

·       Running Annual Average (RAA): An average of monitoring results for the previous 12 calendar months.

Detected Contaminants

      The TOWN OF DEER TRAIL routinely monitors for contaminants in your drinking water according to Federal and State laws.  The following table(s) show all detections found in the period of January 1 to December 31, 2006 unless otherwise noted.  The State of Colorado requires us us to monitor for certain contaminants less than once per year because the concentrations of these contaminants are not expected to vary significantly from year to year, or the system is not considered vulnerable to this type of contamination.  Therefore, some of our data, though representative, may be more than one year old.  The “Range” column in the table(s) below will show a single value for those contaminants that were sampled only once.  Violations, if any are reported in the next section of this report.

      Note:  Only detected contaminants appear in this report.  If no tables appear in this section, that means that TOWN OF DEER TRAIL did not detect any contaminants in the last round of monitoring. 

Microbiological Contaminants

Contaminant

MCL

MCLG

Unit

Result

Violation (Yes or No)

Sample Date

Likely Source of Contamination

Total Coliform Bacteria for Systems that collects<40 samples per month

No more than 1 positive monthly sample

0

Absent or Present

Absent

No

Monthly

Naturally present in the environment

Fecal coliform and
E. Coli

A routine sample & a repeat sample are total coliform positive, & one is also fecal coliform or E. coli positive

0

Absent or Present

Absent

No

Monthly

Human and animal fecal waste

 

Lead and Copper

Contaminant

AL

ALG

Units

90th Percentile

 

Number of Sites over AL

Violation

(Yes or No)

Sample Date/Year

Likely Source of Contamination

Copper

1.3

1.3

ppm

0.1021

 

0

No

2005-2007

Corrosion of household plumbing systems; erosion of natural deposits; leaching from wood preservatives

Lead

15

0

ppb

1

0

No

2005-2007

Corrosion of household plumbing systems, erosion of natural deposits

Disinfection Byproducts

Contaminant

MCL

MCLG

Units

Average

 

Range

 

Highest RAA

Violation

(Yes or No)

Sample Date/Year

Likely Source of Contamination

Haloacetic Acids (HAA)

60

N/A

ppb

4.9

 

4.9

 

5

No

 

2006

By-product of drinking water disinfection

Total Trihalomethanes (TTHM)

80

N/A

ppb

18.14

 

18.14

 

18

No

 

2006

By-product of drinking water disinfection

Inorganic Contaminants

Contaminant

MCL

MCLG

Units

Level

Detected/Range

Violation

(Yes or No)

Sample Date

Likely Source of Contamination

Barium

2

2

ppm

0.01-0.02

No

6/10/2002

Discharge of drilling wastes; discharge from metal refineries; erosion of natural deposits

Fluoride

4

4

ppm

0.66-0.76

No

6/10/2002

Erosion of natural deposits; water additive which promotes strong teeth; discharge from fertilizer and aluminum factories

Nitrate (as Nitrogen)

10

10

ppm

<0.3

No

8/11/2005

Runoff from fertilizer use; leaching from septic tanks, sewage; erosion of natural deposits

Nitrite (as Nitrogen)

1

1

ppm

0.12

No

6/26/2001

Runoff from fertilizer use; leaching from septic tanks, sewage; erosion of natural deposits

Secondary Contaminants

      Secondary standards are non-enforceable guidelines for contaminants that may cause cosmetic effects or aesthetic effects in drinking water.  EPA recommends these standards but does not require water systems to comply.

Contaminant

Secondary Standard

MCLG

Units

Level

Detected/

Range

Violation

(Yes or No)

Sample Date

Likely Source

Sodium

N/A

N/A

ppm

130-140

N/A

6/10/2002

 

 

Health Effects Information About the Above Tables

      Infants and young children are typically more vulnerable to lead in drinking water than the general population.  It is possible that lead levels at your home may be higher than other homes in the community as a result of materials used in your home’s plumbing.  If you are concerned about elevated lead levels in your home’s water, you may wish to have your water tested and flush your tap for 30 seconds to 2 minutes before using tap water.  Additional information is available from the Safe Drinking Water Hotline (800) 426-4791.

      There are no additional required health effects notices.

     The Town of Deer Trail is proud to report no violations in 2006.