CCR - 2015 Report

MEETING CANCELLED

Source Water Protection

  

 

 


2015                               ANNUAL DRINKING WATER QUALITY REPORT

PWSID #:  7360132                NAME:  Western Heights Water Authority                            

 

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 concerning your water utility, please contact Fred H Wissler                                                                                            at

717-354-0773                                                                      .   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

every second Thursday of the month at 6:00pm.                                                                                              .

 

SOURCE(S) OF WATER:

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

 

The water source is currently supplied by groundwater wells number 2, 4, and 5 located along Voganville Road, Walnut Street, and extended behind Sauder Chevrolet.


 

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 [insert potential Sources of Contamination listed in your Source Water Assessment Summary].  Overall, our source(s) has/have [little, moderate, high] risk of significant contamination. 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). 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 South Central                                     Regional Office, Records Management Unit at (717) 705-4700.

 

 

Some people may be more vulnerable to contaminants in drinking water than the general population.  Immunocompromised 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.  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 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.

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.


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 Detections

Units

Sample Date

Violation

Y/N

Sources of Contamination

Chlorine

4

4

     1.61

.63 – 1.61

MG/L

06/02/15

N

Water additive used to control microbes

Nitrate

10

10

.69

.69

ppm

05/07/15

N

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

 

 

Fluoride (IOC)

2

0

.65

.65

MG/L

05/06/15

N

Water additive which promotes strong teeth.

Haloacetic Acids (Five)

60

.06

4

4

  ppb

08/05/15

N

By-product of drinking water disinfection

Chloroform (THM)

0

0

.0068

.0007-.0068

 MG/L

08/05/15

N

By-product of drinking water disinfection

Bromodichloromethane (THM)

0

0

.0038

.0008 -.0038

 MG/L

08/05/15

N

By-product of drinking water disinfection

Chlorodibromomethane

0

0

.0023

.0007 - .0023

  MG/L

08/05/15

N

By-product of drinking water disinfection

Trihalomethanes

80

0

13

13

 ppb

08/05/15

N

By-product of chlorine

Gross Alpha

15

0

13.1

13.1

 pCi/L

02/21/13

N

Erosion of Natural Deposits

Radium-226

5

0

3.2

3.2

 pC/L

02/21/13

N

Erosion of Natural Deposits

*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

.4

.91

.91 - 2.01

ppm

06/02/2015

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 of 5 sites

N

Corrosion of household plumbing.

Copper

1.3

1.3

0.135

ppm

0 of 5 sites

N

Corrosion of household plumbing.

 

Microbial

Contaminant

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.

Fecal Coliform Bacteria or E. coli

0

0

0

N

Human and animal fecal waste

 

 

HEALTH EFFECTS:

OTHER VIOLATIONS:

 

We had no monitoring violations for 2015.
Western Heights Water Authority had one NOTICE OF VIOLATION for control of the Zone 1 area around Well #5.  Corrective action was taken by installing a two (2) tiered electric fence, in place of one (1) tier fence to prevent livestock from grazing within the Wellhead Protection area and approved by the PA DEP.

 

 

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.  Western Heights Water Authority                                                                                           

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.

 

OTHER INFORMATION:

 

The Western Heights Water Authority has a Wellhead Protection Plan in conjunction with East Earl Township, New Holland Borough, and Terre Hill Borough. A copy of the plan is available at the Earl Township office and it provides more information.


Earl Township Information


2016 Meeting Dates and Times

Supervisor meetings are held on the 1st Monday of the month at 7:00 P.M.
and the 3rd Thursdays, plus additional dates as indicated at 7:00 A.M.:
January 4, 2016
January 21, 2016        
February 1, 2016
February 18, 2016     
March 7, 2016
March 17, 2016
April 4, 2016
April 21, 2016
May 2, 2016
May 19, 2016
June 6, 2016
June 16, 2016
July 5, 2016 (Tuesday)
July 21, 2016
August 1, 2016
August 18, 2016
September 6, 2016 (Tuesday)
September 15, 2016
October 3, 2016
October 20, 2016
November 3, 2016
November 7, 2016
November 10, 2016
November 17, 2016
December 5, 2016
December 8, 2016

Planning Commission meetings are held on the last Monday of the month at 7:00 P.M., except May 23rd (4th Mon) and November 21st and December 19th (3rd Mon).

Sewer Authority meetings are held on the 2nd Thursday of the month at 6:30 P.M.

Water Authority meetings are held on the 2nd Thursday of the month at 6:00 P.M.

Zoning Hearing Board meet on the 2nd Monday of the month at 7:00 P.M. (as needed)

Parks & Recreation Board meet on the 2nd Thursday of the month at 7:00 P.M. (as needed)

The Township Road Crew work hours are 7:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

The office building hours are as follows: Monday through Thursday from 7:30 a.m. to  4:00 p.m. and Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.       
 

Observed Holidays

New Year’s Day
Good Friday
Memorial Day
July 4 (Independence Day)
Labor Day
Thanksgiving Day
Friday after Thanksgiving Day
Christmas Day
 
FEDERAL REPRESENTATIVE

United States Senators

  Patrick J Toomey 202-224-4254

 Robert Casey 202-224-6324

Congressman
                                   
Joseph Pitts - 16th District 717-393-0667   

STATE REPRESENTATIVE

Senator
     Ryan Aument – 36th District   717-627-0036
                         
  State Representative
     David Zimmerman- 99th District   717-556-0031

Lancaster County Commissioners

                                           Scott Martin, Chairman 717-299-8300
                                           Dennis Stuckey, V Chairman  
                                           Craig Lehman