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2015 CCR

2015 Consumer  Confidence Report

Annual Drinking Water Quality Report

Town of Stedman

PWS ID# 03-26-030

We are pleased to present to you this year's Annual Drinking Water Quality Report. This report is a review of last year’s water quality. Included are details about the source of your drinking water, what it contains, and how it compares to standards set by regulatory agencies. 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 and to providing you with this information, because informed customers are our best allies.  If you have any questions about this report or concerning your water, please contact Jennifer Wilson-Kersh at 910-323-1892.  We want our valued customers to be informed about their water utility.  If you want to learn more, please attend any of our regularly scheduled meetings. They are held on the 1st Thursday of each month at 7:00PM at the Stedman Town Hall.

WHAT EPA WANTS YOU TO KNOW

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).

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 microbiological contaminants 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.  Town of Stedman 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.eps.gov/safewater/lead.

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 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; and 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.

The water that is used by this system is surface water that is treated and purchased from the Public Works Commission of Fayetteville.  Please see the City of Fayetteville’s 2015 Annual Drinking Water Quality Report at http://www.faypwc.com/water-quality-report/ to find the source of their drinking water, as well as more in depth lab testing results of tests performed on your drinking water.

SOURCE WATER ASSESSMENT PROGRAM (SWAP) RESULTS

The North Carolina Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), Public Water Supply (PWS) Section, Source Water Assessment Program (SWAP) conducted assessments for all drinking water sources across North Carolina.  The purpose of the assessments was to determine the susceptibility of each drinking water source (well or surface water intake) to Potential Contaminant Sources (PCSs).   The results of the assessment are available in SWAP Assessment Reports that include maps, background information and a relative susceptibility rating of Higher, Moderate or Lower.

The relative susceptibility rating of each source for  Town of Stedman was determined by combining the contaminant rating (number and location of PCSs within the assessment area) and the inherent vulnerability rating (i.e., characteristics or existing conditions of the well or watershed and its delineated assessment area).  The assessment finding are summarized in the table below:

Susceptibility of Sources to Potential Contaminant Sources (PCSs)

Source Name*

Susceptibility Rating

SWAP Report Date

Glenville Lake

Higher

July 2015

Cape Fear River

Higher

July 2015

*From Public Works Commission (PWC) Public Water ID 0326010

The complete SWAP Assessment report for Town of Stedman and PWC may be viewed on the Web at:  www.ncwater.org/pws/swap.  Note that because SWAP results and reports are periodically updated by the PWC Section, the results available on this web site may differ from the results that were available at the time this CCR was prepared.  If you are unable to access your SWAP report on the web, you may mail a written request for a printed copy to:  Source Water Assessment Program—Report Request, 1634 Mail Service Center, Raleigh, NC  27699-1634, or email requests to swap@ncdenr.gov.  Please indicate your system name, number, and provide your name, mailing address and phone number.  If you have any questions about the SWAP report please contact the Source Water Assessment staff by phone at 919-707-9098.

It is important to understand that a susceptibility rating of “higher” does not imply poor water quality, only the system’s potential to become contaminated by PCSs in the assessment area.

HELP PROTECT YOUR SOURCE WATER

Protection of drinking water is everyone’s responsibility.  You can protect your community’s drinking water source (s) in several ways:  (examples: dispose of chemicals properly, take used motor oil to a recycling center, volunteer in your community to participate in group efforts to protect your source, etc…)

WATER QUALITY DATA TABLES OF DETECTED CONTAMINANTS

We routinely monitor for over 150 contaminants in your drinking water according to Federal and State laws. The table below lists all the drinking water  contaminants that we detected in the last round of sampling for the  particular contaminant group. The presence of contaminants does not necessarily indicate that water poses a health risk. Unless otherwise noted, the data presented in this table is from testing done January 1 through December 31, 2015. The EPA or the State requires 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. Some of the data, though representative of the water quality, is more than one year old.

Unregulated contaminants are those for which EPA has not established drinking water standards. The purpose of unregulated contaminant monitoring is to  assist EPA in determining the occurrence of unregulated contaminants in drinking water and whether future regulation is warranted.

Important Drinking Water Definitions:   

Not-Applicable (N/A) - Information not applicable/not required for that particular water system or for that particular rule.

Non-Detects (ND) - Laboratory analysis indicates that the contaminant is not present at the level of detection set for the particular methodology used.

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

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

Million Fibers per Liter (MFL) - Million fibers per liter is a measure of the presence of asbestos fibers that are no longer than 10 micrometers.

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

Maximum Residual Disinfection 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 Disinfection 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.

Locational Running Annual Average (LRAA) -  The average of sample analytical results for samples taken at a particular monitoring location during the previous four calendar quarters under the Stage 2 Disinfectants and Disinfection Byproducts Rule.

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.

Extra Note:  MCLs are set at very stringent  levels. To   understand the possible health effects described for many regulated constituents, a person would have to drink 2 liters of water every day at the MCL level for a lifetime to have a one-in-a-million chance of having the described health effect.

TABLES OF DETECTED CONTAMINANTS

Microbiological Contaminants in the Distribution System—For systems that collect less than 40 samples per month

 

Contaminant (units)

MCL

Violation

Y/N

 

Your

Water

 

MCLG

 

MCL

 

Likely Source of Contamination

Total Coliform Bacteria

(presence or absence)

N

ND

0

One positive monthly sample

Naturally present in the environment

Fecal Coliform or E. coli

(presence or absence)

`N

ND

0

0 (Note: The MCL is exceeded if a routine sample and repeat sample are total coliform positive, and one is also fecal coliform or E. coli positive)

Human and animal fecal waste

*If a system collection fewer than 40 samples per month has two positive samples in one month, the system has a MCL violation.

Asbestos Contaminant

Contaminant (units)

Sample

Date

MCL

Violation

Y?N

Your

Water

Range

High     Low

MCLG

MCL

Likely Source of Contamination

Asbestos

2013

N

ND

BD

0

7MFL

Millions per Liter

Asbestos Cement Pipe

Lead and Copper Contaminants

Contaminant (units)

Sample

Date

Your

Water

# of sites found above the AL

MCLG

MCL

Likely Source of Contamination

Copper (ppm)

(90th percentile)

2014

ND

0

1.3

AL = 1.3ppm

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

Lead (ppb)

(90th percentile)

`2014

ND

0

0

AL = 15ppb

Corrosion of household plumbing systems, erosion of natural deposits.

 Disinfectant Residuals

 

Jan

Feb

March

April

May

June

July

Aug

Sept

Oct

Nov

Dec

Sample 1

2.5

2.4

0.7

2.4

1.8

2.3

2.3

2.4

2.2

2.3

1.6

2.3

Sample 2

2.3

2.5

1.1

2.5

2.5

2.3

2.4

1.4

2.4

2.3

2.3

1.3

Monthly Avg

2.4

2.45

0.9

2.45

2.15

2.3

2.35

1.

2.3

2.3

1.95

1.8

RAA*

 

1.9

 

 

2.3

 

 

2.19

 

 

2.01

 

 *Reported RAA for quarters 1-3 are based on results from previous quarters not reported on this table.

Disinfectant Residuals Summary

 

Year

Sampled

MRDL Violation

Y/N

Your Water

(highest RAA)

Range

Low     High

MRDLG

MRDL

Likely Source of Contamination

Chlorine (ppm)

March 2015

N

2.4

0.7       1.1

4

4.0

Water additive used to control microbes

Chloramines (ppm)

March 2015

N

2.3

1.4        2.3

4

4.0

Water additive used to control microbes

 Stage 2 Disinfection Byproduct Compliance—Based upon Locational Running Annual Average (LRAA)

Disinfection  ByProduct

Year

Sampled

MCL

Violation

Y/N

Your Water

(highest LRAA)

Range

Low     High

MCLG

MCL

Likely Source of Contamination

TTHM (ppb)

 

 

 

 

 

 

ByProduct of drinking water disinfection

Location BO2

2015

N

34

ND     68

N/A

80

 

Location BO1

2015

N

32

ND     67

N/A

80

 

HAA5 (ppb)

 

 

 

 

 

 

ByProduct of drinking water disinfection

Location BO2

2015

N

12

ND     28

N/A

60

 

Location BO1

2015

N

12

ND      26

N/A

60

 

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