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cape Gazette CLASSIFIED TUESDAY, JUNE 24- THURSDAY, JUNE 26, 2008 49 Continued from page 48 (| Annual Drinking Water Quality Report for 2007 City of Rehoboth Beach 229 Rehoboth Avenue, Rehoboth Beach, Delaware 19971 PWSlD #0000723 May 20, 2008 We're pleased to present to you this year's Annual 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. Our water source is groundwater, Our wells draw from the Columbia Aquifer. The Division of Public Health in conjunction with the Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control has conducted a source water assessment. If you are interested in reviewing the assessment, please contact City of Rehoboth Water Department at 302-227.6181 regarding how to obtain a copy. Or go on-line @ htpp:www.wr.udel.eduswaphomeswaeaessments.htm. It provides information such as potential sources of contamination. rm pleased to report that our drinking water meets federal and stat e requirements. If you have any questions about this report or concerning your water utility, please contact Howard Blizzard, Water Supervisor at 302-227-6181. 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 third Monday of each month at 7:00 p.m., at City Hall, 229 Rehoboth Avenue. Public Health, Office of Drinking Water routinely monitors for constituents in your drinking water according to Federal and State laws. This table shows the results of our monitoring for the period.of January 1 st to December 31st, 2007. As water travels over the land or underground, it can pick up substances or contaminants such as microbes, inorganic and organic chemicals, and radioactive substances. All drinking water, including bottled drinking water, may be reasonably expected to contain at least small amounts of some constituents. It's important to remember that the presence of these constituents does not necessarily pose a health risk. In this table you will find many terms and abbreviations you might not be familiar with. To help you better understand these terms we've provided the following definitions: Non-Detects (ND) - laborato'ry analysis indicates that the constituent is not )resent. Parts per million (ppm) or Milligrams per liter (mg//) - one part per million TEST RESULTS corresponds to one minute in two. years or a single penny in $10,000. con=,,in,,,t i  I McasutcmcmUnit I MCLG I MCL ]Likely Source of Contamination Microbiological Contaminants Parts per billion (ppb) or Micrograms per liter- one part per billion 1. Total Coliform Bacteria N *5 out 0 presence of Naturally present in the environment corresponds to one minute in 2,000 years, or a single penny in of 416 coliform $10,000,000. mples bacteria in 5% present of monthly samples Action Level - the concentration of a contaminant, which, if exceeded, *A, tcsamples came back well as all subsequent sarnplcs. No violation was issued. triggers treatment or other requirements, which a water system must Radioactive Contaminant follow. S.A,pha=,t N 0.518"(2005) pCV' 0 I ]5] Erosinn ofnaturaldeposits Treatment Technique (TT)- A treatment technique is a required process Inorganic Contaminants , ,i,, ,, intended to reduce the level of a contaminant in drinking water. 11. 0.0950 ppm 2 Discharge of drilling wastes; ..... d,,,h=,o Maximum Contaminant Level (MCL)- The =Maximum Allowed' (MCL) is 14.  0.24 18 Dfioml and pulp mills; erosion  dqosits the highest level of a contaminant that is allowed in drinking water. MCLs : N .076  Corrosio:Ofauschokl plumbing are set as close to the MCLGs as feasible using the best available (;: g .. wood mrv= tystems; on ofnatoral deposits; treatment technology. 20. Nitrate ds::l} : 10 1Run feflizcr  leaching Maximum Contaminani Level Goal (MCLG)" The=Goar(MCLG) isthe Volatile Organic ) nyin level of a contaminant in drinking water below which there is no known or 75. TTHM N ppb ......... expected risk to health. MCLGs allow for a margin of safety. [Totaltdhalometh=cs] ..... chlorination Unregulated Inorgani c Co#taminants Maximum Residual Disinfectant Level (MRDL)- The highest level of a 79. [ton (Fe) N 00.  0 0.3 disinfoctant allowed in drinking water. There is convincing evidence that co,=,,in=t vo=o. Dotted MeasurementUnit MCLG MCL Likely Source of Comamination addition of a disinfectant is necessary for control of microbial w contaminants, so sodita-n (Na) N 67 ppm 0 8 I. Alkalinity (Aik) N 96 ppm 82. pH N 6.5- ppm 6.5 8.5 10.4 All other contaminants were ND in compliarce g3. Chloride (CI) N 24.8 ppm 250 with the Safe Drinldng Water Act, 84. Hardness N 14.3 ppm (20) Nitrate. Infants below the age of six months who drink water ss. Total Dissolved N 192 ppm 500 Solids (TDS) containing nitrate in excess of the MCL could become seriously ill and, if Nickel N 2 ppb n/a I00 Naturally occurring untreated, may die. Symptoms include shortness of breath and blue-baby BIS(2-ETHYLEtEXYL) N syndrome. PHTHALATE . (20204) ppb ** The state allows us to monitor for some contaminants less than once per y-i- because the concentrations of these Nitrate in drinking water at levels above 10 ppm is a health risk for infants contaminants do not change frequently. Some o f our data, though repre-=entative, are more than one year old. of less than six months of age. High nitrate levels in drinking water can cause blue baby syndrome. Nitrate levels may rise quickly for short periods of time because of rainfall or agricultural activity. If you are caring for an infant you should ask advice from your health care provider. As you can see by the table, our system had no violations. We'e proud that your drinking water meets or exceeds all Federal and State requirements. We have learned through our monitoring and testing that some constituents have been detected. The EPA has determined that your water is drinkable at these levels. 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. In order to insure tap water is safe to drink, EPA prescribes regulations which limit the amount of certain contaminants in water provided by public water systems. Fond and Drug Administration regulations established limits for contaminants in bottled water, which must provide the same protection for public health. 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. More information about contaminants and potential health effects can be obtained by calling the Environmental Protection Agency's Safe Drinking Water Hotline at 1-800-426-4791. MCUs 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. Thank you for allowing us to continue providing your family with clean, quality water this year. In order to maintain a safe and dependable water supply we sometimes need to make improvements that will benefit all of our customers. These improvements are sometimes reflected as rate structure adjustments. Thank you for understanding. 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. EPNCDC guidelines on appropriate means to lessen the risk of infection by cryptospoddium and other microbiological contaminants are available from the Safe Drinking Water Hotline (800-426-4791). Please call our office if you have questions. HOI"I! We at City of Rehoboth Beach work around the clock to provide top quality water to every tap. We ask that all our customers help us protect our water sources, which are the heart of our community, our way of life and our children's future.  Continued on page SO There's a wonderful world around us. Furl of fascinating places. Interesting people. Amazing cultures. Important challenges. 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