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PAGE 10 April 7, 2016 CONSUMER CONFIDENCE REPORT ....... ........... www.,r,coun,*'; "" " ~; i tl,i ill ......... t t CONSUMER CONFIDENCE REPORT PWSID: 1470010 PWSID: 1470010 City of Watkins 2015 Drinking Water Report The City of Watkins is issuing the results of monitoring done on its drinking water for the period from January 1 to December 31, 2015. The purpose of this report is to advance consumers' understanding of&inking water and heighten awareness of the need to protect precious water resources. Source of Water The City of Watkins provides drinking water to its residents from a groundwater source: purchased treated water from the City Of Eden Valley which obtains its water from wells in the Quat. Water Table and Qnat. Buried Artes. aquifers. The Minnesota Department of Health has made a determination as to how vulnerable our systems' source(s) of water may be to future contamination incidents. If you wish to obtain the entire source water assessment regarding your drinking water, please call 651-201-4700 or 1-800-818-9318 (and press 5) during normal business hours. Also, you can view it on line at Call 320-764-6400 if you have questions about the City of Watldns drinking water or would like information about opportunities for public participation in decisions that may affect the quality of the water. Results of Monitoring No contaminants were detected at levels that violated federal drinking water standards. However, some contaminants were detected in trace amounts that were below legal limits. The table that follows shows the contaminants that were detected in trace amounts last year. (Some contaminants are sampled less frequently than once a year; as a result, not all contaminants were sampled for in 2015. If any of these contaminants were detected the last time they were sampled for, they are included in the table along with the date that the detection occurred.) Key to abbreviations: MCLG--Maximum Contaminant Level Goal: 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. Met--Maximum Contaminant Level: 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. MRDL--Maximum Residual Disinfectant Level. MRDLO--Maximum Residual Disinfectant Level Goal. At--Action Level: The concentration of a contaminant which, if exceeded, triggers treatment or other requirement which a water system must follow. 90th Percentile Level--This is the value obtained after disregarding 10 percent of the samples taken that had the highest levels. (For example, in a situation in which 10 samples were taken, the 90th percentile level is determined by disregarding the highest result, which represents 10 percent of the samples.) Note: In situations in which only 5 samples are taken, the average of the two with the highest levels is taken to determine the 90th 1 percentile level. ppm--Parts per million, which can also be expressed as milligrams per liter (mg/1). p'pb~Parts per billion, which can also be expressed as micrograms per liter (pg/l). N/A--Not Applicable (does not apply). ............ Level Found :1 Contaminant MCLG MCL Ra~ Typical Source of Contaminant t (units)' . ~2015:) [/Result* " 1 Fluoride(ppm) [ ,1 .... 4 .42-1.2 [ 1.i5~ .......... Stateof'IVlinnesotarequiresallmunicipal ] [ [ water systems to add fluoride to the drinking l: [ [ water to promote strong teeth; Erosion of I [ [ natural deposits; Discharge from fertilizer and I ................ [ .... [ ,, al~ factories., .......... [ Haloacetie Acids [ 0 60 I 11.3- [ 15.2 By-product of drinking water disinfection. [ I ........ 115 2 I .... " I Nitrate (as [ 10,4 10.4 [ N/A [ .26 Runoff from fertilizer use; Leaching from [ Nitrogen) (ppm) [ [ [ septic tanks, sewage; Erosion of natural [ I I I deposits. I Crotal t 0 80 ........ t 35.6- 1 45:1 I By-product of drinking water disinfection: / trihalomethanes) 45.1 This is the value used to determine compliance with federal standards~ It sometimes is the highest value detected and sometimes is an average of all the detected values. If it 'is an average, it may contain sampling results from the previous year: [Contaminant~ ] I (units) I MRDLG I MRDL t "" 1 "*" I Typical Sour= of Contaminant l [ Chlorine i4 i4 [ .02-.3 i.23 I water additive used to control microbes, [ 1 ****Highest and Lowest Monthly Average. *****Highest Quarterly Average. Contaminant l ..... [ 90% I # sites (units) MCLG ] I Level [ over ALTTpical Source of Contaminant, : Copper (ppm) 1.3 1.3 .51 0 out ofCorrosion of household plumbing systems; 10 Erosion of natural deE9sits. '~ad (ppb) 0 15 .7 0 Out of ..... Corrosion of household plumbing systems; 10 Erosion of natural deposits. 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. City of Watkins 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 2 House passes bill allowing Real ID research, planning to take place By Dean Urdahl make educated decisions." Minnesota State Rep. The federal government established the The Minnesota House Tuesday,Real ID program as a way to increase secu- March 29, passed legislation that allows rity following the 9/11 terrorist attacks. Minnesota to research and discuss imple- This issue went relatively unnoticed as memation of new federal Real ID standards the first three phases were implemented, in the state, applying to access for places such as federal Rep. Dean Urdahl, R-Acton Township, facilities and nuclear power plants. The voted in favor of the measure, which passed fourth phase is the one that has gained the 125-2. most attention, largely because it pertains "This bill simply repeals a state law that to boarding domestic commercial flights. was preventing us from researching and The Department of Homeland Security planning in response to the federal govern- recently told Minnesota it has at least until ment raising the bar on ID requirements," 2018 to develop Real ID-compliant licenses. Urdahl said. "Our state's standard ID does Senate passage is required for this leg- not meet new federal standards that are islation before it can be presented to Guy. being implemented and we are now able Mark Dayton for his action. State law pro- to seek answers to questions. This bill does hibifing the state's compliance with Real not commit us to complying with Real ID, ID remains on the books pending addi- but it lets us gain information so we can tional legislative action. Howe encourages MNsure enrollees to provide online comments ByleffHowe website will provide citizens with a way Minnesota State Rep. they can register feedback regarding their A website has been launched to gather experiences so legislators can take them comments and feedback from Minnesota under advisement," said Rep. Jeff Howe, families, taxpayers and small-business R-Rockville. "Minnesotans deserve better owners regarding the MNsure health customer service than they have received insurance exchange, from MNsure and this tool will help us for- Minnesotans recently testified before mulate ideas for improvements." a House committee and expressed con- House legislation has been introduced cerns over the difficulties they have faced that would have MNsure compensate pen- with MNsure. One of the most recent issues pie $10 for each day the form was late after to surface pertains to a failure to meet the Feb. 1. That rate would increase to $50 per deadline for providing MNsure enrollees day if the tax deadline passes and they still with 1095-A forms necessary for filing their haven't received their forms. taxes. MNsure has promised to resolve by The new website can be found at www. the end of this week, two months after the Feb. 1 deadline. "There have been serious issues with MNsure since the day it launched and this CONSUMER CONFIDENCE REPORT PWSID: 1470010" 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 Hofline or at Monitoring may have been done for additional contaminants that do not have MCLs established for them and are not required to be monitored under the Safe Drinking Water Act. Results may be available by calling 651- 201-4700 or 1-800-818-9318 during normal business hours. Compliance with National Primary Drinking Water Regulations 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 eases, 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 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 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, the U. S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) prescribes regulations which limit the amount of certain contaminants in water provided by public water systems. Food and Drug Administration 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 effeots can be obtained by calling the Environmental Protection Agency's Safe Drinking Water Hotline at 1-800-426-4791. Some people may be more vulnerable to contaminants in drinking water than the general population. Immune-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 at 1-800-426-4791. Published in the Tri-County News Thursday, April 7, 2016. 3