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The Village of Tiltonsville Water and Sewer Department

WATER QUALITY REPORT 2006

As part of the Safe Drinking Water Act we are required to provide a yearly Consumer Confidence Report, which details a summary of the water quality in Tiltonsivlle.  The information contained in this report will be issued on a yearly basis to all residents.

Included in this report is general health information, water quality test results and how to participate in decisions concerning your drinking water.  We want our customer s to know that our drinking water is safe and meets federal and state requirements.

What's the source of your drinking water?

The water supply of the system is provided by two wells.  The North well is located approximately 100 feet north of the water treatment plant building at the eastern end of Hodgens Ave.  A new submersible well was installed to replace our collapsed South well in 2004.  The new well was put into operation on November 2005.

We have a back-up connection with the Yorkville Water Department.  During 2005 we used this connection on October 9th-20th.  This report does not contain information on the water quality received from the Yorkville Water Department but a copy of their consumer confidence report can be obtained by calling 740-859-5171.

What are the sources of contamination to your drinking water?

The sources of drinking water both tap 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 an, 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: (A) Microbial contaminants, such as viruses and bacteria, which may come from sewage treatment plants, septic systems, agricultural livestock operation and wildlife; (B) Inorganic contaminants such as  salts and metals, which can be naturally occurring or from urban storm water runoff, industrial or domestic waste water discharges, oil and gas production, mining, or farming; (C) Pesticides and herbicides, which may come from a a variety of sources such as agriculture, urban storm water runoff, and residential uses; (D) 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; (E) 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.

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 waters pose a health risk.  Information about contaminants and potential health effects can be obtained by calling the Environmental Protection Agency's Sage Drinking Water Hotline (1-800-426-4791).

Who needs to take special precautions?

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, people who have undergone organ transplants, people with HIV/AIDS or other immune system disorder, some elderly, and infants can be specially at risk from infection.  These people should seek advise 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 (1-800-426-4791).

Water Quality Information

The EPA requires regular sampling to ensure drinking water safety.  In 2005, the Tiltonsville Water Department conducted samping for bacteria, nitrate, nitrite, total chlorine, five Haloacetic Acids, and Total Trihalomethanes.  Majorities of these contaminatys were not found in the water supply.  The EPA requires us to monitor for some contaminants less than once per year because the concentrations of these contaminants do not change frequently.

Listed below is information on those contaminants that were found in the drinking water.

Table of Detected Contaminants for:

Village of Tiltonsville

  MCLG MCL Level Found Range of Detections Violation Year Sampled Typical Source of Contamination
Residual Disinfectants              
Chlorine (ppm)

MRDLG =4

MRDL =4 0.51 0.1 - 0.8 No 2005 Water additive used to control microbes
Inorganic Contaminants              

Lead (ppb)

0 Action Limit =15 13.9 NA No 2005 Corrosion of household plumbing systems; erosion of natural deposits.

One out of ten samples were found to have lead levels in excess of the Action Level of 15 ppb

Copper (ppb) 1,300 Action Limit =1,300 1,040 NA No 2005 Corrosion of household plumbing systems; erosion of natural deposits; leaching from wood preservatives.

One out of ten samples were found to have copper levels in excess of the Action Level of 1,200 ppb

Nitrate (ppb) 10 10 1.1 NA No 2005 Runoff from fertilizer use; erosion of natural deposits.
Barium (ppb) 2,000 2,000 142 NA No 2003 Discharge of drilling wastes; discharge from metal refineries; erosion of natural deposits
Volatile Organic Contaminants              
Total Trihalomethanes (ppb) NA 80 13.71 NA No 2004 By-product of drinking water chlorination.
Five Haloacetic Acids (ppb) NA 60 2.52 NA No 2004 By-product of drinking water chlorination.

Keys to the table

Definition of some terms contained within this report:

Maximum contaminate level goal (MCLG):  The level of a contaminant in drinking water below which there is no know or expected risk to health.  MCLG allows for a margin of safety.

Maximum Contaminant levels (MCL):  The highest level of contaminant that is allowed in drinking water. MCLs are set as close to the MCLGs as feasible using the best available treatment technology.

Parts per Million (ppm) or Milligrams per Liter (mg/L):  are units of measure for concentration of a contaminant.  A part per million corresponds to one second in a little over 1.5 days.

Parts per Billion (ppb) or Micrograms per Liter (ug/L):  are units of measure for concentration of a contaminant.  A part per billion corresponds to one second in 31.7 years.

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

Not Applicable (NA):  No information could be applied to that particular section.

SOURCE WATER ASSESSMENT PLAN

Ohio EPA recently completed a study of Tiltonsville's source of drinking waster to identify potential contaminant sources and provide direction on protecting the drinking water source.  According to this study, the aquifer (water-rich zone) that supplies water to the Village of Tiltonsville has a relatively high susceptibility to contamination. This determination is based on the following:

The lack of a protective layer of clay/shale/other overlying the aquifer, and

The presence of significant potential contaminant sources in the protection area.

  This susceptibility means that under currently existing conditions, the likelihood of the aquifer becoming contaminated is relatively high.   This likelihood can be minimized by implementing appropriate protective measures.  More information about the source water assessment or what Consumers can do to help protect the aquifer is available by calling Lyle Zerla, Technical Adviser, at 740-769-2668.

FOR MORE INFORMATION

Public participation and comments are encouraged at regular meeting of the Board of Public Affairs of the Village of Tiltonsville, which meets on the first and third Tuesdays of every month at 6:00 PM at the Municipal Building.  For more information on your drinking water contact Jonathan Sgalla at 740-859-4692.

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