Jamestown Municipal Water Annual Drinking Water Quality Report
We want our valued customers to be informed about their water utility. If you have any ques¬ tions about this report or concerning your water contact us at (765) 676-6331. If you want to learn more, you are welcome to please contact Bobby Taylor Jr. or attend any of our regularly scheduled Board meetings that are held on the first Tuesday of each month at 7:00 PM.
We ask that our customers help us to protect our water resources, which are the heart of our community, our way of life and our children’s future.
HOUSEHOLD TIPS FOR PROTECTING OUR DRINKING WATER SUPPLY
• Reduce the amount of fertilizers, pesti¬ cides, or other hazardous chemicals that you use. Buy only what you need so that you don’t have to dispose of leftovers. Read all the labels and follow directions.
• Use organic lawn and garden alternatives that do not contain synthetic chemical poi¬ sons. Reduce the use of products that con¬ tain any of the following words on their la¬ bels: caution, warning, danger, poison, flammable, volatile, caustic, or corrosive.
• Recycle used oil, automotive fluids, batter¬ ies, and other products. Don’t dispose of hazardous products in toilets, storm drains, wastewater systems, creeks, alleys, or the ground. This pollutes the water supply.
CALL BEFORE YOU DIG!
Underground utilities may be dangerous if en¬ countered while digging. Before digging holes on your property, for things such as putting in a new mailbox or planting trees and shrubs, call 811. You must call at least two full working days before you dig to locate underground utili¬ ties.
If present, elevated levels of lead can cause serious health problems, especially for preg¬ nant women and young children. Some people may be more vulnerable to contaminants in drinking water that the general population. lm¬ muno-compromised persons, such as persons with cancer undergoing chemotherapy, per¬ sons who have undergone organ transplants, people with HIV/AIDS or other immune system disorders, some elderly, and infants can be at risk from infections. These people should seek advice about drinking water from their health care providers. U.S. EPA and CDC guidelines on appropriate means to lessen the risk of in¬ fection by Cryptosporidium and other microbial contaminants are available from the Safe Drinking Water Hotline at (800) 426-4791. Lead in drinking water is primarily from materi¬ als and components associated with service lines and home plumbing. Jamestown Utilities is responsible for providing high quality drinking water, but cannot control the variety of materi¬ als 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. Infor¬ mation on lead in drinking water, testing meth¬ ods, and steps you can take to minimize expo¬ sure is available from the Safe Drinking Water Hotline or at http://www.epa.gov/safewater/ lead.
• For more information on Wellhead Protec¬ tion, contact Bobby Taylor Jr. at (765)676- 6331.
• To learn more about groundwater protec¬ tion and other drinking water resources, contact the Indiana Department of Environ¬ mental Management at (317) 308-3388 or visit their website at www.in.gov/idem
Jamestown Utilities 421 E Main Street Jamestown, IN 46147
Jamestown Utilities is pleased to present this year’s Annual Drinking Water Quality Report. This report is designed to keep you informed about the quality of your drinking water over the past year. Our goal is, and always has been, to provide you, the customer, with a safe and dependable supply of drinking water. We are pleased to report that our water is safe and meets all federal and state requirements.
The source of Jamestown’s drinking water is ground¬ water produced from three wells. To help protect our water supply wells from potential contamination,
Jamestown Utilities is currently implementing a Wellhead Protection Plan. The Wellhead Protection Plan focuses on public awareness and education and spill prevention and reporting. Emergency respond¬ ers have been trained in spill response procedures. Educational information has been mailed to land¬ owners and businesses in and around the Wellhead Protection Areas. The Wellhead Protection Plan and other educational materials are available to the public at the Jamestown Utility Office. Jamestown Utilities 421 E. Main Street Jamestown, IN 46147, (765)676-6331.
2016 Annual Drinking Water Quality Report
AVERAGE WATER QUALITY DATA FOR 2016
NAME OF SUBSTANCE
Violation Maximum Unit MCLG MCL Likely Source of Substance
yes/no level detected Measurement in Drinking Water
Uranium No .9 Ug/l 0 30 Erosion of natural deposits
Gross Alpha No 1 pCi/L 0 15 Erosion of natural deposits
Copper No 0.26(1) PPM 1.3 AL=1.3 Corrosion of household plumb-
ing systems;natural deposits
Lead No 1(1) PPB 0 AL=15 Corrosion household plumbing
Barium No 0.728 PPM 2 2 Erosion of Natural Deposits
Arsenic No 3.6 PPB 0 10 Erosion of natural deposits;
runoff from orchards, glass
& electronic waste
Cyanide No 59 PPB 200 200 Discharge from steel/ metal
factories or plastic/fertilizer
Fluoride No 0.98 PPM 4 4 Water additive which promotes
Disinfection B Products and Precursors
Total Trihalomethanes No 2 PPB 0 80 Product of disinfection
Total Haloacetic Acids No 2 PPB 0 60 Product of disinfection
Chlorine No 2 PPM 4 4 Additive to control microbes
Xylenes No .0009 PPM 10 10 Discharge from petroleum
Jamestown Utilities routinely monitors for constituents in your drinking water according to all Federal and State laws. The following table provides the results for only those constituents that were detected as part of our 2016 monitoring.
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 miner¬ als and in some cases, radioactive material, and can pick up substances resulting from the presence of animals or from human activity.
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 Pro¬ tection Agency’s Safe Drinking Water Hotline at (800) 426-4791.
Contaminants that may be present in source water inH elude:
• Microbial contaminants, such as viruses and bacteria, which may come from sewage treatment plants, sep¬ tic 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, stormwater runoff, and residential uses.
• Organic chemicals, including synthetic and volatile organic chemicals, which are byproducts of industrial processes and petroleum production and can also come from gas stations, urban stormwater runoff, and septic systems.
• Radioactive materials, which can be naturally occur¬ ring or be the result of oil and gas production and mining activities.
• While your drinking water meets EPA standards for arsenic, it does contain low levels of arsenic. EPSs standard balances the current understanding of ar¬ senics possible health effects against the costs of removing arsenic from drinking water. EPA continues to research the health effects of low levels of arsenic, which is a mineral known to cause cancer in humans at high concentrations and is linked to other health effects such as skin damage and circulatory prob¬ lems.
Violation type Violation Bep-an Violation end Violation Explanation
CCR Report 7/1/15 5/24/16 failed to provide our customers with an annual report
that informs them about the water quality.
Not Applicable (NIA) – no MCLG or MCL has been established for these unregulated constituents.
Below the Detection Limit (BDL) – constituent not detected in the sample.
Parts Per Million (PPM) – one part per million corresponds to one minute in two years or a single penny in $10,000. Parts Per Billion (PPB) – one part per billion corresponds to one minute in 2,000 years or a single penny in $10,000,000. Pfcocurles per liter (pCi/LJ – picocuries per liter is a measure of the radioactivity in water.