Beecher Metropolitan District
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Water Quality Report

 
                                           

Beecher Metropolitan District

2016 Water Quality Report

This report covers the drinking water quality for Beecher Metropolitan District for the 2016 calendar year.  This information is a snapshot of the quality of the water that we provided to you in 2016.  Included are details about where your water comes from, what it contains, and how it compares to Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and state standards.

Your water comes from 4 groundwater wells, each over 90 feet deep.  The State performed an assessment of our source water to determine the susceptibility or the relative potential of contamination.  The susceptibility rating is on a seven-tiered scale from "very-low" to "very-high" based on geologic sensitivity, well construction, water chemistry and contamination sources.  The susceptibility of our source is as follows;

   #3 Well- Abandoned

   #4 Well- Very High

   #5 Well- Very High

   #6 Well- Very High

   #7 Well- Very High (This is a back-up well)

The very high assessment is based primarily on the age of our wells.  In 2014 we had our wells #4 and #6 cleaned, overhauled, and video inspected. They were determined to be in good working order by our engineering firm.  Well #5 is scheduled to be cleaned, overhauled, and video inspected in 2017. If you would like to know more about the report, please contact our office at 810 787-6526.


Contaminants and their presence in water: 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 EPA’s Safe Drinking Water Hotline (800-426-4791).

  • Vulnerability of sub-populations:  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 systems 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 (800-426-4791).
  • Sources of drinking water:  The sources of drinking water (both tap water and bottled water) include rivers, lakes, streams, ponds, reservoirs, springs, and wells.  Our water comes from 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:

T       Microbial contaminants, such as viruses and bacteria, which may come from sewage treatment plants, septic systems, agricultural livestock operations and wildlife.

T       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.

T       Pesticides and herbicides, which may come from a variety of sources such as agriculture and residential uses.

T       Radioactive contaminants, which can be naturally occurring or be the result of oil and gas production and mining activities.

T       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.

 

In order to ensure that tap water is safe to drink, EPA prescribes regulations that 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 provide the same protection for public health.


Water Quality Data

The table below lists all the drinking water contaminants that we detected during the 2016 calendar year.  The presence of these contaminants in the water does not necessarily indicate that the water poses a health risk.  Unless otherwise noted, the data presented in this table is from testing done January 1 – December 31, 2016.  The State allows 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.  All of the data is representative of the water quality, but some are more than one year old.

 

Terms and abbreviations used below:

 

  • 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.
  • 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 Residual Disinfectant 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 Disinfectant Level Goal (MRDLG):  means 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.
  • N/A:  Not applicable   ND:  not detectable at testing limit  ppb:  parts per billion or micrograms per liter  ppm:  parts per million or milligrams per liter  pCi/l:  picocuries per liter (a measure of radioactivity).
  • Action Level (AL):  The concentration of a contaminant which, if exceeded, triggers treatment or other requirements that a water system must follow.

 

Regulated
Contaminant

MCL

MCLG

 Highest Level Detected
Range

Year Sampled

Violation
Yes / No

Typical Source of Contaminant

Arsenic*
(ppb)

10

0

8.5

6 to 9

Quarterly in 2016

No

Erosion of natural deposits; Runoff from orchards; Runoff from glass and electronics production wastes

Barium
(ppm)

2

2

0.21

0.12 to 0.21

2012

No

Discharge of drilling wastes; Discharge of metal refineries; Erosion of natural deposits

Fluoride
(ppm)

4

4

0.84

0.81 to 0.92

2016

No

Erosion of natural deposits. Discharge from fertilizer and aluminum factories.

TTHM - Total
Trihalomethanes
(ppb)

80

N/A

43.5

14.8 to 43.5

2016

No

Byproduct of drinking water disinfection

HAA5
Haloacetic Acids
(ppb)

60

N/A

2

1 to 2

2016

No

Byproduct of drinking water disinfection

Chlorine*
(ppm)

MRDL

MRDLG

0.3

0.1 to 0.8

Monthly in 2016

No

Water additive used to control microbes

4

4

Nitrate

(ppm)

10

10

0.5

ND to 0.5

2016

No

 Erosion of natural deposits. Runoff from fertilizer use; leaking from septic tanks, and sewage

Radioactive
Contaminant

MCL

MCLG

Level Detected
Range

Year Sampled

Violation
Yes / No

Typical Source of Contaminant

Alpha Emitters
(pCi/L)

15

0

5.0

ND to 5.0

2014

No

Erosion of natural deposits

Combined Radium
(pCi/L)

5

0

1.2

ND to 1

2014

No

Erosion of natural deposits

Contaminant Subject to AL

Action Level

MCLG

90% of Samples
< This Level

Year Sampled

Number of Samples Above AL

Typical Source of Contaminant

Lead (ppb) **

15

0

3

2016

1

Corrosion of household plumbing systems; Erosion of natural deposits

Copper (ppm)**

1.3

1.3

0.140

2016

0

Corrosion of household plumbing systems; Erosion of natural deposits; Leaching from wood preservatives

Special Monitoring and
Unregulated Contaminant ***

Level Detected

Year Sampled

Comments

Sodium (ppm)

Average: 31

Range: 29 to 34

2016

Typical source is erosion of natural deposits

  *    Arsenic and Chlorine was calculated using the running annual average.                                                     

**   90 percent of the samples collected were at or below the level reported for our water.

*** Unregulated contaminants are those for which EPA has not established drinking water standards. Monitoring helps EPA to determine where certain contaminants occur and whether it needs to regulate those contaminants.

 

Information about lead:  If present, elevated levels of lead can cause serious health problems, especially for pregnant women and young children. Infants and children who drink water containing lead in excess of the action level could experience delays in their physical or mental development. Children could show slight deficits in attention span and learning abilities. Adults who drink this water over many years could develop kidney problems or high blood pressure. Lead in drinking water is primarily from materials and components associated with service lines and home plumbing. Beecher Metropolitan District 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.epa.gov/safewater/lead.

 

Information about arsenic:  While your drinking water meets EPA's standard for arsenic, it does contain low levels of arsenic.  EPA's standard balances the current understanding of arsenic's 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 problems.

Monitoring and Reporting to the DEQ Requirements: The State and EPA require us to test our water on a regular basis to ensure its safety.  We met all the monitoring and reporting requirements for 2016.

We will update this report annually and will keep you informed of any problems that may occur throughout the year, as they happen. Copies are available at our office at 1057 Louis Avenue, Flint, MI 48505. This report will not be sent to you.

We invite public participation in decisions that affect drinking water quality.  The Beecher Metropolitan District Board of Commissioners meets the second Wednesday of every month at 6:00pm at the district office located at 1057 Louis Avenue. For more information about your water, or the contents of this report, contact Kevin Forbes at (810) 787-6526 extension 102. For more information about safe drinking water, visit the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency at www.epa.gov/safewater/.

 

 


 

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