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Annual Drinking Water Quality Report

Last Updated: 05/15/00

We’re very pleased to provide you with this year’s Annual Quality Water Report. We want to keep you informed about the excellent water and services we have delivered to you over the past year. Our goal is and always has been, to provide to you a safe and dependable supply of drinking water. Our water source is drawn to the surface for our use by four municipal wells. Well depths are as follows #2-177’, #3-175’, #4-185’, #5-292’. Because of the depth and construction of these wells they are not immediately vulnerable to contamination.

I am pleased to report that our drinking water is safe and meets federal and state requirements.

This report shows our water quality and what it means.

If you have any questions about this report or concerning your water utility, please contact Mike Meindel or Joe Bohl at  (715) 568-2424. 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 at City Hall on the second and fourth Wednesdays of each month.

The Bloomer Water Utility routinely monitors for contaminants in your drinking water according to Federal and State laws. This table shows the results of our monitoring for the period of January 1st to December 31st 1999. All drinking water, including bottled drinking water, may be reasonably expected to contain at least small amounts of some contaminants. It’s important to remember that the presence of these contaminants does not necessarily pose a health risk. The state requires 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. Some of our data (e.g. for organic contaminants), though representative, is more than one year old.
 
 

Microbiological Contaminants
 

Contaminant (units) MCL MCLG Level Found Range Sample Date (if prior to 1998) Violation Typical Source of Contaminant
Coliform (TCR)
Presence of coliform bacteria in >=5% of monthly samples
0 2     YES  Naturally present in the environment. 
COPPER (ppm)
AL=1.3
1.3 .0810 .0810 03/16/99 NO Corrosion of household plumbing systems; Erosion of natural deposits; Leaching from wood preserves.
LEAD (ppb)
AL=15
0 3.00 3.00 3/16/99 NO Corrosion of household plumbing systems; Erosion of natural deposits.
NITRATE

(N03-N) (ppm)

10
10
3.38

(ave-
rage)

.20-
4.50
3/16/99 NO Runoff from fertilizer use; Leaching from septic tanks, sewage; Erosion of natural deposits
SODIUM (ppm)
n/a
n/a
3.31

(ave-
rage)

2.29-
4.54
 3/16/99 NO n/a
BARIUM (ppm) 2 2 .004
(average)
.001-.006 3/16/99 NO Discharge of drilling wastes, metal refineries, natural deposits.
FLUORIDE 4 4 .2
(average)
.1-.2 3/16/99 NO Erosion of natural deposits
Water additive which promotes strong teeth
Discharge form fertilizer and aluminum factories

Health effects for any contaminants with MCL violations
 

Contaminant Health Effects
Coliform (TCR) Coliforms are bacteria, which are naturally present in the environment and are used as an indicator that other, potentially-harmful, bacteria may be present. Coliforms were found in more samples than allowed and this was a warning of potential problems.
Term Definition
AL Action Level: The concentration of a contaminant, which, if exceeded, triggers treatment or other requirements which a water system must follow.
MCL 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.
MCLG Maximum Contaminant Level Goal: The level of a contaminant in drink-ing water below which there is no known or expected risk to health. MCLGs allow for a margin of safety.
MFL million fibers per liter
mrem/year millirems per year (a measure of radiation absorbed by the body)
NTU Nephelometric Turbidity Units
pCi/l picocuries per liter (a measure of radioactivity)
ppm parts per million, or milligrams per liter (mg/l)
ppb parts per billion, or micrograms per liter (ug/l)
ppt parts per trillion, or nanograms per liter
ppq parts per quadrillion, or picograms per liter
TT Treatment Technique: A required process intended to reduce the level of a contaminant in drinking water.

Nitrate in drinking water at levels above 10 ppm is a health risk for infants 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.

Infants and young children are typically more vulnerable to lead in drinking water than the general population. It is possible that lead levels at your home may be higher than at other homes in the community as a result of materials used in your home’s plumbing. If you are concerned about the elevated lead levels in your home’s water, you may wish to have your water tested and flush you tap for 30 seconds to 2 minutes before using tap water. Additional information is available from the Safe Drinking Water Hotline (1-800-426-4791).

The table shows that our system uncovered some problems this year. Violations occurred on the following dates 7-14, 9-8, 10-5, and 11-2. The violation Coliform (TCR)…has potential adverse health effects as previously stated under HEALTH EFFECTS. This condition was corrected by chlorinating the entire water system.

"All sources of drinking water are subject to potential contamination by contaminants that are naturally occurring or are man made. Those contaminants can be microbes, organic or inorganic chemicals, or radioactive materials."

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.

MCLS’s are set at very stringent levels. To understand the possible health effects described for many regulated contaminants, 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 change of having the described health effect.

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 water from their health care providers. EPA/CDC guidelines on appropriate means to lessen the risk of infection by cryptosporidium and other microbiological contaminants are available from the Safe Drinking Water Hotline (800-426-4791).

Please call our office if you have questions.

We at the Bloomer Water Utility 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.

Water, Sewer, Street Adm.

Mike Meindel


THIS YEAR THE WATER QUALITY REPORT WILL NOT BE MAILED TO ALL WATER CUSTOMERS BUT WILL BE AVAILABLE AT THE FOLLOWING LOCATIONS:
Hetzel Care Center
Maplewood Manor
Bloomer Medical Center
Bloomer High School
Bloomer Middle School
Bloomer Elementary School
St Pauls Catholic School
Bloomer Public Library
Nelson Division
Bloomer Plastics
AJ Manufacturing
Extra copies will be available at Bloomer City Hall and Water Utility.
A more detailed report is available at www.dnr.state.wi.us Bloomer water system Facility ID# 60904481

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