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
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.
||Sample Date (if prior to 1998)
||Typical Source of Contaminant
Presence of coliform bacteria in >=5% of
||Naturally present in the environment.
||Corrosion of household plumbing
systems; Erosion of natural deposits; Leaching from wood preserves.
||Corrosion of household plumbing
systems; Erosion of natural deposits.
||Runoff from fertilizer use; Leaching
from septic tanks, sewage; Erosion of natural deposits
||Discharge of drilling wastes, metal refineries, natural
||Erosion of natural deposits
Water additive which promotes strong teeth
Discharge form fertilizer and aluminum factories
Health effects for any contaminants with MCL violations
||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.
||Action Level: The concentration
of a contaminant, which, if exceeded, triggers treatment or other requirements
which a water system must follow.
||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
||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.
||million fibers per liter
||millirems per year (a measure
of radiation absorbed by the body)
||Nephelometric Turbidity Units
||picocuries per liter (a measure
||parts per million, or milligrams
per liter (mg/l)
||parts per billion, or micrograms
per liter (ug/l)
||parts per trillion, or nanograms
||parts per quadrillion, or picograms
||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
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
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
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.
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
Bloomer Medical Center
Bloomer High School
Bloomer Middle School
Bloomer Elementary School
St Pauls Catholic School
Bloomer Public Library
Extra copies will be available at Bloomer City Hall and
A more detailed report is available at www.dnr.state.wi.us
Bloomer water system Facility ID# 60904481
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