2013 Consumer Confidence Report

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OUR DRINKING WATER MEETS OR EXCEEDS ALL FEDERAL (EPA) DRINKING WATER REQUIRMENTS

This report is a summary of the quality of the water we provide our customers. The analysis was made by using the data from the most recent U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) required tests and is presented in the attached pages. We hope this information helps you become more knowledgeable about what is in your drinking water.

THIS REPORT CONTAINS:

. GENERAL WATER ANALYSIS INFORMATION

. COMPLINACE WITH DRINKING WATER REGULATIONS

. DEFINITIONS OF TERMS USED

. LOCATION OF OUR WATER SUPPLY

En Española

Este informe incluye informacion importante sobre el agua potable. Si tiene preguntas o comentarios sobre este informe en española, favor de llamor al tel. (903)683-2213 para hablar con una persona bilingue en española.

Public Participation Opportunities

Our City Council meets on the second Thursday of every month at the City Council Chambers, 219 S Main Street (behind the Fire Department), Rusk, Texas.

For more information about this report, or for any questions related to your drinking water, please contact our Public Works Director at (903)683-2321.

WATER SOURCES:    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 he 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 before treatment include: microbes, inorganic contaminants, pesticides, herbicides, and radioactive contaminants.

Special Notice for the ELDERLY, INFANTS, CANCER PATIENTS, and people with HIV/AIDS or any other Immune Problems:

Some people may be more vulnerable to contaminants in drinking water than the general population. Immuno-compromised 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 drinking water from their health care providers. The EPA/Centers for Disease Control and Preventions (CDC) guidelines on appropriate means to lessen the risk of infection by Cryptosporidium and other microbial contaminants are available from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Safe Drinking Water Hot-line at (1-800-426-4791).

              Where do we get our drinking water?

Our drinking water is obtained from GROUND water sources. It comes from the following Lake/River/Aquifer: CARRIZO WILCOX AQUIFER. A Source Water Susceptibility Assessment for your drinking water source. Is currently being updated by the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (T.C.E.Q.) and will be provided to us later this year. The report will describe the susceptibility and types of constituents that may come in contact with your drinking water source protection efforts at our system, please contact us.

ALL drinking water may contain contaminants

When drinking water meets federal standards there may not be any health based benefits to purchasing bottled water or point of use devices. 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 (1-800-426-4792)

Secondary Constituents

Many constituents (such as calcium, sodium, or iron) which are often found in drinking water can cause taste, color, and odor problems. The taste and odor constituents are called secondary constituents and are regulated by the State of Texas, not the EPA. These constituents are not causes for health concern. Therefore, secondary constituents are not required to be reported in this document but they may greatly affect the appearance and taste of your water.

About The Following Pages

The pages that follow list all of the federally regulated or monitored contaminants which have been found in your drinking water.

The U.S. EPA requires water systems to test for up to 97 contaminants.

                                                       

Annual Drinking Water Quality Report

TX0370003

CITY OF RUSK

Annual Water Quality Report for the period of January 1 to December 31, 2013

For more information regarding this report contact:

This report is intended to provide you with important information about your drinking water and the efforts made by the water system to provide safe drinking water.

Name  Thomas Thompson                                          Phone (903)683-2213         

CITY OF RUSK is Ground Water

Este reporte incluye información importante sobre el agua para tomar.Para asistencia en español, favor de llamar al telefono ( 903) 683- 2213.

                                                                                  Sources of Drinking Water

The sources of drinking water (both tap water 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 and, in some cases, radioactive material, and can pickup 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 water poses a health risk.More information about contaminants and potential health effects can be obtained by calling the EPAs Safe Drinking Water Hotline at (800) 426-4791.

Contaminants that may be present in source water include:

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

-  Inorganic contaminants, such as salts and metals, which can be naturally-occurring or result from urban storm water 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, urban storm water runoff, and residential uses.

-  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.

-  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.

Contaminants may be found in drinking water that may cause taste, color, or odor problems.These types of problems are not necessarily causes for health concerns. For more information on taste, odor, or color of drinking water, please contact the system's business office.

You may be more vulnerable than the general population to certain microbial contaminants, such as Cryptosporidium, in drinking water.Infants, some elderly, or immunocompromised persons such as those undergoing chemotherapy for cancer; persons who have undergone organ transplants; those who are undergoing treatment with steroids; and people with HIV/AIDS or other immune system disorders, can be particularly at risk from infections. You should seek advice about drinking water from your physician or health care providersAdditional guidelines on appropriate means to lessen the risk of infection by Cryptosporidium are available from the Safe Drinking Water Hotline (800-426-4791).

If present, elevated levels of lead can cause serious health problems, especially for pregnant women and young children. Lead in drinking water is primarily from materials and components associated with service lines and home plumbing. We are responsible for providing high quality drinking water, but we 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 Source Water Assessments

A Source Water Susceptibility Assessment for your drinking water source(s) is currently being updated by the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality. This information describes the susceptibility and types of constituents that may come into contact with your drinking water source based on human activities and natural conditions. The information contained in the assessment allows us to focus source water protection strategies.

For more information about your sources of water, please refer to the Source Water Assessment Viewer available at the following URL:

http://gis3.tceq.state.tx.us/swav/Controller/index.jsp?wtrsrc=

Further details about sources and source-water assessments are available in Drinking Water Watch at the following URL:http://dww.tceq.texas.gov/DWW

Source Water Name

Type of Water

Report Status

Location

1 - PLANT 1 / COPELAND ST                        PLANT 1 (COPELAND ST)                                  GW                                                                813 E Copeland St                                                                                                                                 

2 - PLANT 2 / GUINN PL                                  PLANT 2 (GUINN PL)                                          GW                                                                436 Guinn Place Dr

                                                                                                                                                                                                             

3 - PLANT 3 (US 69 / SE US 84)                      PLANT 3 (US 69 / SE US84)                                GW                                                                328 S Dickinson Dr                                                                                                                                                   

4 - PLANT 4 / US 84 W                                    PLANT 4 (US 84 W)                                            GW                                                                2080 W 6th St.

5 - PLANT 4 / US 84 W                                    PLANT 4 (US 84 W)                                            GW                                                                2080 W 6th St

6 - FM 343                                                                                                                                        GW                                                                887 FM 343

                                                                                                                                                                         

2013

Regulated Contaminants Detected

Lead and Copper

Definitions:

Action Level Goal (ALG): The level of a contaminant in drinking water below which there is no known or expected risk to health.ALGs allow for a margin of safety. Action Level: The concentration of a contaminant which, if exceeded, triggers treatment or other requirements which a water system must follow.

Lead and Copper

Date Sampled

MCLG

Action Level (AL)

90th Percentile

# Sites Over AL

Units

Violation

Likely Source of Contamination

Copper

08/17/2011

0

ppm

N

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

Lead

08/17/2011

0

15

0

ppb

N

Corrosion of household plumbing systems; Erosion of natural deposits.

Water Quality Test Results

Definitions:                                                                  The following tables contain scientific terms and measures, some of which may require explanation. Avg:                                                                                      Regulatory compliance with some MCLs are based on running annual average of monthly samples.

Maximum Contaminant Level or 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 Contaminant Level Goal or 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 residual disinfectant level or 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 or MRDLG: 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.

MFL                                                                              million fibers per liter (a measure of asbestos)

na:                                                                                not applicable.

NTU                                                                              nephelometric turbidity units (a measure of turbidity)

pCi/L                                                                            picocuries per liter (a measure of radioactivity)

Water Quality Test Results

ppb:                                                                              micrograms per liter or parts per billion - or one ounce in 7,350,000 gallons of water. ppm:              milligrams per liter or parts per million - or one ounce in 7,350 gallons of water.

ppt                                                                                parts per trillion, or nanograms per liter (ng/L)

ppq                                                                              parts per quadrillion, or pictograms per liter (pg/L)

                               

Disinfectant Residual Table

Disinfectant  Year    Average Level  Minimum Level  Maximum Level  MRDL  MRDLG  Units of Measure Violation Y/N  Likely Source of Contamination     

Chlorine        2013          1.03                        0.20                    2.20              4            4                  mg/L                N                Water additive used to control                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          microbes                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    microbes

  Water loss 2013 was 2,024,000 gallons.

The TCEQ completed an assessment of your source water and results indicate that our sources have a low susceptibility to contaminants. The sampling

requirements for your water system are based on this susceptibility and previous sample data. Any detection of these contaminants may be found in this

    Consumer Confident Report. For more information on source water assessments and protection efforts at our system, contact (Thomas Thompson).

Regulated Contaminants

Disinfectants and Disinfection

By-Products

Collection Date

Highest Level

Detected

Range of Levels

Detected

MCLG

MCL

Units

Violation

Likely Source of Contamination

Halo acetic Acids (HAA5)*

2013

9

No goal for the total

60

ppb

N

By-product of drinking water disinfection.

Total Trihalomethanes

(TTHM)

2013

41

No goal for the total

80

ppb

N

By-product of drinking water disinfection.

Inorganic Contaminants

Collection Date

Highest Level

Detected

Range of Levels

Detected

MCLG

MCL

Units

Violation

Likely Source of Contamination

Antimony

06/02/2011

6

6

ppb

N

Discharge from petroleum refineries; fire retardants; ceramics; electronics; solder; test addition.

Asbestos

02/21/2012

0 - 0.5857

7

7

MFL

N

Decay of asbestos cement water mains; Erosion of natural deposits.

Barium

06/02/2011

2

2

ppm

N

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

Chromium

06/02/2011

100

100

ppb

N

Discharge from steel and pulp mills; Erosion of natural deposits.

Fluoride

04/26/2011

4

ppm

N

Erosion of natural deposits; Water additive which promotes strong teeth; Discharge from fertilizer and aluminum factories.

Nitrate [measured as

Nitrogen]

2013

10

10

ppm

N

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

Thallium

06/02/2011

2

ppb

N

Discharge from electronics, glass, and Leaching from ore-processing sites; drug factories.

Radioactive Contaminants

Collection Date

Highest Level

Detected

Range of Levels

Detected

MCLG

MCL

Units

Violation

Likely Source of Contamination

Combined Radium 226/228

2013

1

1 - 1

0

5

pCi/L

N

Erosion of natural deposits.

Violations Table

Consumer Confidence Rule

The Consumer Confidence Rule requires community water systems to prepare and provide to their customers annual consumer confidence reports on the quality of the water delivered by the systems.

Violation Type

Violation Begin

Violation End

Violation Explanation

CCR ADEQUACY/AVAILABILITY/CONTENT

07/01/2012

12/13/2013

We failed to provide to you, our drinking water customers, an annual report that adequately informed you about the quality of our drinking water and the risks from exposure to contaminants detected in our drinking water.

CCR REPORT

07/01/2013

12/13/2013

We failed to provide to you, our drinking water customers, an annual report that informs you about the quality of our drinking water and characterizes the risks from exposure to contaminants detected in our drinking water.

Fecal coliforms and E. coli are bacteria whose presence indicates that the water may be contaminated with human or animal wastes. Microbes in these wastes can cause short-term effects, such as diarrhea, cramps, nausea, headaches, or other symptoms. They may pose a special health risk for infants, young children, and people with severely compromised immune systems.

Violation Type

Violation Begin

Violation End

Violation Explanation

MONITOR GWR TRIGGERED/ADDITIONAL, MINOR

04/01/2013

04/30/2013

We failed to collect all the required follow-up samples within 24 hours of learning of the total coliform-positive sample. These needed to be tested for fecal indicators from all sources that were being used at the time the positive sample was collected.