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2016

ANNUAL DRINKING WATER

QUALITY REPORT

FOR

EASTERN BARTHOLOMEW

WATER CORPORATION

812-526-9777

 

 

Dear E.B.W.C. Customers:

 

We’re pleased to present to you this year’s Annual Quality Water Report. This report is designed to inform you about the quality of water and services we deliver to you every day. Our constant goal is provide you with a safe and dependable supply of drinking water. We want you to understand the efforts we make to continually improve the water treatment process and protect our water resources. We are committed to ensuring the quality of your water. Our water source is supplied by ground water supply wells. These wells draw from the glacial sand and gravel outwash aquifer and are influenced by the Driftwood and Flatrock Rivers. Our water system is working with the community to increase awareness of better waste disposal practices to further protect the sources of our drinking water. We are also working with other agencies and with local watershed groups to educate the community on ways to keep our water safe.

This report shows our water quality and what is means. If you have any questions about this report or concerning your water utility, please contact Donald Smith, Jr., at (812) 526-9777 or via email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. We want our valued customers to beinformed about their water utility. Feel free to contact our office with any questions or concerns about your drinking water.

Eastern Bartholomew Water Corporation routinely monitors for constituents in your drinking water according to Federal and State laws. This notice shows the results of our monitoring for the period of January 1st to December 31st, 2016. All drinking water, including bottled drinking water, may be reasonably expected to contain at least small amounts of some constituents. It’s important to remember that the presence of these constituents does not necessarily pose a health risk.

We at EBWC are proud that your drinking water meets or exceeds all Federal and State requirements. We have learned through our monitoring and testing that some constituents have been detected. The EPA has determined that your water IS SAFE at these levels. 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.   Maximum Contaminant Level's (MCL's) are set at very stringent levels. To understand the possible health effects described for many regulated constituents, a person would have to drink 2 liters of water every day at the MCL level for a lifetime to have a 1:1,000,000 chance 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 drinking 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 at 1-800-426-4791.                                             

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. Eastern Bartholomew Water Corporation 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 drinking 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 www. epa.gov/safewater/lead.

Please call the EBWC office if you have any questions.

A Source Water Assessment (SWA) has been prepared for our system. According to this assessment, our system has been categorized with a moderate susceptibility risk. More information of this assessment can be obtained by contacting the EBWC office or Ms. Rebecca Travis of IDEM’s Drinking Water Branch at (317) 308-3329.

We at EBWC 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.

Sincerely,

Donald Smith, Jr.

Superintendent

Eastern Bartholomew Water Corporation

IMPORTANT TERMS

Non-Detects (ND) – laboratory analysis indicates that the constituent is not present.

 

Parts per million (ppm) or Milligrams per liter (mg/l) – one part per million corresponds to one minute in two years or a single penny in $10,000.

 

Picocuries per liter (pCi/L) – picocuries per liter is a measure of the radioactivity in water.

 

Millirems per year (mrem/yr) – measure of radiation absorbed by the body.

 

Million Fibers per liter (MFL) – a measure of the presence of asbestos fibers that are longer than 10 micrometers.

 

Nephelometric Turbidity Unit (NTU) – a measure of the clarity of water. Turbidity in excess of 5 NTU is just noticeable to the average person.

 

Variance & Exemptions (V&E) – State or EPA permission not to meet an MCL or5 a treatment technique under certain conditions.

 

Action Level – the concentration of a contaminant, which, if exceeded, triggers treatment or other requirements, which a water system must follow.

 

Treatment Technique (TT) – a required process intended to reduce the level of a contaminant in drinking water.

 

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 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 Residual Disinfectant Level (MRDL) – the highest level of disinfectant allowed in drinking water

 

Maximum Residual Disinfectant Level Goal (MRDLG) – the level of drinking water disinfectant below which there is no known or expected risk to health.

 

Parts per Billion (ppb) – A measure for concentration equivalent to milligrams per liter.

 

Potential Violation (P*) – one that is likely to occur in the near future, subject to other applicable requirements.

 

NA – either not available or not applicable.

ppb - micrograms per liter or parts per billion(one ounce in 7,350,000 gallons of water).

ppm - milligrams per liter or parts per million (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).

TEST RESULTS

 

 

CONTAMINANT

VIOLATION

Y/N

LEVEL

DETECTED

UNIT OF MEASUREMENT

MCLG

 

 

MCL

 

 

LIKELY SOURCE OF CONTAMINATION

MICROBIOLOGICAL CONTAMINANTS

Total Coli form Bacteria

Y*

None

15 Samples per month

0

Presence of coli form bacteria in 5% of monthly samples

Naturally present in the environment

Improper Sampling Technique

*IDEM changed the required number of monthly samples from 10 to 15 in October 2010.

Fecal Coli form and E.coli

N

None

 

0

A routine sample and repeat sample are total coli form positive, and one is also fecal coli form or E.coli positive

Human and animal fecal waste

Turbidity

NA

 

 

NA

TT

Soil Runoff

RADIOACTIVE CONTAMINANT

Beta/Photon Emitters

N

0+/-3.59

pCi/L

0

50

Decay of natural and man-made deposits

Alpha Emitters

N

0.68+1.6

pCi/L

0

15

Erosion of natural deposits

Combined Radium

N

 

pCi/L

0

5

Erosion of natural deposits

INORGANIC CONTAMINANTS

Antimony

N

<.001

mg/L

0.006

0.006

Discharge from petroleum refineries, fire retardants, ceramics, electronics, solder

Arsenic  8/14

N

0.8

ppb

 

10.0

Erosion of natural deposits, Runoff from orchards’ runoff from glass and electronics production waste

Sodium

N

15.5

mg/L

 

 

Erosion of natural deposits

Barium 8/14

N

0.0569

ppm 

2

2

Discharge of drilling wastes, Discharge from metal refineries

Erosion of natural deposits

Beryllium

N

<.002

mg/L

0.004

0.004

Discharge from metal refineries and coal-burning factories

Discharge from electrical, aerospace, and defense industries

Cadmium

N

<.002

mg/L

0.005

0.005

Corrosion of galvanized pipes, Erosion of natural deposits

Discharge from metal refineries, Runoff from waste batteries

Chromium

N

<.005

mg/L

0.1

0.1

Discharge from steel/pulp mills, Erosion of natural deposits

Copper 8/14

N

0.13 

ppm

1.3

1.3

Corrosion of household plumbing, Erosion of natural deposits

Cyanide

N

ND

mg/L

0.2

0.2

Discharge from steel, metal, plastic, and fertilizer factories

Fluoride 8/14

N

0.9

ppm 

4.0 

Natural erosion; water additive which promotes strong teeth

Discharge from fertilizer, aluminum factories

Lead 8/14

N

 

ppb 

0

15

Corrosion of household plumbing, Erosion of natural deposits

Mercury (inorganic)

N

<.0010

mg/L

0.002

0.002

Erosion of natural deposits, Discharge from refineries and factories, Runoff from landfills and croplands

Nitrate (as Nitrogen) 2016

N

2

ppm

10

10

Erosion of natural deposits, Runoff from fertilizer, Septic tank or sewage leaching

Nickel

N

<.02

mg/L

 

 

Erosion of natural deposits, Runoff from fertilizer

Selenium

N

<.005

mg/L

0.05

0.05

Erosion of natural deposits, Discharge from petroleum/metal refineries, Discharge from mining

Thallium

N

<.001

mg/L

0.002

0.002

Leaching from ore-processing sites, Discharge from electronics, glass, or drug factories

SYNTHETIC ORGANIC CONTAMINANTS

2,4 – D

N

ND

mg/L

0.07

0.07

Runoff from herbicide used on row crops

2,4,5 – TP (Silvex)

N

ND

mg/L

0.05

0.05

Residue of banned herbicide

Acrylamide

N

 

mg/L

0

TT

Added to water during sewage/wastewater treatment

Alachlor

N

ND

mg/L

0

0.002

Runoff from herbicide used on row crops

Atrazine

N

ND

mg/L

0.003

0.003

Runoff from herbicide used on row crops

Benzo(a)pyrene (PAH)

N

ND

mg/L

0

0.0002

Leaching from linings of water storage tanks and water mains

Carbofuran

N

ND

mg/L

0.04

0.04

Leaching of soil fumigant used on rice and alfalfa

Chlordane

N

ND

mg/L

0

0.002

Residue of banned termiticide

Dalapon

N

ND

mg/L

0.2

0.2

Runoff from herbicide used on rights of way

Di (2-ethylhexyl)adipate

N

ND

mg/L

0.4

0.4

Discharge from chemical factories

Di (2-ethylhexyl) phthalate

N

ND

mg/L

0

0.006

Discharge from chemical and rubber factories

Dibromochloropropane

N

ND

mg/L

0

0.0002

Runoff/leaching from soil fumigant used on soybeans, cotton, pineapples, and orchards

Dinoseb

N

ND

mg/L

0.007

0.007

Runoff from herbicide used on soybeans and vegetables

Diquat

N

ND

mg/L

0.02

0.02

Runoff from herbicide used on soybeans and vegetables

Dioxin

N

ND

mg/L

0

0.00000003

Discharge from chemical factories, Emissions from waste incinerations

Endothall

N

ND

mg/L

0.1

0.1

Runoff from herbicide used on soybeans and vegetables

Endrin

N

ND

mg/L

0.0002

0.0002

Residue from banned insecticide

Epichlorohydrin

N

ND

mg/L

0

TT

Discharge from industrial chemical factories

Impurity of some water treatment chemicals

Ethylene Dibromide

N

ND

mg/L

0

0.0005

Discharge from petroleum refineries

Glyphosate

N

ND

mg/L

>6.0

700

Runoff from herbicide used on soybeans and vegetables

Heptachlor

N

ND

mg/L

0

0.0004

Residue of banned termiticide

Heptachlor Epoxide

N

ND

mg/L

0

0.0002

Breakdown of heptachlor

Hexachlorobenzene

N

ND

mg/L

0

0.001

Discharge from metal refinery/agricultural chemical factories

Hexachlorocyclo-pentadiene

N

ND

mg/L

0.05

0.05

Discharge from chemical factories

Lindane

N

ND

mg/L

0.0002

0.0002

Runoff/leaching from insecticides used on Cattle/lumber/gardens

Methoxyclor

N

ND

mg/L

0.04

0.04

Runoff/leaching from insecticides used on Fruits/vegetables/alfalfa/livestock

Ox amyl (Vydate)

N

ND

mg/L

0.0005

0.0005

Runoff/leaching from insecticides used on apples/potatoes/tomatoes

PCBs (Polychlorinatedbiphenyls)

N

ND

mg/L

0.001

0.001

Runoff from landfills, Discharge from waste chemicals

Pentachlorophenol

N

ND

mg/L

0.001

0.001

Discharge from wood preserving factories

Picloram

N

ND

mg/L

0.5

0.5

Runoff from herbicide used on soybeans and vegetables

Simazine

N

ND

mg/L

0.004

0.004

Runoff from herbicide used on soybeans and vegetables

Toxaphene

N

ND

mg/L

0.003

0.003

Runoff/leaching from insecticides used on cotton/cattle

VOLATILE ORGANIC CONTAMINANTS

Benzene

N

ND

mg/L

0

0.005

Discharge from factories, Leaching from gas storage tanks/landfills

Carbon Tetrachloride

N

ND

mg/L

0

0.005

Discharge from chemical plants and other industrial activities

Chlorobenzene

N

ND

mg/L

0.1

0.1

Discharge from chemical/agricultural factories

o-Dichlorobenzene

N

ND

mg/L

0.6

0.6

Discharge from industrial chemical factories

p-Dichlorobenzene

N

ND

mg/L

0.075

0.075

Discharge from industrial chemical factories

1,2 – Dichloroethane

N

ND

mg/L

0

0.005

Discharge from industrial chemical factories

1,1 – Dichloroethylene

N

ND

mg/L

0.1

0.1

Discharge from industrial chemical factories

Cis – 1,2 – Dichloroethylene

N

ND

mg/L

0.07

0.07

Discharge from industrial chemical factories

Trans – 1,2 – Dichloroethylene

N

ND

mg/L

0.1

0.1

Discharge from industrial chemical factories

Dichloromethane

N

ND

mg/L

0

0.005

Discharge from pharmaceutical/chemical factories

1,2 – Dichloropropane

N

ND

mg/L

0

0.005

Discharge from industrial chemical factories

Ethyl benzene

N

ND

mg/L

0.7

0.7

Discharge from petroleum refineries

Methyl tert butyl ether

N

ND

mg/L

 

 

No MCL has been established

Styrene

N

ND

mg/L

0.1

0.1

Discharge from rubber/plastics factories, Leaching from landfills

Tetrachloroethylene

N

ND

mg/L

0

0.005

Leaching from PVC pipes, Discharge from factories/dry cleaners

1,2,4 – Trichlorobenzene

N

ND

mg/L

0.07

0.07

Discharge from textile finishing factories

1,1,1 – Trichloroethane

N

ND

mg/L

0.2

0.2

Discharge from metal degreasing sites and other factories

1,1,2 - Trichloroethane

N

ND

mg/L

0.003

0.005

Discharge from industrial chemical factories

Trichloroethylene

N

ND

mg/L

0

0.005

Discharge from metal degreasing sites and other factories

TTHM (total) 2016

N

9

ppb

80

0.1

By-Product of drinking water chlorination

Toluene

N

ND

mg/L

1

1

Discharge from petroleum factories

Vinyl Chloride

N

ND

mg/L

0

0.002

Leaching from PVC pipes, Discharge from plastics factories

Xylenes

N

ND

mg/L

10

10

Discharge from petroleum/chemical factories

Halo Acetic Acid (HAA5) 2016

Total

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N

3

ppb

60

 

Byproduct of drinking water disinfection

Chlorine   2016              n          1-1       ppm    mrdlg=4  mrdl = 4        Water additive used to control microbes

Total Coliform

Coliforms are bacteria that 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.

 

VIOLATION TABLE:

REVISED TOTAL COLIFORM RULE (RTCR)

 

The revised Total Coliform Rule (RTCR seeks to prevent waterborne diseases caused by E. coli. E. coli are bacteria whose presence indicates that the water may be contaminated with human or animal wastes. Human pathogens in these wastes can cause short-term effects, such as diarrhea, cramps, nausea, headaches, or other symptoms. They may pose a greater health risk for infants, young children, the elderly, and people with severely compromised immune systems.

 

Violation Type                      Violation Begin                          Violation End                         Violation Explanation

 

Report Sample                            10/01/2016                                 10/31/2016                            We failed to submit sample results or report a

Result / Fail                                                                                                                                  failure to test our drinking water in a timely manner

Monitor RTCR

 

Definition of terms:
MCL = Maximum contaminant level. The highest level of a contaminant 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 drinking water below which there is no known or expected risk to health. MCLGs allow for a margin of safety.
N/A = Not applicable.
pCi/l = Picocuries per liter is a measure of radioactivity in water.
TT = Treatment technique is a required process intended to reduce the level of a contaminant in drinking water.
mg/l = Milligrams per liter or one part per million corresponds to one minute in two years or a single penny in $10,000.
ND = Non-detects are determined by laboratory analysis that the constituent is not present.


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