2013 Consumer Confidence Report


416   West Main Street

Fort Kent, Maine 04743

Phone:  834-3003   Fax:  834-3126
E-Mail- watersewer@fortkent.org

Website: http://www.fortkent.org/



 Consumer Confidence Report

For the Fort Kent Water Department System

Annual Drinking Water Quality Report

(Created 5/19/14)


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 derived via two wells located east of the Fort Kent business district.   Well #1 was drilled in 1960 and has a depth of sixty-two feet.  Well #2 was drilled in 1979 and is sixty-five feet deep.  Both are made of metal casing and gravel constitutes most of the surrounding soil.


These two wells serve a population of more than eighteen hundred people and have pumped an average of 217,690 gallons per day in 2013.  Chemicals that were used consisted of Sodium Hypochlorite for disinfection, Sodium Fluoride that promotes strong teeth, and aeration for a higher pH and Radon removal.





The Maine Drinking Water Program, in cooperation with local public water suppliers (PWS), has conducted a statewide assessment of the risks to public water supply wells and intakes from human activities. All wells were rated on the current and future risk for contamination by both acute contaminants, like bacteria, and chronic contaminants, like petroleum hydrocarbons. The Fort Kent Water Department assessment is as follows, Existing Risk of Contamination Based on Well Type and Site Geology: Moderate Risk. Existing Risk of Acute Contamination: Low Risk. . Existing Risk of Chronic Contamination: Moderate Risk. Future Risk of Chronic Contamination: Moderate Risk.  For more information on the Source Water Assessment Program, please call the Water Department or the Drinking Water Program at 287-2070.  A Wellhead Protection Plan was established in June 1995.  A copy of this plan is available upon request.



This report shows our water quality and what it means


If you have any questions about this report or concerning your water utility, please contactMark Soucy, Fort Kent Water Department Head, Tel: 834-3003 or 3463. 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 held on the Second and Fourth Monday of every month.


The Fort Kent Water Departmentroutinely monitors for constituents in your drinking water according to Federal and State laws. This table shows the results of our monitoring for the period of January 1 2013 to December 31,2013.  As water travels over the land or underground, it can pick up substances or contaminants such as microbes, inorganic and organic chemicals, and radioactive substances.  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.



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.

Running Annual Average ( RAA ) - The average of all monthly or quarterly samples for the last year at all sample locations.

Parts per billion (ppb) or Micrograms per liter - one part per billion corresponds to one minute in 2,000 years, or a single penny in $10,000,000.

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

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

Treatment Technique (TT) - A treatment technique is a required process intended to reduce the level of a contaminant in drinking water.

Maximum Contaminant Level (MCL) - The MCL is the highest level of a contaminant that is allowed in drinking water.

Maximum Contaminant Level Goal (MCLG)- The MCLG is the level of a contaminant in drinking water below, which there is no known or expected risk to health.


The following contaminants were tested for:


Microbiological Contaminants   

 1. Total Coliform Bacteria      

 2. Fecal coliform and E.coli    43. Heptachlor

 3. Turbidity                            44. Heptachlor epoxide

Radioactive Contaminants     45. Hexachlorobenzene

 4. Beta/photon emitters           46. Hexachlorocyclo-pentadiene

 5. Alpha emitters                    47. Lindane

 6. Combined radium                               48. Methoxychlor

     Uranium                             49. Oxamyl [Vydate]

     Radon                                 50. PCBs [Polychlorinated phenyls]

Inorganic Contaminants          

 7. Antimony                        51. Pentachlorophenol

 8. Arsenic                                               52. Picloram

 9. Asbestos                             53. Simazine           

10. Barium                                                               54. Toxaphene

11. Beryllium                           Volatile Organic Contaminant

12. Cadmium                           55. Benzene

13. Chromium                         56. Carbon tetrachloride

14. Copper                                               57. Chlorobenzene

15. Cyanide                             58. o-Dichlorobenzen             

16. Fluoride                             59. p-Dichlorobenzen             

17. Lead                                  60. 1,2 - Dichloroethane

18. Mercury (inorganic)           61. 1,1 - Dichloroethyle

19. Nitrate (as Nitrogen)          62. cis-1,2-Dichloroethylene

20. Nitrite (as Nitrogen)           63.  trans - 1,2 Dichloroethylene

21. Selenium                                           

22. Thallium                            64. Dichloromethane

Synthetic Organic Contaminants including Pesticides and


23. 2,4-D                                 65. 1,2-Dichloropropane

24. 2,4,5-TP (Silvex)                               66. Ethylbenzene

25. Acrylamide                        66a. Methyl-Tertiary-Butyl-Ether (MTBE) (Maine MCL)

26. Alachlor                             67. Styrene

27. Atrazine                             68. Tetrachloroethylene

28. Benzo(a)pyrene (PAH)      69. 1,2,4 -Trichlorobenzene

29. Carbofuran                        70. 1,1,1 - Trichloroethane

30. Chlordane                          71. 1,1,2 -Trichloroethane

31. Dalapon                             72. Trichloroethylene             

32. Di(2-ethylhexyl) adipate    73. TTHM [Total trihalomethanes]

33. Di(2-ethylhexyl) phthalate 74. Toluene            

34. Dibromochloropropane     75. Vinyl Chloride

35. Dinoseb                             76. Xylenes

36. Diquat

37. Dioxin [2,3,7,8-TCDD]

38. Endothall

39. Endrin

40. Epichlorohydrin

41. Ethylene dibromide

42. Glyphosate








The following contaminants were tested for:



















2   ppm

2   ppm

Discharge of drilling   wastes; discharge from metal refineries; erosion of natural deposits.

 Copper  90th % (8)


01/01/11 12/31/13



90th% Value



AL= 1.3 ppm

1.3 ppm

Corrosion of household plumbing systems.

 Fluoride (3)




Highest level found.



4 ppm

4 ppm

Erosion of natural deposits; water additive   which promotes strong teeth; discharge from fertilizer and aluminum factories

 Lead  90th %  (8)


01/01/11 12/31/13


90th% Value



AL = 15 ppb

0 ppb

Corrosion of household plumbing systems.

 Nitrate (as     Nitrogen)






10 ppm

10 ppm

Runoff from fertilizer use; leaching from   septic tanks, sewage; erosion of natural deposits









5 pCi/l


   0   pCi/l


Erosion of natural deposits.


Total Coliform






1 pos/mo or 5%

0 pos

Naturally present in the environment.


Chlorine Residual


RAA                  (2013)

RAA     ( 0.26)


(0.09 – 0.48)







By-product of drinking water chlorination.

 Disinfection ByProducts

Trihalomethans (TTHM) (9)










80 ppb



0 ppb

By-product of drinking water chlorination.









































1)       Total Coliform Bacteria: Reported as the highest monthly number of positive samples, for water systems that take < 40 samples per month.

2)       Arsenic:  The U.S. EPA adopted the new MCL standard of 10 ppb in October 2001.

3)       Fluoride: Fluoride levels must be maintained between 1-2 ppm, for those water systems that fluoridate the water.

4)       Nitrate: Nitrate in drinking water at levels above 10 ppm is a health risk for infants of less than six months of age. 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 for advice from your health care provider.

5)       Radon: The State of Maine currently recommends treatment for Radon levels in drinking water above 4,000 pCi/L. The U.S. EPA is considering setting lower standards for Radon in drinking water.

6)       Gross Alpha:  Action Level over 5 pCi/L requires testing for Radium. Action level over 15pCi/L requires testing for Radon and Uranium.

7)       Uranium:   The U.S. EPA adopted the new standard of 30 ppb, in December 2000. Water systems must meet this new standard by December 2003.

8)       Lead /Copper:  Action levels are measured at consumer’s tap. 90% of the tests must be equal to or below the action level.

9)       TTHM/HAA5: Total Trihalomethanes (TTHM) and Haloacetic Acids (HAA5) are formed as a by-product of drinking water chlorination. This chemical reaction occurs when chlorine combines with naturally occurring organic matter in water.


           All other regulated drinking water contaminants were below detection levels.



          All sources of drinking water are subject to potential contamination by substances that are naturally occurring or man-made. These substances can be microbes, inorganic or organic chemicals and radioactive substances. 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.


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 one-in-a-million chance of having the described health effect.


Lead:  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. FortKent Water 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.


Some people may be more vulnerable to contaminates 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 microbiological contaminates are available from the Safe Drinking Water Hotline (1-800-426-4791).






The Water Department pumped 79,457,050 gallons of water in 2013. In 2012 we pumped 69,337,500 gallons. This is an increase of 10,119,550 gallons. Since 1976 the maximum pumped was 258,500,000 gallons, this was in 1976, and the minimum pumped was in 2008.Our total from 1976 to 2013 is about 4.619 Billion gallons. This would fill a pool one mile long by one mile wide by 21 feet deep.




The Town of Fort Kent along with the Water Department applied for, and received, a Community Development Public Infrastructure( CDBG) Grant  for a water new water line for Pine Street, in the amount of  A $200,000 Grant. Rosewoods Estates applied for, and received a $100,000 grant from the Maine Drinking Water Program. The water line is approximately 800 feet of 8 inch main line, several new services and one hydrant.  This new line should add a few new customers for the Water Department. Construction should start in August and be complete by the beginning of September 2013.





We currently have four full time employees. Greg Bernier, who has been with the Department for 18 years, holds a Class IV Water Treatment license and a Class IV Water Distribution license.   Ricky Berube, who has been with the Department 14 years, holds a Class II Water Treatment license and a Class II Water Distribution license.  Bruce Fournier, who has been with the Department 2 years.  Mark Soucy, who has been with the Department 16 years, holds a Class IV Water Treatment license and a Class IV Water Distribution license.