2014 Consumer Confidence Report

FORT KENT WATER DEPARTMENT

416 West Main Street

Fort Kent, Maine 04743

Phone:  834-3003   Fax:  834-3126

E-Mail- watersewer@fortkent.org

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

 

2014

Consumer Confidence Report

For the Fort Kent Water Department System

Annual Drinking Water Quality Report

(Created 6/1/15)

 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.

 SOURCE WATER INFORMATION

 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 242,790 gallons per day in 2014.  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.

 WATER QUALITY

 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, 2014 to December 31,2014.  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.

Definitions:

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 Herbicides                                                                                                 

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:

     

WATER TEST RESULTS

Contaminant
Date
Results

Unit

Measurement

MCL

MCLG

Source

INORGANICS

 Barium

 

4/16/14

 

.0045

 

ppm

2 ppm

2 ppm

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

 Copper  90th % (8)

 

01/01/14 12/31/16

0.40

 

90th% Value

 

ppm

AL= 1.3 ppm

1.3 ppm

Corrosion of household plumbing systems.

 Fluoride (3)

 

11/12/14

         0.70

Highest level found.

 

ppm

4 ppm

4 ppm

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

 Lead  90th %  (8)

 

01/01/14 12/31/16

2.6

90th% Value

 

ppb

AL = 15 ppb

0 ppb

Corrosion of household plumbing systems.

 Nitrate (as   Nitrogen)

 
4/16/14

 

1.10

 

ppm

10 ppm

10 ppm

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

Radionuclides

Radium-228

 
11/14/12

 

0.03

 

PCi/l

 

5 pCi/l

 

   0 pCi/l

 

Erosion of natural deposits.

 Microbiological

Total Coliform

 

                      2014

 

0

pos

1 pos/mo or 5%

0 pos

Naturally present in the environment.

Disinfection

Chlorine Residual

 

   
RAA                  (2013)

RAA   ( 0.25)

Range

(0.08 – 0.45)

 

ppm

MRDL

4ppm

MRDLG

4ppm

By-product of drinking water chlorination.

 Disinfection Byproducts

Trihalomethans (TTHM) (9)

                      RAA

(2010)

 

7.5

 

 

ppb

 

 

80 ppb

 

 

0 ppb

By-product of drinking water chlorination.

               

 

NOTES:

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.

 WHAT DOES THIS MEAN?

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. Fort Kent 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).

  

YOUR WATER SYSTEM

2014 PUMPING

 

The Water Department pumped 88,675,757 gallons of water in 2014. In 2013 we pumped 79,457,050 gallons. This is an increase of 9,218,707 gallons. Since 1976 the maximum pumped was 258,500,000 gallons, this was in 1976, and the minimum pumped was 69,674,540 in 2011.

Our total from 1976 to 2014 is about 4.787 Billion gallons. This is approximately one sixteenth the volume of Eagle Lake.

 2014 WATER PROJECTS

 The Fort Kent Water Department will be doing three water service replacements on Market Street in advance of the Maine State DOT repaving project on this street. The contractor selected was JBBC Inc. We expect this project to start in early June and finish by the end of June 2014.        

The Pine Street water line is completed and is working well for all new customers.

EMPLOYEE CORNER             

We currently have four full time employees. Greg Bernier, has been with the Department for 19 years, holds a Class IV Water Treatment license and a Class IV Water Distribution license. 

Ricky Berube, has been with the Department 15 years, holds a Class II Water Treatment license and a Class II Water Distribution license. 

Bruce Fournier, has been with the Department 3 years. 

 Mark Soucy, has been with the Department 17 years, and holds a Class IV Water Treatment license and a Class IV Water Distribution license.