Confidence Report 2

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What Do The Following Tables Mean?

The tables in this report show the results of our water-quality analyses for January 1 to December 31, 2020.  Every regulated contaminant that we detected in the water, even in the most minute traces, is listed here. The table contains the name of each substance, the highest level allowed by regulation (MCL), the ideal goals for public health, the amount detected, the usual sources of such contamination, footnotes explaining our findings, and a key to units of measurement.  The State allows us to monitor for some contaminants less than once per year because the concentrations of these contaminants do not change frequently.  Some of our data, though representative, are more than one year old. Although we ran many tests, only the listed substances were found.  They are all below the MCL required. We are pleased to report that your drinking water meets or exceeds all Federal and State requirements. 

 

The following abbreviations and definitions are important:

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 a disinfectant that is 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 (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.

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 required process intended to reduce the level of a contaminant in drinking water.

 

Key To Contaminant Lists:
NTU = Nephelometric Turbidity Units (a measure of water clarity) N/A  = Not Applicable
ppb = parts per billion, or micrograms per liter (µg/l) ppm = part per million, or milligrams per liter (mg/l)
MinRDL= minimum level of residual disinfectant required at the entry point to the distribution system WTP = Water Treatment Plant

 

 

2020 Test Results

Contaminant Date Tested Unit MCL MCLG Detected
Level
Range
Major Sources Violation
Inorganic

Barium

(Neville Island WTP)

1/06/2020
ppm 2 2 0.030

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

NO

Barium

(Baden WTP)

2/18/2020
ppm 2 2 0.037

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

NO

Fluoride1

(Neville Island WTP)

1/06/2020 ppm 2 2 0.557
Erosion of natural deposits; Water additive for dental health; Discharge from fertilizer and aluminum factories NO

Fluoride1

(Baden WTP)

2/18/2020 ppm 2 2 0.558
Erosion of natural deposits; Water additive for dental health; Discharge from fertilizer and aluminum factories NO

Nitrate

(Neville Island WTP)

1/31/2020 ppm 10 10 <1.4
Runoff from fertilizer use; Leaching from septic tanks, sewage; Erosion of natural deposits NO

Nitrate

(Baden WTP)

Year 2020 ppm 10 10 0.62 0 – 1.64
Runoff from fertilizer use; Leaching from septic tanks, sewage; Erosion of natural deposits NO
Nitrite 
(Neville Island WTP)
1/13/2020 ppm 1 1 <0.005 >0.005
Runoff from fertilizer use; Leaching from septic tanks, sewage; Erosion of natural deposits NO
Nitrite 
(Baden WTP)
Year 2020
ppm 1 1 <0.005 >0.005
Runoff from fertilizer use; Leaching from septic tanks, sewage; Erosion of natural deposits NO

1 EPA’s MCL for fluoride is 4 ppm.  However, Pennsylvania has set a lower MCL to better protect human health.

 

 

Contaminant Date Tested Unit MCL MCLG Highest
Detect
Lowest
Percentage
Date Major Sources Violation

Turbidity

(Neville Island WTP)

2020 NTU TT2 0 0.070 100% 2/20 Soil Runoff NO

Turbidity

(Baden WTP)

2020 NTU TT2 0 0.452 100% 2/20 Soil Runoff NO

TT = 1 NTU for a single measurement and TT = 95% of monthly samples <0.3 NTU

 

Contaminant Date Tested Unit % Removal Required % Removal Achieved # of Quarters out of Compliance Major Sources Violation
Total Organic Carbon (Neville Island WTP)
2020 % Removed 25 – 35% 52 – 71% 0 Naturally present in the environment NO
Total Organic Carbon (Baden WTP)
2020 % Removed 25 – 35% 67 – 84% 0 Naturally present in the environment NO

 

Inorganics Date Tested Unit AL MCLG 90thPercentile
Value
Sites Above AL Major Sources Violation
Lead Jun – Sep 2019 ppm 15 0 5.6 0 of 61
Corrosion of household plumbing systems; Erosion of natural deposits NO
Copper Jun – Sep 2019 ppm 1.3 1.3 0.09 0 of 61
Corrosion of household plumbing systems; Erosion of natural deposits NO

 

Disinfection
Byproducts
Date Tested Unit MCL MCLG Highest
Running Average
Range Major Sources Violation
TTHMs [Total
Trihalomethanes]
Year 2020 ppb 80 N/A 59.5 1 – 102
By-product of drinking water chlorination NO
HAAs [Total
Haloacetic Acids]
Year 2020 ppb 60 N/A 20.5 0 – 19.4
By-product of drinking water chlorination NO

 

Disinfectants Date Tested Unit MinRDL Lowest
Detect
Range of Monthly Average Major Sources Violation
Chlorine
(Entry Point at Neville Island WTP)
Year 2020 ppm 0.2 1.4 1.4 – 2.2 Water additive used to control microbes NO
Chlorine
(Entry Point at Baden WTP)
Year 2020 ppm 0.2 0.8 0.8 – 2.0 Water additive used to control microbes NO
Chloramines
(Entry Point @ Spray Reservoir)
Jun – Oct 2020 ppm 0.2 1.4 1.4 – 1.8 Water additive used to control microbes NO

 

Disinfectants Date Tested Unit MRDL MRDLG Highest
Monthly
Average
Range of
Monthly
Average
Major Sources Violation
Chlorine
(Distribution  – Neville Island WTP)
Year
2020
ppm 4 4 1.7 1.1 – 1.7 Water additive used to control microbes NO
Chloramines
(Distribution – Baden WTP)
Year 2020 ppm 4 4 1.6 0.9 – 1.6 Water additive used to control microbes NO

 

 

Unregulated Contaminant Monitoring Rule (UMCR):

Unregulated contaminants are those for which the EPA has not established drinking water standards. The purpose of unregulated contaminant monitoring is to assist EPA in determining the occurrence of unregulated contaminants in drinking water and whether future regulation is warranted. In addition to testing we are required to perform, our water system voluntarily tests for hundreds of additional substances and microscopic organisms to make certain our water is safe and of high quality. If you are interested in a more detailed report or have any questions about the West View Water Authority and our water quality, contact Mark Valenty, Environmental Compliance Coordinator, at (412) 931-3292.

 

 

Unregulated Contaminant Date Tested  Unit
Detection Limit  Average   Range  Major Sources
Violation
Bromide
Year 2019
ppm
1
0.72
0 – 2.3
Naturally-occurring element; used in hydraulic fracturing to extract natural gas from shale. NO
Manganese 8/6/2018 ppb 0.4 1.62 1.62 Naturally-occurring element; used in steel production, fertilizer, batteries, and fireworks. NO
HAA6BR Year 2018 ppb N/A 11.0 4.1 – 24.3 By-product of drinking water chlorination. NO
HAA9 Year 2018 ppb N/A 21.8 12.0 – 42.0 By-product of drinking water chlorination. NO

 

Additional Testing:

Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs):  No VOCs were detected during the 2020 reporting year at either WTP.

 

Synthetic Organic Compounds (SOCs):  No SOCs were detected during the 2020 reporting year at either WTP.

 

Radiological Analysis:  Radiological Analysis was conducted during the 2020 reporting year at both WTPs, resulting in non-detects for all parameters.

 

 

Violations:

Our water system violated 7 drinking water standards over the past year. Even though these were not emergencies, as our customers, you have a right to know what happened and what we did to correct these situations.

 

5 inorganic contaminant violations were a result of the laboratory reporting an incorrect entry point location for the samples. Samples were collected and analyzed within the proper timeframe. When the error was discovered, the laboratory issued a correction to the State; however, the correction was issued after the required sample submittal deadline. The sampling results indicate that West View Water Authority is meeting drinking water standards and fully in compliance with DEP requirements.

 

Similarly, nitrate and nitrite samples were collected and analyzed within the proper timeframe; however, the laboratory failed to report them to the State on time.  The laboratory has since issued the reports, and the analytical results all indicate that West View Water Authority is meeting drinking water standards and fully in compliance with DEP requirements.

 

 


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