The commissioners of the South Blount County Utility Infants and young children are typically more vulnerable to District serve 4 year terms. Vacancies on the Board of lead in drinking water than the general population. It is Commissioners are filled by appointment by the Blount possible that lead levels at your home may be higher than at County Mayor from a list of three nominees certified by other homes in the community as a result of materials used in the Board of Commissioners. Decisions by the Board of your homes plumbing. If you are concerned about elevated Commissioners under the District’s customer complaint lead levels in your home’s water you may wish to have your policy may be reviewed by the Utility Management water tested and flush your tap for 30 seconds to 2 minutes Review Board of the Tennessee Department of before using tap water. Additional information is available Environment and Conservation pursuant to Section 7-82- from the Safe Drinking Water Hotline (1-800-426-4791). 702(7) of the Tennessee Code Annotated. South Blount County Utility District is pleased to announce, as of the June 2012 testing period, we are in compliance with all lead and Required Consumer Confidence Report Statement Addressing copper testing guidelines. We continue to look for better ways to Lead In Drinking Water provide safe and healthy drinking water to our customers. If present, elevated levels of lead can cause serious health problems, especially for pregnant women and young children. South Blount County Utility District monitored for Cryptosporidium in the source water during 2011- Lead in drinking water is primarily from materials and Water Quality components associated with service lines and home plumbing. 2012. Cryptosporidium was detected in 1 sample of 24 collected from the raw water. It was not detected Report South Blount Utility is responsible for providing high quality drinking water, but cannot control the variety of materials used in the finished water. Cryptosporidium is a microbial pathogen found in surface water throughout the U.S. Although filtration removes cryptosporidium, the 2013 in plumbing components. When your water has been sitting for most commonly used filtration methods cannot The service of providing quality tap water is several hours, you can minimize the potential for lead exposure guarantee 100% removal. Monitoring of source water often taken for granted when we turn on a indicates the presence of these organisms. Current test by flushing your tap for 30 seconds to 2 minutes before using methods do not enable us to determineif the faucet in our homes, but we can tell you from water for drinking or cooking. Do not boil water, boiling will not organisms are dead or if they are capable of causing experience it is no easy task to provide this reduce lead levels in drinking water. If you are concerned about disease. Symptoms of infection include nausea, quality service. We manage one of the greatest diarrhea, and abdominal cramps. Most healthy lead in your water, testing methods, and steps you can take to individuals can overcome the disease. However, natural resources that is on this earth, that is essential for life. Our earth is covered in 70% minimize exposure please refer to the Safe Drinking Water immuno-compromised people are at greater risk of Hotline or at http://www.epa.gov/safewater/lead. developing life-threatening illness. We encourage water and only 1.6% is fresh water. We have a immuno-compromised individuals to consult their phenomenal team of people at S.B.C.U.D. that doctor regarding appropiate precautions to take to are proud to provide this quality service to avoid infection. Cryptosporidium must be ingested to Blount County. We operate on the principle of cause disease, and it may be spread through means proactively planning today so we will be other than drinking water. prepared tomorrow. As a customer, you are very important to us and a very important part of this business, and we thank you. If you have questions or problems or a specific need related to our service, please contact our office at any time. SOUTH BLOUNT COUNTY UTILITY DISTRICT Water Quality Data What does the chart mean? Water Quality Report For 2012 MCLG– Isthe Maximum Contaminant Level Goal, or the level of a contaminantin drinking waterbelow which there is noknown or expected risk to health.MCLGs allow for a margin of error. MCL– Maximum Contaminant Level, or the highest levelof a contaminantthat is allowedin drinking water. MCLs are set as close to the MCLGs as a feasible using the best available treatment technology. Tounderstandthe possible health effects described for man regulatedconstituents, person would Is my drinking water safe ? For more information about your drinking water, have to drink 2litersof watereveryday at the MCL levelfor a lifetime to have a one in a millionchance of having the described health effect. MRDL- Maximum Residual Disinfectant Level or MRDL: Thehighest levelof disinfectantallowedin drinking water. There is convincing evidence Yes, we have conducted numerous tests for over 80 please contact Henry Durant at 982-3560. that addition of a disinfectantis necessary for the control of microbial contaminants. contaminants that may be in our drinking water. As you will MRDLG– Maximum Residual Disinfectant Level Goal. Thelevelof drinking waterdisinfectantbelow which there is noknown or expected health risk. see on the back chart we only detected a few of these MRLDGsdonot reflect the benefitsof the use of disinfectants to control microbial contaminants. contaminants How can I get involved? A w AL- ction Level, or the concentration of a contaminantwhich, hen exceeded, triggersother requirementswhich a watersystemmust follow Our Board meets on the first Tuesday of each month at 9:00 Parts perBillion– or Micrograms perliter– explained as a relationto time and money as one part perbillioncorrespondsto one minute in 2000 years, or a a.m. at 808 West Lamar Alexander Parkway. Please feel singlepenny in $10,000,000. What is the source of my water? NephelometricTurbidity Unit (NTU)– nephelometric turbidity unit is a measure of the clarity of water. Turbidity in excessof 5 NTU is just noticeable Your water comes from a surface water source, the Tellico free to participate in these meetings. to the average person. 100% of our samples were below the turbidity limit. Lake. Our goal is to protect our water from contaminants TT– TreatmentTechnique or a requiredprocess intendedto reduce the levelof a contaminantin drinking water. and we are continually working with the state to determine Is our water system meeting other rules that CFU’S– Colony forming unitsper100 milliliter. BDL=Below Detection Level. the vulnerability of our water source to potential govern our operations? PPM=PartsPer Million or Milligrams Per Lite r. contaminations. The Tennessee Department of The State and EPA require us to test and report on our water South Blount County is not required to monitor for TOC’s because we use membrane filtration. Environment and Conservation (TDEC) has prepared a on a regular basis to ensure its safety. We have met all these Source Water Assessment Program (SWAP)Report for the requirements. Results of unregulated contaminant analysis untreated water sources serving this water basin. The SWAP Report assesses the susceptibility of untreated water sources are available upon request. Water Quality Data 2012 Measurement Contaminant to potential contamination. To ensure safe drinking water, all Contaminant Sample Date Detections Violation Detected Range of Average public water systems treat and routinely test their water. The Typical MCLG Source Unit of MCL Level Do I need to make special precautions? 2012 South Blount County UtilityDistrictsource was rated as of reasonably susceptible to potential contamination. Some people may be more vulnerable to contamination in An explanation of Tennessee’s Source Water Assessment drinking water than the general population. Program, the Source Water Assessment summaries, Immunocompromised persons such as persons with cancer susceptibility scorings and the overall TDEC report to EPA undergoing chemotherapy, persons that have undergone Presence cfu's = can be viewed online at organ transplants, people with HIV/AIDS or other immune of Coliform Naturally disorders, some elderly, and infants can be particularly at risk Total Coliform colony bacteria in present www.tn.gov/environment/dws/dwassess.shtml No 0 0 0 2012 for infections. These people should seek advice about not Bacteria forming 5% of in the environment monthly only their drinking water, but food preparation, personal units samples Why are there contaminants in my water? hygiene, and precautions in handling infants and pets from Drinking water, including bottled water, may there care providers. EPA/CDC guidelines on appropriate Treatment Turbidity No 0.032 * NTU N/A 2012 Soil Runoff reasonably be expected to contain at least small means to lessen the risk of infection by Cryptosporidium Technique amounts of some contaminants. Community and other microbiological contaminants are available from Corrosion the Safe DrinkingWater Hotline (800-426-4791). 0 of 30 water systems are required to disclose the Action of Copper 90th% = Exceedin parts per detection of contaminants; however, bottled No 1.3 Level = 6/1/2012 household Water System Security 0.077 g action million plumbing 1.3 water companies are not required to comply with Followingthe events of September 2001, we realize that our level systems this regulation. The presence of contaminants customers are concerned about the security of our drinking Corrosion 0 of 30 does not necessarily indicate that water poses a water. We urge the public to report any suspicious activities 90th% = Action of at any utility facilities, including treatment plants, pumping Lead No Exceedin parts per household health risk. Information about contaminants and 3.4 0 Level = 6/1/2012 stations, and fire hydrants to 865-982-3560. g action billion plumbing potential health effects can be obtained by calling 15 level systems EPA’s Safe Drinking Water Hotline (800-426-4791) Erosion of parts per Sodium No 1.56 N/A N/A N/A 3/26/2012 Natural million Deposits By- Total 44 24 parts per 4 Quarters products Trihalomethanes No Avg. to 0 80 billion of 2012 of (TTHMs) 67 chlorinatio By- 17 Total Haloacetic 30 parts per 4 Quarters n products No to 0 60 Acids (HAA5) Avg. billion of 2012 of 44 chlorinatio Water .57 1.44 parts per 4 4 n Additive to Chlorine No to 2012 Avg. million MRDLG MRDL control 2.38 microbes 0.08 Added for 0.25 parts per Phosphate No to TT TT 2012 Corrosion Avg. million Control 0.39 0.3 Erosion of 0.61 parts per 4 Quarters Natural Fluoride No to 4 4 Deposits, Avg. million of 2012 promotes 1.01 strong teeth Runoff from parts per fertilizer,erosion Nitrate (as Nitrogen) No BDL N/A 10 10 7/6/2012 from natural million deposits *We met the treatment technique for 2012.
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