Text Box: Town of Barre- Water Department

 Text Box: 2012-2013
Consumer Confidence Report

 

MA DEP PWS 2021000

 
Department of Public Works

441 Wheelwright Road Barre, MA 01005               Phone: 978-355-5013     Fax: 978-355-3425

 DPW Superintendent – Jason Pimental                   Chief Water Operator – Michael Stelmach  

 DPW Admin Assistant – Shannon O’Connor    Assistant Chief Water Operator – Shawn Fitzgibbons

 

  

What is a Consumer Confidence Report?

 The purpose of this report is to keep you, the consumer, informed about the quality of your drinking water. Included are details about where your water comes from, what it contains and also how your drinking water compares to state and federal standards. 
 

“We are committed to providing you with this information because we believe that informed customers are our best allies.”

  

Water System News

 Our water system is routinely inspected by the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (MassDEP). MassDEP inspects our system for its technical, financial, and managerial capacity, to provide safe drinking water to you. To ensure that we provide the highest quality of water available, your water system is operated by Michael Stelmach, a Massachusetts certified operator with many years of experience in the industry.  Alongside Michael, is Assistant Chief Water Operator, Shawn Fitzgibbons.  The team oversees routine operations of our system. As part of our ongoing commitment to you, we made the following improvements and/or changes to our system in the past few years:

 

 The Department of Environmental Protection (MassDEP) has prepared a Source Water Assessment Program (SWAP) Report for the water supply source(s) serving this water system. The SWAP Report assesses the susceptibility of public water supplies.   A susceptibility ranking of high was assigned to this system.  The report recommends that we inspect Zone I regularly and when feasible, remove any non-water supply activities.  It also recommends that we educate residents on ways they can help to protect our drinking water sources, work with emergency response teams to ensure that they are aware of storm water drainage, monitor progress on any ongoing remedial action conducted for known oil and/or contamination sites.

The complete SWAP report for the Town of Barre is available at the DPWOffice and online at: http://www.mass.gov/eea/docs/dep/water/drinking/swap/cero/2021000.

 

How can you help?

 

Residents can help protect sources by practicing good septic system maintenance, supporting water supply protection initiatives at the next town meeting, taking hazardous household chemicals to hazardous materials collection days, contacting the Water Department or Board of Health to volunteer for monitoring or education outreach to schools, limiting pesticide and fertilizer use etc. 

 

Educational Information

 

 

Date(s) Collected

90TH percentile

Action Level

 

MCLG

# of sites sampled

# of sites above Action Level

Possible Source of Contamination

Lead (ppb)

09/11/2012

4

15

0

20

0

Corrosion of household plumbing systems; Erosion of natural deposits

Copper (ppm)

09/11/2012

0.6

1.3

1.3

20

0

Corrosion of household plumbing systems; Erosion of natural deposits; Leaching from wood preservatives

 

 

 

2012

Highest # Positive / month

MCL

 

MCLG

Violation  Y/N

Source of Contamination

Total Coliform

8

1

0

Y

Naturally present in the environment

Fecal/E. Coli

0

0

0

N

Human and animal fecal waste

2013

Highest # Positive / month

MCL

 

MCLG

Violation  Y/N

Source of Contamination

Total Coliform

2

1

0

Y

Naturally present in the environment

Fecal/E.Coli

1

0

0

Y

Human and animal fecal waste

 

 

 

Regulated Contaminant

Date(s) Collected

Highest Result or Highest Running Average Detected

Range Detected

MCL

or

MRDL

MCLG or MRDLG

Violation (Y/N)

Possible Source(s) of Contamination

Inorganic Contaminants

Radium 226 & 228 (pCi/L) (combined values)

4/10/12

1.3

0.4-0.9

5

0

N

Erosion of natural deposits

Gross Alpha (pCi/L)

4/10/12

2.1

--

15

--

N

Erosion of natural deposits

Barium (ppm)

4/10/12

.014

ND-.014

2

--

N

Erosion of natural deposits

Disinfection Contaminants

Haloacetic Acids

(HAA5s) (ppb)

8/20/12

10.2

--

60

--

N

Byproduct of drinking water chlorination

 Total Trihalomethanes

(TTHMs) (ppb)

8/20/12

9

--

80

--

N

Byproduct of drinking water chlorination

Chlorine(ppm)-2012

Monthly

0.05

.04-.07

4

--

N

Byproduct of drinking water chlorination

Chlorine(ppm)-2013

Monthly

0.05

.04-.08

4

--

N

Byproduct of drinking water chlorination

 Unregulated contaminants are those for which there are no established drinking water standards. The purpose of unregulated contaminant monitoring is to assist regulatory agencies in determining their occurrence in drinking water and whether future regulation is warranted.

 

Unregulated and

Secondary Contaminants

Date(s) Collected

Result or Range Detected

Average Detected

SMCL

ORSG

Possible Source

Inorganic Contaminants

Sodium (ppm)

04/10/2012

 

9 – 27

 

21

--

20

Natural sources; runoff from use as salt on roadways; by-product of treatment process

Secondary Contaminants

Iron (ppm)- 2012

04/11/2012

 

ND – 0.461

 

0.203

300

--

Naturally occurring, corrosion of cast iron pipes

Iron (ppm)- 2013

05/13/2013

ND-0.532

0.205

300

--

Naturally occurring, corrosion of cast iron pipes

Manganese (ppm)-2012

04/11/2012

ND – 0.065

 

0.033

50*

300

Erosion of natural deposits

Manganese (ppm)-2013

05/13/2013

ND-0.088

0.043

50*

300

Erosion of natural deposits

* The EPA has established a lifetime health advisory (HA) value of 0.3 mg/L for manganese to protect against concerns of potential neurological effects, and a one-day and 10-day HA of 1 mg/L for acute exposure.

 

MassDEP Compliance Report:

 The Barre Water Department strives to remain compliant with MassDEP regulations, which include: monitoring and reporting compliance data, record keeping, filtration, disinfection, cross connection control and lead/copper control.  However, sometimes situations occur that prevent us from doing so and result in violations.  The following violations were received in 2012 /2013:

2012:

Quarter 1 Chlorine Residual Monitoring and Recording Violation:

 The Water Department received a violation for Quarter 1 Chlorine Residual Monitoring and Recording.   Upon receiving the violation, the missing information, which included data from February 2012-March 2012, was provided to the MassDEP.

 Total Coliform maximum contaminant level:

 On August 20, 2012 we took twenty seven (27) routine bacteria samples to test for the presence of coliform bacteria. On August 22nd, more than one sample came back positive for the presence of total coliform bacteria.  As required by MassDEP and to ensure your safety, The Barre Water Department started emergency disinfection and then resampled.  All of those samples came back negative for traces of coliform. We believe the positive result occurred due to a water main break on August 14, 2012, that caused a loss of approximately 250,000 gallons of water and disrupted flow and pressure within the distribution system.  The MassDEP standard is that no more than one (1) sample per month test positive. 

  2013:

 Total Coliform maximum contaminant level:

 June -   On June 3, 2013, a full round of bacteria samples were collected. More than one (1) sample came back positive for coliform bacteria.  MassDEP was notified and per their request, repeat samples were taken on June 5th, along with upstream and downstream samples.  All of the above samples came back negative for the presence of coliform bacteria.

 July- On July 1, 2013, we collected a full round of bacteria samples to test for the presence of coliform bacteria. On July 2, 2013 we were notified that more than one (1) sample came back positive for coliform bacteria.  MassDEP was notified and per their request, we disinfected the system that feeds Root Road storage tank and flushed chlorinated water throughout the area.  Resamples were taken, also under the direction of MassDEP and all of the above samples came back negative for the presence of coliform bacteria.  We believe this occurred due to Well #2 being offline for repairs, putting more demand and increasing flows on the rest of the system. 

 August- On August 8, 2013 the department was notified that a fecal indicator, e-coli bacteria was detected in one raw water sample collected on August 6th from Well #1.  Fecal indicators are used to detect ground water sources that may be susceptible to fecal contamination, which may contain harmful viruses or bacteria.  In accordance with the new federal Ground Water Rule (GWR), the water department is required to notify the public about the situation and conduct additional sampling to evaluate the potential fecal contamination and will take further actions if necessary.  The water delivered to the taps through the distribution system is routinely treated with chlorine disinfectant, which provides a level of protection from bacterial contamination, including fecal contaminants.  It is important to note that the samples collected on August 6th in the distribution system, after treatment, did not detect any fecal contaminants.   Even though none of the chlorinated samples tested positive, the chlorine disinfection system had not been certified by MassDEP as 4-log compliant as required by the new GWR regulation.  Per MassDEP, Well #1 was to remain offline until further evaluation and the system was then supplied by the other two wells.  Due to the above, the water department began the process of obtaining a 4-log removal permit.  The permit was approved by MassDEP on November 20, 2013.  In December 2013, Well #1 was cleared to go back online.

Quarter 4 Monitoring and Recording Violation:  Synthetic Organic Compound (SOC)

We violated monitoring and reporting requirements of the drinking water regulations.  Even though this was not an emergency, as our customers, you have a right to know what happened and what we are doing to correct the situation.

We are required to monitor your drinking water for specific man-made and naturally occurring contaminants on a regular basis.  Results of regular monitoring are an indicator of whether or not our drinking water meets health standards.  During the monitoring period of October 1, 2013- December 31, 2013, we did not complete monitoring for Synthetic Organic Compounds and therefore could not be sure of the quality of your drinking water at that time.

 

In response to monitoring and reporting violations of the Massachusetts Drinking Water Regulations, our system took the following action:

  1. We are notifying our customers of the violation by providing you with this public notice as well as submitting a copy to the MassDEP and the Barre Board of Health.

  2.  We collected and analyzed samples for the above contaminants and submitted copies of those sample results to the MassDEP. These contaminants were collected after the required monitoring period on March 10, 2014.

  3. We will continue to collect samples for all contaminants according to our most recent sampling schedule.

     

    Please share this information with all people who drink this water, especially those who may not have received this notice directly (For example: people in apartments, nursing homes, schools and businesses.)  You can do this by posting this notice in a public place or distributing copies by hand or mail.  For more information regarding this notice, please contact Chief Water Operator, Michael Stelmach at 978-355-5013.

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