Water Quality Reports

Annual Drinking Water Quality Report

Grand Forks – Traill Water District

2015

We're pleased to present to you this year's Annual Drinking Water Quality Report. This report is designed to inform you about the safe clean water we deliver to you every day. Our constant goal is to provide you with a safe and dependable supply of drinking water. We want you to understand the efforts we make to continually improve the water treatment process and protect our water resources. We are committed to ensuring the quality of your water. Grand Forks — Traill Water District utilizes the Elk Valley Aquifer, drawn from 15 drilled wells. Grand Forks — Traill Water District's wells are located near the City of Larimore.

Grand Forks-Traill Water District is participating in the North Dakota Wellhead Protection Program. Relevant information on the Wellhead Protection plan is available during normal business hours at our Thompson office. The North Dakota Department of Health has prepared a Source Water Assessment for Grand Forks-Traill Water District. Information on these programs is available to the public during normal business hours at the above listed water system. Our public water system, in cooperation with the North Dakota Department of Health, has completed the delineation and contaminant/land use inventory elements of the North Dakota Source Water Protection Program. Based on the information from these elements, the North Dakota Department of Health has determined that our source water is "moderately susceptible" to potential contaminants. No significant sources of contamination have been identified.

Grand Forks - Traill Water District is pleased to report that our drinking water is safe and meets federal and state requirements.

This report shows our water quality and what it means.

If you have any questions about this report or concerning your water utility, please contact Neil Breidenbach, manager of Grand Forks —Traill Water District, at (701) 599-2963. 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. They are held on the second Tuesday of each month at 7:00 PM in the water office at Thompson. If you are aware of non-English speaking individuals who need help with the appropriate language translation, please call Neil at the number listed above.

Grand Forks - Traill Water District would appreciate it if large volume water customers would please post copies of the Annual Drinking Water Quality Report in conspicuous locations or distribute them to tenants, residents, patients, students, and/or employees, so individuals who consume the water, but do not receive a water bill can learn about our water system.

Grand Forks - Traill Water District routinely monitors for contaminants in your drinking water according to Federal and State laws. This table shows the results of our monitoring for the period of January 1 st to December 3 1 st, 2015. As authorized and approved by EPA, the state has reduced monitoring requirements for certain contaminants to less often than once per year because the concentrations of these contaminants are not expected to vary significantly from year to year. Some of our data [e.g., for radioactive contaminants], though representative, is more than one year old.

The sources of drinking water (both tap and bottled water) include rivers, lakes, streams, ponds, reservoirs, springs and wells. As water travels over the surface of the land, or through the ground, it dissolves naturally-occurring minerals and, in some cases, radioactive material, and can pick up substances resulting from the presence of animals or from human activity.

Contaminants that may be present in source water include:

Microbial contaminants, such as viruses and bacteria, which may come from sewage treatment plants, septic systems, agricultural livestock operations and wildlife.

Inorganic contaminants, such as salts and metals, which can be naturally-occurring or result from urban stormwater, industrial or domestic wastewater discharges, oil production, mining or farming.

Pesticides and herbicides, which come from a variety of sources such as agriculture, urban stormwater runoff and residential uses.

Organic chemical contaminants, including synthetic and volatile organic chemicals, which are by-products of industrial processes and petroleum production, and can also come from gas stations, urban stormwater runoff and septic systems.

Radioactive contaminants, which can be naturally-occurring or be the result of oil and gas production and mining activities.

In order to ensure that tap water is safe to drink, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) prescribes regulations which limit the amount of certain contaminants in water provided by public water systems. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) regulations establish limits for contaminants in bottled water that must provide the same protection for public health.

In the table on page 3, you will find many terms and abbreviations you might not be familiar with. To help you better understand these terms we've provided the following definitions:

Not Applicable- (N/A)

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.

Parts per billion (ppb) or Micrograms per liter (gg/l)- 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 - The "Maximum Allowed" (MCL) is 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 - The "Goal" (MCLG) is 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 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.

TEST RESULTS FOR GRAND-FORKS TRAILL WATER DISTRICT

Contaminant

MCLG

MCL

Level

Detected

Unit

Measur ement

 

Date

(year)

Violation

Yes/No

Other Info

Likely Source of Contamination

Inorganic Contaminants

l. Copper

1.3

AL=1 3

0.413

90th 0/0 Value

ppm

N/A

2014

 

Corrosion of household plumbing systems; erosion of natural deposits; leaching from wood reservatives

2. Lead

o

AL=15

No

Detect

90th 0/0 Value

ppb

N/A

2014

 

Corrosion of household plumbing systems, erosion of natural deposits

3. Nitrate-Nitrite

10

10

0.04

ppm

N/A

2015

No

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

Disinfectants

4. Chlorine

MRI) L=4

MRDL-

4.0

0.5

ppm

0.39 to

0.57

2015

No

Water additive used to control microbes

Disinfection Byproducts

5. Total Haloacetic

Acids HAAS

System

-Wide

60

No

Detect

ppb

N/A

2015

No

By-product of drinking water disinfection.

6.T0tal

Trihalomethanes

TTHM

System

-Wide

80

3

ppb

N/A

2015

No

By-product of drinking water chlorination.

* No sites exceeded the lead or copper action levels in 2014.

EPA requires monitoring of over 80 drinking water contaminants. Those contaminants listed in the table above, are the only contaminants detected in your drinking water.

As you can see by the table on page 3, our system had no violations. We're proud that your drinking water meets or exceeds all Federal and State requirements. We have learned through our monitoring and testing that some contaminants have been detected. The EPA has determined that your water IS SAFE at these levels.

Unregulated contaminants are those for which the EPA has not established drinking water standards. The purpose of unregulated contaminant monitoring is to assist the EPA in determining the occurrence of unregulated contaminants in drinking water and whether future regulation is warranted.

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 (1-800-426-4791).

MCL's are set at very stringent levels. To understand the possible health effects described for many regulated contaminants, 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.

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

If present, elevated levels of lead can cause serious health problems, especially for pregnant woman and young children. Lead in drinking water is primarily from materials and components associated with service lines and home plumbing. Grand Forks - Traill Water District is responsible for providing high quality drinking water, but cannot control the variety of materials used in plumbing components. Use water from the cold tap for drinking and cooking. 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 drinking 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.

Please call Neil Breidenbach, manager of Grand Forks — Traill Water District at (701) 599-2963 if you have questions concerning your drinking water.

Grand Forks — Traill Water District Board Members

Kory Sondreal — President Andy Krogstad — Vice President Jon Gregoire - Sec. Tres. Gary Vaagene, Travis Hegg, Jim Schmaltz, Jeff Bjorge, Jeremy Cunningham

James West

Grand Forks — Traill Water District Employees Neil Breidenbach, Manager

Randy Thompson, Mike Thompson, Joe Mutcher, Chad Gratton, Shari Hagen






            
                                                    Annual Drinking Water Quality Report

                                                    Grand Forks – Traill Water District

                                                                            2014

 

We're pleased to present to you this year's Annual Drinking Water Quality Report. This report is designed to inform you about the safe clean water we deliver to you every day. Our constant goal is to provide you with a safe and dependable supply of drinking water. We want you to under-stand the efforts we make to continually improve the water treatment process and protect our water resources. We are committed to ensuring the quality of your water. Grand Forks – Traill Water District utilizes the Elk Valley Aquifer, drawn from 15 drilled wells. Grand Forks – Traill Water District’s wells are located near the City of Larimore.

 

Grand Forks-Traill Water District is participating in the North Dakota Wellhead Protection Program. Relevant information on the Wellhead Protection plan is available during normal business hours at our Thompson office. The North Dakota Department of Health has prepared a Source Water Assessment for Grand Forks-Traill Water District. Information on these programs is available to the public during normal business hours at the above listed water system. Our public water system, in cooperation with the North Dakota Department of Health, has completed the delineation and contaminant/land use inventory elements of the North Dakota Source Water Protection Program. Based on the information from these elements, the North Dakota Department of Health has determined that our source water is "moderately susceptible" to potential contaminants. No significant sources of contamination have been identified.

 

Grand Forks - Traill Water District is pleased to report that our drinking water is safe and meets federal and state requirements.

  

This report shows our water quality and what it means.  

                 

If you have any questions about this report or concerning your water utility, please contact Neil Breidenbach, manager of Grand Forks –Traill Water District, at (701) 599-2963.  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. They are held on the second Tuesday of each month at 7:00 PM in the water office at Thompson. If you are aware of non-English speaking individuals who need help with the appropriate language translation, please call Neil at the number listed above.

 

Grand Forks - Traill Water District would appreciate it if large volume water customers would please post copies of the Annual Drinking Water Quality Report in conspicuous locations or distribute them to tenants, residents, patients, students, and/or employees, so individuals who consume the water, but do not receive a water bill can learn about our water system.

 

Grand Forks - Traill Water District routinely monitors for contaminants in your drinking water according to Federal and State laws. This table shows the results of our monitoring for the period of January 1st to December 31st, 2014. As authorized and approved by EPA, the state has reduced monitoring requirements for certain contaminants to less often than once per year because the concentrations of these contaminants are not expected to vary significantly from year to year.  Some of our data [e.g., for radioactive contaminants], though representative, is more than one year old.

 

The sources of drinking water (both tap and bottled water) include rivers, lakes, streams, ponds, reservoirs, springs and wells. As water travels over the surface of the land, or through the ground, it dissolves naturally-occurring minerals and, in some cases, radioactive material, and can pick up substances resulting from the presence of animals or from human activity.

Contaminants that may be present in source water include:

 

Microbial contaminants, such as viruses and bacteria, which may come from sewage treatment plants, septic systems, agricultural livestock operations and wildlife.

 

Inorganic contaminants, such as salts and metals, which can be naturally-occurring or result from urban stormwater, industrial or domestic wastewater discharges, oil production, mining or farming.

 

Pesticides and herbicides, which come from a variety of sources such as agriculture, urban stormwater runoff and residential uses.

 

Organic chemical contaminants, including synthetic and volatile organic chemicals, which are by-products of industrial processes and petroleum production, and can also come from gas stations, urban stormwater runoff and septic systems.

 

Radioactive contaminants, which can be naturally-occurring or be the result of oil and gas production and mining activities.

 

In order to ensure that tap water is safe to drink, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) prescribes regulations which limit the amount of certain contaminants in water provided by public water systems. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) regulations establish limits for contaminants in bottled water that must provide the same protection for public health.

 

In the table on page 3, you will find many terms and abbreviations you might not be familiar with. To help you better understand these terms we've provided the following definitions:

 

Not Applicable- (N/A)

 

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.

 

Parts per billion (ppb) or Micrograms per liter (mg/l)- 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 - The “Maximum Allowed” (MCL) is 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 - The “Goal” (MCLG) is 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 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.

 

 TEST RESULTS FOR GRAND-FORKS TRAILL WATER DISTRICT

Contaminant

MCLG

MCL

Level

Detected

Unit

Measurement

Range

Date

(year)

Violation

Yes/No

Other Info

Likely Source of Contamination

Inorganic Contaminants

1. Copper

1.3

AL=1.3

0.413

 

90th %

Value

ppm

N/A

2014

No*

Corrosion of household plumbing systems; erosion of natural deposits; leaching from wood preservatives

2. Lead

0

AL=15

0

90th %

Value

ppb

N/A

2014

No*

Corrosion of household plumbing systems, erosion of natural deposits

3. Nitrate-Nitrite

10

10

1

ppm

0.8 to 1

2014

No

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

Disinfectants

4. Chlorine

MRDL=4

MRDL=4.0

0.5

ppm

0.38 to 0.7

2014

No

Water additive used to control microbes

Disinfection Byproducts

5. Total Haloacetic

    Acids (HAA5)

System-Wide

60

1

ppb

ND 1.01

2014

No

By-product of drinking water disinfection.

6.Total

   Trihalomethanes

       (TTHM)

 

System-Wide

80

5

ppb

2.39 to 5.2

2014

No

By-product of drinking water chlorination.

Microbiological Contaminants

7. Total Coliform                        

    Bacteria                    

0

1 per month for systems <40,000 pop.

1

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

May 2014

 

Naturally present in the environment

 

 

 

 * No sites exceeded the lead or copper action levels in 2014.

 

EPA requires monitoring of over 80 drinking water contaminants.  Those contaminants listed in the table above, are the only contaminants detected in your drinking water.

 

As you can see by the table on page 3, our system had no violations. We’re proud that your drinking water meets or exceeds all Federal and State requirements. We have learned through our monitoring and testing that some contaminants have been detected. The EPA has determined that your water IS SAFE at these levels.

 

Unregulated contaminants are those for which the EPA has not established drinking water standards.  The purpose of unregulated contaminant monitoring is to assist the EPA in determining the occurrence of unregulated contaminants in drinking water and whether future regulation is warranted.

 

 

 

 

 

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 (1-800-426-4791).

 

MCL’s are set at very stringent levels. To understand the possible health effects described for many regulated contaminants, 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.

 

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

 

If present, elevated levels of lead can cause serious health problems, especially for pregnant woman and young children. Lead in drinking water is primarily from materials and components associated with service lines and home plumbing. Grand Forks - Traill Water District is responsible for providing high quality drinking water, but cannot control the variety of materials used in plumbing components. Use water from the cold tap for drinking and cooking. 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 drinking 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.

 

Please call Neil Breidenbach, manager of Grand Forks – Traill Water District at (701) 599-2963 if you have questions concerning your drinking water.

 

 

Grand Forks – Traill Water District Board Members

Kory Sondreal  – President   Andy Krogstad – Vice President     Jon Gregoire - Sec. Tres.

Gary Vaagene, Gene Rosholt, Jim Schmaltz, Jeff Bjorge, Jeff Sobolik

 James West

 

 

Grand Forks – Traill Water District Employees

Neil Breidenbach, Manager

Randy Thompson, Mike Thompson, Joe Mutcher, Shari Hagen, Shelby Breiland