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Public Works Director - Dave Ryan

Assistant Public Works Director - Jonathan Kono

Water/ Waste Water Plant Operator - Brian Delagardelle

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Important Information about your drinking water

Our water system recently violated a drinking water standard. Although this is not an emergency, as our customers, you have a right to know what happened, what you should do, and what we are doing to correct this situation.

We routinely monitor for the presence of drinking water contaminants. Testing results we received on February 26, 2016 show that our system exceeds the standard, or maximum contaminant level (MCL), for Radium, Combined (226,228). The standard for Radium, Combined (226, 228) is 5 PCI/L. The average level of Radium, Combined (226,228) over the last year was 5.8 PCI/L.

What should I do?

  • You do not need to use an alternative (e.g., bottled) water supply. However, if you have a specific health concerns, consult your doctor.

What does this mean?

This is not an immediate risk. If it had been, you would have been notified immediately. However, some people who drink water containing Radium 226 or 228 in excess of the MCL over many years may have an increased risk of getting cancer.

What happened? What is being done?

We have and will continue to monitor these levels. We have been in contact with the D.N.R. and the City Engineering firm to find the correct action to reduce the levels to an acceptable level.

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2016 Water Quality Report for Fairbank Water Supply - DOWNLOAD PDF COPY

This report contains important information regarding the water quality in our water system. The source of our water is groundwater.   Our water quality testing shows the following results:

CONTAMINANT

MCL - (MCLG)

Compliance

Date

Violation

Source

 

 

Type

Value & (Range)

 

Yes/No

 

Total Trihalomethanes (ppb) [TTHM]

80   (N/A)

LRAA

9.00 (9-9)

9/30/2016

No

By-products of drinking water chlorination

Total Haloacetic Acids (ppb) [HAA5]

60 (N/A)

LRAA

18.00 (18-18)

09/30/2016

No

By-products of drinking water disinfection.

Copper (ppm)

AL=1.3   (1.3)

90th

0.48(0.0234 - 0.541)

2014

No

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

Lead (ppb)

AL=15   (0)

90th

0.00 (ND - 95) 1 sample(s) exceeded AL

2014

No

Corrosion of household plumbing systems; erosion of natural deposits

950 - DISTRIBUTION SYSTEM

Chlorine (ppm)

MRDL=4.0 (MRDLG=4.0)

RAA

2.2 (2.0-2.2)

12/31/2016

No

Water additive used to control microbes.

01 - WELL HOUSE SINK TAP, #3

Gross Alpha, inc (pCi/L)

15 (0)

SGL

13

08/19/2015

No

Erosion of natural deposits.

Combined Radium (pCi/L)

5 (0)

RAA

5.8 (3.2-5.6)

03/31/2016

No

Erosion of natural deposits.

Fluoride (ppm)

4 (4)

SGL

1.1

12/11/2013

No

Water additive which promotes strong teeth; erosion of natural deposits; Discharge from fertilizer and aluminum factories.

Barium (ppm)

2 (2)

SGL

0.044

12/11/2013

No

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

Sodium (ppm)

N/A (N/A)

SGL

22.3

11/28/2016

No

Erosion of natural deposits; Added to water during treatment process.

02 - WELL HOUSE SINK TAP, #4

Fluoride (ppm)

4  (4)

SGL

0.6

12/11/2013

No

Water additive which promotes strong teeth; Erosion of natural deposits; Discharge from fertilizer and aluminum factories

Barium (ppm)

2  (2)

SGL

0.0427

12/11/2013

No

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

Sodium (ppm)

N/A (N/A)

SGL

6.5

11/28/2016

No

Erosion of natural deposits; Added to water during treatment process

 

Note: Contaminants with dates indicate results from the most recent testing done in accordance with regulations.

DEFINITIONS

  • 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.
  • ppb -- parts per billion.
  • ppm -- parts per million.
  • pCi/L – picocuries per liter
  • N/A – Not applicable
  • ND -- Not detected
  • RAA – Running Annual Average

Treatment Technique (TT) – A required process intended to reduce the level of a contaminant in drinking water.

  • Action Level (AL) – The concentration of a contaminant which, if exceeded, triggers treatment or other requirements which a water system must follow.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • SGL – Single Sample Result
  • RTCR – Revised Total Coliform Rule

GENERAL INFORMATION

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 water posed a health risk.  More information about contaminants or potential health effects can be obtained by calling the Environmental Protection Agency’s Safe Drinking Water Hotline (800-426-4791).

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 microbial contaminants are available from the Safe Drinking Water Hotline (800-426-4791).

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.  FAIRBANK WATER SUPPLY 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.

CONTAMINANT VIOLATIONS

Violation Type

Contaminant

Begin date

End Date

Our water system violated a drinking water standard for Radium, Combined (226, 228). Some people who drink water containing Radium 226 or 228 in excess of the MCL over many years may have an increased risk of getting cancer.

MCL (Chem-Rad),  Average

Radium, Combined (226, 228)

01/01/2016

03/31/2016

ADDITIONAL HEALTH INFORMATION

Infants and young children are typically more vulnerable to lead in drinking water than the general population. It is possible that lead levels at your home may be higher than at other homes in the community as a result of materials used in your home's plumbing. If you are concerned about elevated lead levels in your home's water, you may wish to have your water tested and flush your tap for 30 seconds to 2 minutes before using tap water. Additional information is available from the Safe Drinking Water Hotline (800-426-4791).

SOURCE WATER ASSESSMENT INFORMATION

This water supply obtains some of its water from the sandstone and dolomite of Cambrian-Ordovician aquifer. The Cambrian-Ordovician aquifer was determined to have low susceptibility to contamination because the characteristics of the aquifer and overlying materials provide natural protection from contaminants at the land surface. The Cambrian-Ordovician well will have low susceptibility to surface contaminants such as leaking underground storage tanks, contaminant spills, and excess fertilizer application. 

This water supply obtains a portion of its water from the dolomite and limestone of the Silurian-Devonian aquifer.  The Silurian-Devonian aquifer was determined to be highly susceptible to contamination because the characteristics of the aquifer and overlying materials provide little protection from contamination at the land surface.  The Silurian-Devonian well will be highly susceptible to surface contaminants such as leaking underground storage tanks, contaminant spills, and excess fertilizer application.  

A detailed evaluation of your source water was completed by the Iowa Department of Natural Resources, and is available from Fairbank City Hall at 319-635-2869.

CONTACT INFORMATION

For questions regarding this information or how you can get involved in decisions regarding the water system, please contact Fairbank City Hall at 319-635-2869. 

 

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