City of Belgrade, Montana
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Water Quality Report 2002

City of Belgrade
Public Works Department

January 1, 2002 - December 31, 2002


We are pleased to present our 2002 Water Quality Report. Our goal is to provide to you a safe and dependable supply of drinking water. We want to keep you informed about the excellent water quality and services we deliver to you every day.

We are proud to announce that Belgrade's water system meets or exceeds all federal and state drinking water requirements. The water system for the City of Belgrade had no testing violations in 2002.

Water is vital to our community and the heritage of generations to come. The City of Belgrade requests that all citizens become active in protecting our water sources. If you would like to participate in decisions which may affect the quality of life in Belgrade, please contact the Utility Clerk at 388-3760 for information regarding City Council meeting times and agendas.

We have a source water protection plan available that provides additional information regarding potential sources of contamination. This plan can be reviewed at Belgrade City Hall during normal business hours. If you have any questions about this report or concerning your water utility, please contact the Public Works Director at (406) 388-3760.

Please Note: This report will not be mailed out to individual water customers! A copy of this report is available for pick-up during normal business hours at Belgrade City Hall.

 

WATER AND YOUR HEALTH

All drinking water, including bottled water, may reasonably be expected to contain some contaminants. However, the presence of these contaminants does not necessarily indicate that the water poses any significant health risk. If you would like to obtain additional information regarding contaminants and potential health effects, please contact the EPA's Safe Drinking Water Hotline at (800) 426-4791.

Some people may be more vulnerable to contaminants in drinking water than the general population. Immune-compromised persons such as, 1) persons with cancer undergoing chemotherapy, 2) persons who have undergone organ transplants, 3) people with HIV/AIDS or other immune system disorders, and 4) 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 EPA's Safe Drinking Water Hotline (800) 426-4791.

All sources of water are subject to contamination by naturally occurring and man-made constituents. These constituents can be microbes, organic and inorganic chemicals, or radio-active materials. In order to ensure safe drinking water, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) established regulations limiting the allowable amount of these contaminants for all public water supply systems. This report contains a listing of all detected contaminants found in Belgrade's drinking water system.

 

WATER SOURCES

The City of Belgrade's water is derived from four deep underground wells. These wells tap into the Quaternary alluvial aquifer, hundreds of feet below the surface. Well #1 through Well #4 are all located within the Belgrade City limits.

We currently have two new wells under development, which will be operational during the third (calendar) quarter of 2003. With these new wells operating, we will continue to provide the City of Belgrade with some of the best water in the Gallatin Valley for many years to come.


The EPA and the Montana Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) require sampling and testing for over 80 different contaminants. Listed in the table below are all of the contaminants found in Belgrade's drinking water system during the 2002 calendar year.

 

TABLE OF DETECTED CONTAMINANTS

Contaminant

Detected Level Range MCL or AL MCLG Typical Contamination Source

 

DEFINITIONS

Action Level: The concentration of a contaminant which, if exceeded, triggers treatment or other requirements which a water system must follow. Ninty percent of all water samples must be at or below this level. Lead and Copper tests are measured at the 90th percentile.

Maximum Contaminant Level: The highest level of a contaminant that is allowed in drinking water. MCL's are set as close to the MCLG's as feasible, using the best available treatment technology.

Maximum Contaminant Level Goal: 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.

ppm: Parts per million

ppb: Parts per billion

Total Coliform: Coliforms are bacteria that are naturally present in the environment and are used as an indicator that other potentially harmful bacteria may be present.

Total Coliform Rule: This rule requires water systems to meet a stricter limit for coliform bacteria. Coliform bacteria are usually harmless, but their presence in water can be an indication of disease-causing bacteria. When coliform bacteria are found, special follow-up testing is done to determine if harmful bacteria are present in the water supply.

Nitrates: If high nitrate levels are detected in a water supply, local physicians and health care providers are immediately notified.

Lead: Lead in drinking water is rarely the sole cause of lead of lead poisoning, but it can add to a person's total lead exposure. All potential sources of lead in the household should be identified and removed or reduced.