City of Belgrade, Montana
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1999 Annual Drinking Water Quality Report

for the

City of Belgrade

91 East Central     -     Belgrade, MT 59714     -     (406)388-3760

 

           We’re very pleased to provide you with this year's Annual Quality Water Report. We want to keep you informed about the excellent water and services we have delivered to you over the past year. Our goal is and always has been, to provide to you a safe and dependable supply of drinking water. Our water source is groundwater from 4 wells.  Well #1 is located at 215 South Broadway, Well #2 is located in the Lewis and Clark Park, Well #3 is located at 308 Stiles Avenue, and the final Well #4 is located at the Belgrade City Shop.

 

           We have a source water protection plan available from our office that provides more information such as potential sources of contamination.  This plan can be reviewed at the City Hall during normal business hours.

 

           I'm pleased to report that our drinking water is safe and meets federal and state requirements.  If you have any questions about this report or concerning your water utility, please contact the City of Belgrade, at (406) 388-3760.  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 first Monday of each month at the City Hall, 7:00 pm.

 

           The City of Belgrade routinely monitors for constituents 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, 1999.  “Some of our data in the tables are more than one year old, since certain chemical contaminants are monitored less than once a year.  Our sampling frequency complies with EPA and State drinking water regulations.”

 

           In this table 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:

 

·          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 - one part per billion corresponds to one minute in 2,000 years, or a single penny in $10,000,000.

 

·          Action Level - the concentration of a contaminant which, if exceeded, triggers treatment or other requirements which a water system must follow.

 

·          Maximum Contaminant Level - (mandatory language) 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 - (mandatory language) 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.

 

 

TEST RESULTS

Contaminant

Violation

Y/N

Sample

Date

Highest

Level

Detected

Range

Detected

Unit

Measurement

MCLG

MCL

Likely Source of Contamination

Microbiological Contaminants

1. Total Coliform Bacteria

N

Monthly

2

N/A

N/A

0

Presence of coliform bacteria in 5% of monthly samples

Naturally present in the environment

Inorganic Contaminants

10. Barium

N

6-19-96

0.12

N/A

ppm

2

2

Discharge of drilling wastes; discharge from metal refineries; erosion of natural deposits

14. Copper

N

9-10-99

0.20

N/A

ppm

1.3

AL=1.3

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

16. Fluoride

N

6-19-96

0.13

.07 - .13

ppm

4

4

Erosion of natural deposits; water additive which promotes strong teeth; discharge from fertilizer and aluminum factories

17. Lead

N

9-10-99

3.0

N/A

ppb

0

AL=15

Corrosion of household plumbing systems, erosion of natural deposits

19. Nitrate (as Nitrogen)

N

10-6-99

1.33

.89 - 1.33

ppm

10

10

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



           What does this mean?  As you can see by the table, 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 constituents have been detected. The EPA has determined that your water IS SAFE at these levels.

 

        Also the system tested for an unregulated contaminant, that currently does not have an MCL established by the EPA.  The constituent tested for was sulfate and the level detected was 24 ppm.  Sulfate is classified as an inorganic compound and possible sources for this constituent are geological, steel and metal industries, and fungicide manufacturing.

 

           "All sources of drinking water are subject to potential contamination by constituents that are naturally occurring or is man made.  Those constituents can be microbes, organic or inorganic chemicals, or radioactive materials.”  All 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 at 1-800-426-4791.

 

        MCL’s are set at very stringent levels. To understand the possible health effects described for many regulated constituents, 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. Total Coliform: The Total Coliform 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 tests are done to determine if harmful bacteria are present in the water supply. If this limit is exceeded, the water supplier must notify the public by newspaper, television or radio. To comply with the stricter regulation, we have increased the average amount of chlorine in the distribution system.  Nitrates: As a precaution we always notify physicians and health care providers in this area if there is ever a higher than normal level of nitrates in the water supply. Lead:Lead in drinking water is rarely the sole cause 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, replaced or reduced.

 

      Thank you for allowing us to continue providing your family with clean, quality water this year. In order to maintain a safe and dependable water supply we sometimes need to make improvements that will benefit all of our customers. These improvements are sometimes reflected as rate structure adjustments. Thank you for understanding.

 

     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 (800-426-4791). 

 

      Please call our office if you have questions.  We at the City of Belgrade work around the clock to provide top quality water to every tap.  We ask that all our customers help us protect our water sources, which are the heart of our community, our way of life and our children’s future.

 

      This Annual Quality Water Report will not be mailed out to individual water customers!  A copy of this report is available by calling or stopping by the City Hall.

 

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