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BOIL ORDER LIFTED

FROM: Dustin Goodwin, ROINC
Mill Creek Water District
DATE: 03/30/2018
TIME:0800 Hours

The boil order has been lifted for the following area:
5824, 5811 Skyhawk Drive and 4535, 4520 Oakwood Drive


 

 

 

Annual Drinking Water Quality Report for Calendar Year 2017

 

Mill Creek Water District

This report is intended to provide you with important information about your drinking water and the efforts made by the water system to provide safe drinking water.  This report includes drinking water facts, information on violations (if applicable), and contaminants detected in your drinking water supply during calendar year 2017.  Each year, we will provide you a new report.  If you need help understanding this report or have general questions, please contact the person listed below.

 

 

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Contact Name:

Dustin Goodwin

Telephone Number:

(217) 224-9343

E-mail (if available)

millcreekwater@comcast.net

 

Sources of Drinking Water

The sources of drinking water (both tap water and bottled water) include rivers, lakes, streams, ponds, reservoirs, springs, and groundwater 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.

 

Our main source of water comes 4 groundwater wells and back-up water interconnect with purchased surface water from Quincy, Il.

 

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 storm water runoff, industrial, or domestic wastewater discharges, oil and gas production, mining, or farming.

·          Pesticides and herbicides, which may come from a variety of sources such as agriculture, urban storm water 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 storm water runoff, and septic systems.

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

 

Other Facts about Drinking Water

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 poses a health risk. More information about contaminants and potential health effects can be obtained by calling the EPA's Safe Drinking Water Hotline at (800) 426-4791.

 

In order to ensure that tap water is safe to drink, EPA prescribes regulations which limit the amount of certain contaminants in water provided by public water systems. FDA regulations establish limits for contaminants in bottled water which must provide the same protection for public health.

 

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).

 

Source Water Information

 

Source water name

Type of water

Report Status

CC 02-Meter Quincy (Seasonal)

SW

Active

Well 1

GW

Active

Well 2

GW

Active

Well 3

GW

Active

Well 4

GW

Active


 

Source Water Assessments

Source water protection (SWP) is a proactive approach to protecting our critical sources of public water supply and assuring that the best source of water is being utilized to serve the public. It involves implementation of pollution prevention practices to protect the water quality in a watershed or wellhead protection area serving a public water supply. Along with treatment, it establishes a multi-barrier approach to assuring clean and safe drinking water to the citizens of Illinois.  The Illinois EPA has implemented a source water assessment program (SWAP) to assist with wellhead and watershed protection of public drinking water supplies.

 

We want our valued customers to be informed about their water quality. If you would like to learn more, please feel welcome to attend any of our regularly scheduled meetings. The source water assessment for our supply has been completed by the Illinois EPA. If you would like a copy of this information, please stop by or call office at (217) 224-9343.

 

To view a summary version of the completed Source Water Assessments, including: Importance of Source Water; Susceptibility to Contamination Determination; and documentation/recommendation of Source Water Protection Efforts, you may access the Illinois EPA website at http://www.epa.state.il.us/cgi-bin/wp/swap-fact-sheets.pl.

 

Source of Water: MILL CREEK PWD to determine Mill Creek PWD's susceptibility to groundwater contamination, a Well Site Survey, published in 1986 by the Illinois EPA, was reviewed. During the survey of Mill Creek PWD's source water protection area, Illinois EPA staff recorded potential sources, routes, or possible problem sites within the 400 foot minimum setback zones, the 1,000 foot Phase I Wellhead Protection Area (WHPA), and the Phase II WHPA for Wells #1, #2, #3 and #4. Fifteen potential sources of groundwater contamination are present that could pose a hazard to groundwater pumped by the Mill Creek PWD community water supply wells. These include a pile of material, a quarrying of material, a mining other than sand/gravel or stone, a below ground fuel storage, a manufacturing process, a septic tank, a church/library, an electrical generator/substation, a fertilizer warehouse, an exterminator, two lagoons, a well, an above ground fuel storage, and a pesticide/fertilizer commercial application or warehouse. Based on information provided by Mill Creek PWD water supply officials, the following facilities, also indicated as potential sources in the site data table, have changed their status: the church (changed to Chelsea Theater, which is entertainment), Reiter-PCS Sales (changed to Richter-PCS Sales), and Counter Top Processing (changed to Prince Mfg., which is a manufacturing storage).The Illinois EPA considers the source water of this facility to be susceptible to contamination. This determination is based on a number of criteria including: the land-use activities in the recharge area of the wells, the available hydrogeological data, monitoring conducted at the wells, and monitoring conducted at the entry point to the distribution system.

 

Source of Water: Quincy, Illinois, EPA considers all surface water sources of community water supply to be susceptible to potential pollution problems, hence, the reason for mandatory treatment for all surface water supplies in Illinois. Mandatory treatment includes coagulation, sedimentation, filtration, and disinfection. Within the Illinois portion of the Mississippi River Watershed, which is illustrated in Figure 3, many commodities, including manufactured goods, petrochemicals, and pesticides are transported along the river system. The production, storage, and transportation of these commodities are a major concern, especially when occurring near surface water intakes. In addition, agricultural runoff within the Illinois portion of the Mississippi River Basin contributes to the susceptibility of the Quincy intakes. With high flow rates and long distances of travel on the Mississippi River, critical areas can be extensive. The critical area for the Quincy intake was determined using data from a joint U.S. Environmental Protection Agency/U.S. Geological Survey project. This project used a computer modeling program (SPARROW) to determine travel times on major rivers in the United States. Accidental spills of hazardous materials into navigable waterways are a major concern because of their frequency in the United States in recent years. Illinois has access to 1,116 miles of inland waterway that can handle commercial barge traffic. These include the Upper Mississippi River, Illinois River Waterway, and the Ohio River. Along these waterways are numerous facilities that load and unload hazardous materials. Analysis of reported spills indicates that between 1974 and 1989, 794 accidental spills of hazardous materials occurred along Illinois waterways. Approximately 92% of these spills occurred along the Mississippi and/or the Illinois River. Figure 2 shows the critical area of concern (Zone 1) for the Quincy surface water intake. Spills occurring in this critical area will travel to the intake in five hours or less, making contingency planning and spill reporting a major concern in this watershed. Further information concerning spill response planning on the Mississippi River may be found in U.S. EPA’s website at www.epa.gov/region5/oil and at U.S. Geological Survey’s website ftp://ftp.umesc.er.usgs.gov/pub/gis_data/oil_spill.




2017 Regulated Contaminants Detected




Here are a few definitions and scientific terms which will help you understand the information in the contaminant detection tables.

 

AL

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

 

Avg

Regulatory compliance with some MCLs is based on running annual average of monthly samples.

 

MCL

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

 

MCLG

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.

 

MRDL

Maximum Residual Disinfectant Level: The highest level of disinfectant allowed in drinking water.

 

MRDLG

Maximum Residual Disinfectant Level Goal: The level of disinfectant in drinking water below which there is no known or expected risk to health. MRDLGs allow for a margin of safety.

 

N/A

Not Applicable

 

NTU

Nephelometric Turbidity Units

 

pCi/L

picocuries per liter ( a measure of radioactivity)

 

ppb

Parts per billion or micrograms per liter (ug/L) - or one ounce in 7,350,000 gallons of water.

 

ppm

Parts per million or milligrams per liter (mg/L) - or one ounce in 7,350 gallons of water.

 

TT

Treatment Technique: A required process intended to reduce the level of a contaminant in drinking water.

 


Lead and Copper

 

 

Date Sampled

MCLG

Action Level (AL)

90th Percentile

# Sites Over AL

Units

Violation

Likely Source of Contamination

 

Copper

08/06/2016

1.3

1.3

1.2

2

ppm

No

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

 

Lead

08/06/2016

0

15

2.7

0

ppb

No

Corrosion of household plumbing systems; erosion of natural deposits.

 

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. Mill Creek Water District 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.

 

Regulated Contaminants

 

Disinfectants & Disinfection Byproducts

Collection Date

Highest Level Detected

Range of Levels Detected

MCLG

MCL

Units

Violation

Likely Source of Contamination

Chlorine

12/31/2017

.6

0.5 – 0.7

MRDLG = 4

MRDL = 4

ppm

No

Water additive used to control microbes.

Haloacetic Acids (HAA5)

2017

2

1.71-1.71

No goal for total

60

ppb

No

By-product of drinking water disinfection.

Total Trihalomethanes (TTHM)

2017

10

10.23 – 10.23

No goal for the total

80

ppb

No

By-product of drinking water disinfection.

Note:       Compliance for Disinfection Byproducts (HAA5 and TTHM) is measured based on the running annual average, i.e. the average of all samples taken within the 12-month period preceding

                the sample date. The   Highest Level Detected for Disinfection By products (HAA5 and TTHM) is the highest of the running annual averages for 2016, not the highest single measurement.

Inorganic Contaminants

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Likely source of Contamination

Arsenic

04/22/2015

1.3

1.3 – 1.3

0

10

ppb

No

Erosion of natural deposits; Runoff from orchards; Runoff from glass and electronics production wastes.

Barium

04/22/2015

.13

0.13 - 13

2

2

ppm

No

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

Fluoride

2017

.81

.61 - .81

4

4.0

ppm

No

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

Manganese

04/22/2015

18

18 - 18

150

150

ppb

No

This contaminant is not currently regulated by the USEPA. However, the state regulates. Erosion of

natural deposits.

Nitrate [measured as nitrogen] – Nitrate in drinking water at levels above 10 ppm is a health risk for infants of less than six months of age. High nitrate levels in drinking water can cause blue baby syndrome. Nitrate levels may rise quickly for short periods of time because of rainfall or agricultural activity. If you are caring for an infant you should ask advice from your health care provider.

2017

9

6.6 - 9

10

10

ppm

No

Runoff from fertilizer use; Leaching from septic

tanks, sewage; Erosion of natural deposits.

Sodium

04/22/2015

15

15 - 15

 

 

ppm

No

Erosion from naturally occurring deposits: Used in water softener regeneration.

Zinc

04/22/2015

0.012

0.012 – 0.012

5

5

ppm

No

This contaminant is not currently regulated by the USEPA. However, the state regulates. Naturally occurring; discharge from metal

Radiological Contaminants

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Combined Radium 226/228

07/06/2015

.308

.308 - .308

0

5

pCi/L

No

Erosion of natural deposits

Gross alpha excluding radon and uranium

07/06/2015

1.82

1.82 – 1.82

 

1.0

ppm

No

Erosion of natural deposits

Note:    The state requires monitoring of certain contaminants less than once per year because the concentrations of these contaminants do not change frequently. Therefore, some of this data may be more

than one year old.



Violation Summary Table

We are happy to announce that NO monitoring, reporting, treatment technique, maximum residual disinfectant level, or maximum contaminant level violations were recorded during 2017.




Este informe contiene información
muy importante sobre el agua
que usted bebe. Tradúzcalo ó hable
con alguien que lo entienda bien.
Contact Name: Dustin Goodwin
Telephone Number: 224-9343
E-mail (if available): millcreekwater@comcast.net



 



This report is intended to provide you with important information about your drinking water and the efforts made by the Department of Utilities to provide safe drinking water. This report includes drinking water facts and contaminants detected in your drinking water supply for the period of January 1 through December 31, 2017. Each year, we will provide you a new report. If you need help understanding this report or have general questions, please contact the person listed below.


We want our valued customers to be informed about their water quality. If you would like to learn more, please feel welcome to attend any of our regularly scheduled Utilities Committee meetings. Utilities Committee meetings are held the first Thursday of each month at 4:00 PM in City Hall (730 Maine Street, Quincy, Illinois). Before we begin listing our unique water quality characteristics, here are some important facts you should know to help have a basic understanding of drinking water in general.


Sources of Drinking Water

Quincy's water comes from the Mississippi River, which is a surface water. Illinois EPA considers all surface water sources of community water supply to be susceptible to potential pollution problems, hence, the reason for mandatory treatment for all surface water supplies in Illinois. Mandatory treatment includes coagulation, sedimentation, filtration, and disinfection. Within the Illinois portion of the Mississippi River Watershed, many commodities, including manufactured goods, petrochemicals, and pesticides are transported along the river system. The production, storage, and transportation of these commodities are a major concern, especially when occurring near surface water intakes. In addition, agricultural runoff within the Illinois portion of the Mississippi River Basin contributes to the susceptibility of the Quincy intakes. With high flow rates and long distances of travel on the Mississippi River, critical areas can be extensive. The critical area for the Quincy intake was determined using data from a joint U.S. Environmental Protection Agency/U.S. Geological Survey project. This project used a computer modeling program (SPARROW) to determine travel times on major rivers in the United States. Accidental spills of hazardous materials into navigable waterways are a major concern because of their frequency in the United States in recent years. Illinois has access to 1,116 miles of inland waterway that can handle commercial barge traffic. These include the Upper Mississippi River, Illinois River Waterway, and the Ohio River. Along these waterways are numerous facilities that load and unload hazardous materials. Analysis of reported spills indicate that between 1974 and 1989, 794 accidental spills of hazardous materials occurred along Illinois waterways. Approximately 92% of these spills occurred along the Mississippi and/or the Illinois River. Figure 2 shows the critical area of concern (Zone 1) for the Quincy surface water intake. Spills occurring in this critical area will travel to the intake in five hours or less, making contingency planning and spill reporting a major concern in this watershed. Further information concerning spill response planning on the Mississippi River may be found in U.S. EPA's website at www.epa.gov/region5/oil and at U.S. Geological Survey's website ftp://ftp.umesc.er.usgs.gov/pub/gis_data/oil_spill.

The source water assessment for our supply has been completed by the Illinois EPA. If you would like a copy of this information, please call the Department of Utilities. To view a summary version of the completed Source Water Assessments, including: Importance of Source Water; Susceptibility to Contamination Determination; and documentation/recommendation of Source Water Protection Efforts, you may access the Illinois EPA website at:

http://www.epa.state.il.us/cgi-bin/wp/swap-fact-sheets.pl.


Other Facts about Drinking Water

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 poses a health risk. More information about contaminants and potential health effects can be obtained by calling the USEPA's Safe Drinking Water Hotline (1-800-426-4791).

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. USEPA/CDC guidelines on appropriate means to lessen the risk of infection by Cryptosporidium and other microbial contaminants are available from the USEPA's Safe Drinking Water Hotline (1-800-426-4791).

The sources of drinking water (both tap water 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 the source water include:

In order to ensure that tap water is safe to drink, EPA prescribes regulations which limit the amount of certain contaminants in water provided by public water systems. FDA regulations establish limits for contaminants in bottled water which must provide the same protection for public health.

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. We 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.


2016 Regulated Contaminants Detected

The next several tables summarize contaminants detected in your drinking water supply. Here are a few definitions and scientific terms which will help you understand the information in the contaminant detection tables.



Action Level (AL)

The concentration of a contaminant which, if exceeded, triggers treatment or other requirements which a water system must follow.

Action Level Goal (ALG)

The level of a contaminant in drinking water below which there is no known or expected risk to health. ALGs allow for a margin of safety.

Avg

Regulatory compliance with some MCLs is based on running annual average of monthly samples.

Level 1 Assessment

A Level 1 assessment is a study of the water system to identify potential problems and determine (if possible) why total coliform bacteria have been found in our water system.

Level 2 Assessment

A Level 2 assessment is a very detailed study of the water system to identify potential problems and determine (if possible) why an E. coli MCL violation has occurred and/or why total coliform bacteria have been found in our water system on multiple occasions.

Maximum Contaminant Level (MCL)

The highest level of a contaminant that is allowed in drinking water. MCLs are set as close to the Maximum Contaminant Level Goal 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.

Maximum Residual Disinfectant Level (MRDL)

The highest level of 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 disinfectant in drinking water 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.

N/A

Not Applicable

NTU

Nephelometric Turbidity Units

pCi/L

picocuries per liter ( a measure of radioactivity)

ppb

parts per billion or micrograms per liter (ug/L) - or one ounce in 7,350,000 gallons of water.

ppm

parts per million or milligrams per liter (mg/L) - or one ounce in 7,350 gallons of water.

Treatment Technique or TT

A required process intended to reduce the level of a contaminant in drinking water.


Lead and Copper



Date Sampled

MCLG

Action Level

(AL)

90th

Percentile

# Sites Over

AL

Units

Violation

Likely Source of Contamination


Copper


2017


1.3


1.3


0.036


0


ppm


No

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


Lead


2017


0


15


9.2


2


ppb


No

Corrosion of household plumbing systems;

erosion of natural deposits.

Regulated Contaminants


Disinfectants & Disinfection

Byproducts

Collection

Date

Highest Level

Detected

Range of Levels

Detected

MCLG

MCL

Units

Violation

Likely Source of Contamination


Chloramines


12/31/17


2.8


2- 3

MRDLG =

4

MRDL =

4


ppm


No


Water additive used to control microbes.


Haloaecetic acids (HAA5)


2017


27


15.1 - 38.2

No goal

for total


60


ppb


No


By-product of water disinfection.


Total Trihalomethanes (TTHM)


2017


58


34.7 - 85

No goal

for total


80


ppb


No


By-product of water disinfection

Note: Compliance for Disinfection Byproducts (HAA5 and TTHM) is measured based on the running annual average, i.e. the average of all samples taken within the 12-month period preceding the sample date. The Highest Level Detected for Disinfection Byproducts (HAA5 and TTHM) is the highest of the running annual averages for 2016, not the highest single measurement.

Inorganic Contaminants



Barium


2017


0.0086


0.0086 - 0.0086


2


2


ppm


No

Discharge of drilling wastes; Discharge

from metal refineries; Erosion of natural deposits


Fluoride


2017


0.4


0.382 - 0.382


4


4.0


ppm


No

Erosion of natural deposits; Water additive

which promotes strong teeth; Discharge from fertilizer and aluminum factories.


Iron


2017


0.011


0.011-0.011



1.0


ppm


No

This contaminant is not currently regulated

by the USEPA. However, it is regulated by the Illinois EPA. Erosion of natural deposits.


Nitrate (measured as Nitrogen)


2017


5


4.5 - 4.5


10


10


ppm


No

Runoff from fertilizer use; Leaching from

septic tanks, sewage; Erosion of natural deposits/silver1

Sodium

2017

120

120-120



ppm

No

Erosion from naturally occurring deposits; Used in water softener regeneration.




Radiological Contaminants

Collection

Date

Highest Level

Detected

Range of Levels

Detected

MCLG

MCL

Units


Violation

Likely Source of Contamination

Gross alpha excluding radon

and uranium


09/15/15


1.67



1.67 - 1.67


0




15


pCi/L




No


Erosion of natural deposits.

Note: The state requires monitoring of certain contaminants less than once per year because the concentrations of these contaminants do not change frequently. Therefore,

some of this data may be more than one year old.

Turbidity



Limit

(Treatment Technique)

Level Detected


Violation


Likely Source of Contamination

Lowest Monthly % Meeting Limit



0.3 NTU


100%




No



Soil Runoff

Highest Single Measurement




1 NTU

0.22 NTU




No



Soil Runoff

Note: Turbidity is a measurement of the cloudiness of the water caused by suspended particles. We monitor it because it is a good indicator of water quality and the effectiveness of our filtration system and disinfectants.

Total Organic Carbon

The percentage of Total Organic Carbon (TOC) removal was measured each month and the system met all TOC removal requirements set by IEPA.





MILL CREEK WATER DISTRICT    •    6415 Hickory Grove N    •    Quincy, IL 62305

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