City of McIntyre #WSID 3190004 2014
Annual Water Quality Report
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We are pleased to present this year’s Annual Water Quality Report (Consumer Confidence
Report) as required by the Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA). This report is designed to provide
details about where your water comes from, what it contains, and how it compares to standards
set by regulatory agencies. This report is a snapshot of last year’s water quality. We are
committed to providing you with information because informed customers are our best allies.
Is my water safe?
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/Centers for Disease Control (CDC) guidelines on appropriate means to lessen the risk of
infection by Cryptosporidium and other microbial contaminants are available from the Safe
Water Drinking Hotline (800-426-4791).
Do I need to take special precautions?
Our water source is two groundwater wells located within the city limits. These wells drawn
from the Cretaceous Sand Aquifer which provides an ample supply for our community. The city
water is disinfected by chlorine and soda ash is provided for PH adjustment.
Where does my water come from?
Our water is protected by a State of Georgia Wellhead Protection Program/Plan.
Source water assessment and its availability
Why are there contaminants in my 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 Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Safe Drinking Water
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:microbial contaminants, such as viruses and bacteria, that 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 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 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; and 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,
EPA prescribes regulations that limit the amount of certain contaminants in water provided by
public water systems. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) regulations establish limits for
contaminants in bottled water which must provide the same protection for public health.
The regular scheduled city council meetings are held on the first and third Monday of each
month at 5:00 PM. City Hall is located at 102 Railroad Street. If you would like to be involved
or put on the agenda, please notify the city clerk at 478-946-2037.
How can I get involved?
We are required to monitor your drinking water for specific contaminants on a regular basis.
Results of regular monitoring are an indicator of whether or not our drinking water meets health
standards. During the compliance period of 11/1/2014 to 11/30/2014, we did not complete all
monitoring or testing for Total Coliform and therefor cannot be sure of the quality of you
drinking water during that time. We have implemented both sampling and reporting procedures
to improve water quality standards now and in the future.
Radon is a radioactive gas that you can’t see, taste, or smell. It is found throughout the U.S.
Radon can move up through the ground and into a home through cracks and holes in the
foundation. Radon can build up to high levels in all types of homes. Radon can also get into
indoor air when released from tap water from showering, washing dishes, and other household
activities. Compared to radon entering the home through soil, radon entering the home through
tap water will in most cases be a small source of radon in indoor air. Radon is a known human
carcinogen. Breathing air containing radon can lead to lung cancer. Drinking water containing
radon may also cause increased risk of stomach cancer. If you are concerned about radon in
your home, test the air in your home. Testing is inexpensive and easy. Fix your home if the
level of radon in your air is 4 picocuries per liter of air (pCi/L) or higher. There are simple ways
to fix a radon problem that aren’t too costly. For additional information, call your state radon
program or call EPA’s Radon Hotline (800-SOS-RADON).
Results of radon monitoring
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. City of McIntyre 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
Additional Information for Lead
Water Quality Data Table
In order to ensure that tap water is safe to drink, EPA prescribes regulations which limit the amount of contaminants in
water provided by public water systems. The table below lists all of the drinking water contaminants that we detected
during the calendar year of this report. Although many more contaminants were tested, only those substances listed
below were found in your water. All sources of drinking water contain some naturally occurring contaminants. At low
levels, these substances are generally not harmful in our drinking water. Removing all contaminants would be
extremely expensive, and in most cases, would not provide increased protection of public health. A few naturally
occurring minerals may actually improve the taste of drinking water and have nutritional value at low levels. Unless
otherwise noted, the data presented in this table is from testing done in the calendar year of the report. The EPA or the
State requires us to monitor for certain contaminants less than once per year because the concentrations of these
contaminants do not vary significantly from year to year, or the system is not considered vulnerable to this type of
contamination. As such, some of our data, though representative, may be more than one year old. In this table you will
find terms and abbreviations that might not be familiar to you. To help you better understand these terms, we have
provided the definitions below the table.
Contaminants MRDLG MRDL Water Low High Date Violation Typical Source
or TT, or Your Range Sample
(There is convincing evidence that addition of a disinfectant is necessary for control of microbial contaminants)
Disinfectants & Disinfectant By-Products
Water additive used to control
4 4 1.22 1.03 1.54 2014 No microbes Chlorine (as Cl2)
Naturally present in the
0 1 0 NA 2014 No environment
Radium (combined 0 5 5 NA 2011 No Erosion of natural deposits
Contaminants MCLG AL Water Date Exceeding AL AL Typical Source
Your Sample # Samples Exceeds
Corrosion of household
plumbing systems; Erosion
of natural deposits
1.3 1.3 0.064 2014 0 No
Copper – action level
at consumer taps
Corrosion of household
plumbing systems; Erosion
of natural deposits
Lead – action level at 0 15 3 2014 0 No
consumer taps (ppb)
ppm ppm: parts per million, or milligrams per liter (mg/L)
ppb ppb: parts per billion, or micrograms per liter (?g/L)
pCi/L pCi/L: picocuries per liter (a measure of radioactivity)
positive samples/month: Number of samples taken monthly that were
positive samples/month found to be positive
NA NA: not applicable
ND ND: Not detected
NR NR: Monitoring not required, but recommended.
Important Drinking Water Definitions
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.
MCL: Maximum Contaminant Level: 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.
TT: Treatment Technique: A required process intended to reduce the level
TT of a contaminant in drinking water.
AL: Action Level: The concentration of a contaminant which, if exceeded,
triggers treatment or other requirements which a water system must
Variances and Exemptions: State or EPA permission not to meet an MCL
Variances and Exemptions or a treatment technique under certain conditions.
MRDLG: Maximum residual disinfection level goal. 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.
MRDL: Maximum residual disinfectant level. 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
MNR MNR: Monitored Not Regulated
MPL MPL: State Assigned Maximum Permissible Level
For more information please contact:
Contact Name: Willie Howell
P.O. Box 38
McIntyre, GA 31054