CONSUMER CONFIDENCE REPORT 2017
CLOUD COUNTRY WEST WATER SYSTEM
Is My Water Safe?
We are pleased to present this year's Annual Water Quality Report (CCR) 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.
Do I need to take special precautions?
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, people 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).
Where does my water come from?
Our water comes from a well and is then stored in storage tanks. The water is treated by a sodium hypochlorite disinfection system before it is sent to the tanks. A certified small system operator oversees the water system. There are no regular scheduled Joint Water Board meetings. Contact a member of your board to find the time and place of the next meeting.
Source Water Assessment and Protection Program
The Cloud Country West Water system is well maintained and operated and sources of drinking water are generally protected from potential sources of contamination based on well construction, hydro geologic settings and system operations and management. The susceptibility rank of the entire water system is High. For more information about source water assessment, contact David Torres at (505) 841-5306.
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 EPA Safe Drinking Water Hotline (800 426-4791). The sources of drinking water (both tap & 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 source water before it is treated may include:
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 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 c an 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.
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. FDA regulations establish limits for contaminants in bottled water which must provide the same protection for public health.
How Can I get Involved?
If you would like information regarding the Cloud Country West Joint Water Board, please contact: Robin Faux (Unit 1) (719) 650-9349; or Jim Crenshaw (626) 253-1531.
Additional Information for Lead:
If present, elevated levels of lead can cause serous 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. CCW 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.
Additional information for Arsenic:
While your drinking water meets EPA's standard for arsenic, it does contain low levels. EPA's standard balances the current understanding of arsenic's possible health effects against the costs of removing arsenic from drinking water. EPA continues to research the health effects of low levels of arsenic which is a mineral known to cause cancer in humans at high concentrations and is linked to other health effects such as skin damage and circulatory problems.
WATER QUALITY DATA TABLE:
MCLG MCL Your Sample
MRDLG MRDL Water Date Violation Typical Source
Chlorine ppm 4 4 .5925 2016 No Water additive
Halo acetic Acid By-product drinking
(HAA5) (Ppb) n/a 60 0 06/18/16 No water chlorination
TTHMs total By-product drinking
Trihalomethanes n/a 80 ND 06/18/16 No water disinfection
Inorganic Contaminants Discharge of drilling wastes;
Arsenic 10 ND 10/19/15 No Erosion of natural deposits
Barium (ppm) 2 2 .036 10/19/15 No metal refineries; erosion
Beryllium .0040 ND 10/19/15 No
Cadmium .0050 ND 10/19/15 No
Chromium (ppb) 100 ND 10/19/15 No Discharge from steel & pulp mills;
erosion of natural deposits
Cyanide (ppb) 200 ND 10/19/15 No Discharge from plastic & fertilizer,
Dibromo .20 ND 10/19/15 No
Dibromoethane .050 ND 10/19/15 No
Fluoride (ppm) 4 4 .17 10/19/15 No Erosion of natural deposits; water
additive promotes strong teeth;
from fertilizer & aluminum factories
Mercury 2 2 ND 10/19/15 No Erosion of natural deposits; runoff
Nitrate (mg/L) 10 10 ND 10/19/16 No Runoff from fertilizer; leaching from Septic tanks sewage; erosion of
Nickel 10 ND 10/19/15 No
Selenium (ppb) 50 50 1.1 10/19/15 No Erosion of natural deposits
Sodium n/a 9.8 10/19/15 No and leeching
Thallium .5 2 ND 10/19/15 No Leeching from land fills
Zinc 5.0 .029 10/19/15 No
Uranium (ug/L) 0 30 1 9/24/13 No Erosion of natural deposits
Gross Alpha Emitters (pCi/L) 30 1.23 9/24/13 No Erosion of natural deposits
Radium (combined 226/228) 5 0.14 9/24/13 No Erosion of natural deposits
Synthetic Organic Contaminants ND 10/19/15 No
(including pesticides & herbicides)
Volatile Organic Contaminants ND 10/19/15 No
Lead 15 4 2015 No Corrosion of household plumbing
Copper 1.3 1.3 .09 2015 No systems; erosion of natural deposits
Ug/L Number of micrograms of substance in one liter of water
Ppm Parts per million, or milligrams per liter (Mg/L)
Ppb Parts per billion, or micrograms per liter (mg/L)
Ppt Parts per trillion, or nonograms per liter
NA Not applicable
ND None detected
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 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 follow.
Variances & State or EPA permission not to meet an MCL or a treatment technique
Exemptions 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 disinfectant is necessary for control of 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 contaminants.
MNR MNR: Monitored not Regulated
MPL MPL: State Assigned Maximum Permissible Level