(The water quality report for 2015 is available for review by clicking on the link below to print a copy.)
2015 Lockport CCR water ( please note that you may need to click on link again to open)
2015 Water Quality Report for Lockport Township This report covers the drinking water quality for the Lockport Township Water System, for the calendar year 2015. This information provides a snapshot of the quality of the water that we provided to you in 2015. Included are details about where your water comes from, what it contains, and how it compares to Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and state standards. Your water comes from 2 groundwater wells. The State performed an assessment of our source water and can provide you with a report. A source water assessment has been done and the report is available upon request by contacting the Lockport Township Water Department at (269) 273-8593. The susceptibility determination is high.
Contaminants and their presence in 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 (800-426- 4791).
Vulnerability of sub-populations: 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 systems 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).
Sources of Drinking Water: The sources of drinking water (both tap water and bottled water) include rivers, lakes, streams, ponds, reservoirs, springs and wells. Our water comes from 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.
Susceptibility of wells: Well #2 has a high susceptibility and Well #3 has a moderate susceptibility. This is due to the agricultural activity within and surrounding Lockport and Park Townships, Part 201 Contamination sites, and the Dacthal and Nitrate detects previously found in sampling. The current ground water flow for Lockport Township water supply runs North to South.
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 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 and residential uses. Radioactive contaminants, which are naturally occurring. 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. 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. Food and Drug Administration regulations establish limits for contaminants in bottled water, which provide the same protection for public health. 2 Water Quality Data The table below lists all the drinking water contaminants that we detected during the 2015 calendar year. The presence of these contaminants in the water does not necessarily indicate that the water poses a health risk. Unless otherwise noted, the data presented in this table is from testing done January 1 – December 31, 2015. The State allows us to monitor for certain contaminants less than once per year because the concentrations of these contaminants are not expected to vary significantly from year to year. All of the data is representative of the water quality, but some are more than one year old.
Terms and abbreviations used below:
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 Contaminant Level (MCL): 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.
Treatment Technique: A required process intended to reduce the level of a contaminant in drinking water.
N/A: Not applicable ND: not detectable at testing limit PPB: parts per billion or micrograms per liter PPM: parts per million or milligrams per liter pCi/L: picocuries per liter (a measure of radiation).
Action Level: The concentration of a contaminant, which, if exceeded, triggers treatment or other requirements that a water system must follow. Regulated Contaminant MCL MCLG Range Our Water Sample Date (If not in ’99) Violation Yes / No Typical Source of Contaminant Nitrite (ppm) 1.0 1.0 ND ND 2015 No Run off fertilizer, Natural deposits,Leaching from septic tanks Nitrate (ppm) 10 10 3.2 – 6.8 6.0 ppm 2015 No Discharge from steel and pulp mills; Erosion of natural deposits Fluoride (ppm) 4 4 ND ND 2015 No Erosion of natural deposits. Discharge from fertilizer and aluminum factories. Barium (mg/L) 2 2 0.3 mg/L 2011 No Discharge of drilling wastes; Discharge from metal refineries; Erosion of natural deposits. Analyte Method Reg Limit Range Result Units Combined Radium Calc. 5* N/A 1.05±0.60 pCI/L No Unregulated Contaminant ** MCL MCLG Range Our Water Sample Date (If not in ’99 Violation Yes / No Typical Source of Contaminant Sodium (ppm) NA NA 8-11 11 ppm 2015 No Erosion of natural deposits Dacthal DCPA, Mono & Di-acid Degradation (Dacthal) 0.070 ND ND 2013 No Residential and agricultural herbicide use 3 Contaminant Subject to AL Action Level MCLG 90% of Samples < This Level Number of Samples Above AL Lead (ppb) 15 0 4 ppb 2015 0 Corrosion of household plumbing systems; Erosion of natural deposits Copper (ppb) 1300 1300 300 ppb 2015 0 Corrosion of household plumbing systems; Erosion of natural deposits; Leaching from wood preservatives ** Unregulated contaminant monitoring helps EPA to determine where certain contaminants occur and whether it needs to regulate those contaminants. *** Detection Limit (DL) shall be that concentration which can be counted with a precision of plus or minus 100% at the 95% confidence level. Microbial Contaminants MCL MCLG Number of Detections Violation Y / N Typical Source of Contaminant Total Coliform Bacteria No more than 1 positive sample per month 0 0 N Naturally present in the environment Nitrate: 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 for advice from your health care provider. 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.
Lockport Township 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 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 you 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.
Is our water system meeting other rules that govern our operations?
The State and EPA require us to test our water on a regular basis to ensure its safety. We completed all the monitoring and reporting requirements for 2015. We are committed to providing you reliable and healthy water. We are pleased to provide you with this information to keep you fully informed about your water.
We will be updating this report annually and will also keep you informed of any problems that may occur throughout the year as they happen.
Copies of this report can be obtained by calling the Lockport Township Water Department at 269-273-8593. For more information about your water or the contents of this report contact Scott King at 269-414-0071.