Annual Drinking Water Quality Report - 2016 Santaquin City

Annual Drinking Water Quality Report - 2016
Santaquin City
We\'re pleased to present to you this year\'s Annual Drinking Water Quality Report. This report is designed
to inform you about the quality of the water and services we deliver to you every day. Our constant goal is
to provide you with a safe and dependable supply of drinking water. We want you to understand the efforts
we make to continually improve the water treatment process and protect our water resources. We are
committed to ensuring the quality of your water. Our water comes from springs and wells that all provide
The Drinking Water Source Protection Plan for Santaquin City is available for your review. It contains
information about source protection zones, potential contamination sources and management strategies to
protect our drinking water. Potential contamination sources common in our protection areas are
residential wastewater disposal systems, roads, mining, and agricultural operations. Our sources have a
low susceptibility to potential contamination. We have also developed management strategies to further
protect our sources from contamination. Please contact us if you have questions or concerns about our
source protection plan.
There are many connections to our water distribution system. When connections are properly installed
and maintained, the concerns are very minimal. However, unapproved and improper piping changes or
connections can adversely affect not only the availability, but also the quality, of the water. A cross
connection may let polluted water or even chemicals mingle into the water supply system when not
properly protected. This not only compromises the water quality but can also affect your health. So,
what can we do? Do not make or allow improper connections at your homes. Even that unprotected
garden hose lying in the puddle next to the driveway is a cross connection. The unprotected lawn
sprinkler system after you have fertilized or sprayed is also a cross connection. When the cross
connection is allowed to exist at your home it will affect you and your family first. If you\'d like to learn
more about helping to protect the quality of our water, call us for further information about ways you can
I\'m pleased to report. that our drinking water meets federal and state requirements.
If you have any questions about this report or concerning your water utility, please contact Dennis Barnes
at (801) 754-3211. 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 every second
Wednesday at 7 p.m. in the city offices.
Santaquin City routinely monitors for constituents in our drinking water in accordance with the Federal
and Utah State laws. The following table shows the results of our monitoring for the period of January 1 st
to December 31 st, 2016. All drinking water, including bottled drinking water, may be reasonably expected
to contain at least small amounts of some constituents. It\'s important to remember that the presence of
these constituents does not necessarily pose a health risk.
In the following 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:
NDILow - High - For water systems that have multiple sources of water, the Utah Division of Drinking
Water has given water systems the option of listing the test results ofthe constituents in one table, instead
of multiple tables. To accomplish this, the lowest and highest values detected in the multiple sources are
recorded in the same space in the report table.
Parts per million (ppm) or Milligrams per liter (mgll) - 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 (ugll) - one part per billion corresponds to one minute in
2,000 years, or a single penny in $10,000,000.
Parts per trillion (ppt) or Nanograms per liter (nanogramsll) - one part per trillion corresponds to one
minute in 2,000,000 years, or a single penny in $10,000,000,000.
Maximum Contaminant Level (MCL) - 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 (MCLG) - The \"Goal\"(MCLG) is the level of a contaminant in
drinking water below which there is no mown or expected risk to health. MCLGs allow for a margin of
Maximum Residual Disinfectant Level (MRDL) - 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
Maximum Residua/Disinfectant Level Goal (MRDLG) - The level of a drinking water disinfectant
below which there is no mown or expected risk to health. MRDLGs do not reflect the benefits of the use
of disinfectants to control microbial contaminants.
Contaminant Violation Level Unit MCLG MCL Date Likely Source of
YIN Detected Measurement Sampled Contamination
Inorganic Contaminants
Arsenic N 2.5 ppm 0 10 2016 Erosion of natural deposits;
Runoff from orchards;
Runoff from glass and
electronics production
Barium N .062 ppm 2 2 2016 Discharge of drilling wastes;
discharge from metal
refineries; erosion of natural
Copper N a.71 ppb 1300 AL=1300 2014 Corrosion of household
a. 90% results plumbing systems; erosion of
b. # of si tes that b.O natural deposits
exceed the AL
Fluoride N .3 ppm 4 4 2016 Erosion of natural deposits;
water additive which
promotes strong teeth;
discharge from fertilizer and
aluminum factories
Lead N a.3.2 ppb 0 AL=15 2014 C011\'Osion of household
a. 90% results plumbing systems, erosion of
b. # of sites that exceed b.O natural deposits
Nitrate (as Nitrogen) N .6 ppm 10 10 2016 Runoff from fertilizer use;
leaching from septic tanks,
sewage; erosion of natural
Selenium N 1.7 ppb 50 50 2016 Discharge from petroleum
and metal refineries; erosion
of natural deposits; discharge
from mines
Sodium N 7.6 ppm None set None set by EPA 2016 Erosion of natural deposits;
by EPA discharge from refineries and
factories; runoff from
Sulfate N 21 ppm 1000 1000 2016 Erosion of natural deposits;
discharge from refineries and
factories; runoff from
landfills, runoff from
TDS (Total Dissolved N 252 ppm 2000 2000 2016 Erosion of natural deposits
TTHM N 5.6 ppb 0 80 2016 By-product of drinking water
[Total trihalomethanes] disinfection
Radioactive Contaminants
Alpha emitters N ND-26 peill 0 15 2012 Erosion of natural deposits
Radium 228 N ND-4 peill 0 5 2012 Erosion of natural deposits
Radium 226 N 1 peill 0 5 2011 Erosion of natural deposits
All sources of dnnking water are subject to potential contamination by constItuents that are naturally
occurring or are man made. Those constituents can be microbes, organic or inorganic chemicals, or
radioactive materials.-Alldrinking 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-
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. Santaquin 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
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 HN/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. EP AlCDC 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).
Published in The Payson Chronicle on March 15, 2017.

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