Harvest-Monrovia Water Association

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2017

ANNUAL DRINKING WATER QUALITY REPORT
HARVEST-MONROVIA WATER, SEWER AND
FIRE PROTECTION AUTHORITY

The Authority is pleased to report to each customer that the DRINKING WATER IS SAFE!! This report is delivered to you each year to provide information about the quality of water the Authority provides to the customers. This information is for testing conducted from January 1 to December 31, 2016. It is our goal to provide clean safe drinking water to each of you throughout the year. Our staff strives each day to accomplish this goal.

In July of 2016 Harvest-Monrovia received the Best Operated Plant Award in The State of Alabama for the Mt. Zion Water Treatment Plant, Best Operated Award for the Burwell Road Wastewater Treatment Plant and the Best Operated Distribution System for 15,001 to 25,000 meters at the annual AWPCA Conference held in Phoenix City, Alabama. The Burwell Road Water Plant also received an Award of Excellence for operation at the annual AWPCA Conference in addition to receiving the Optimized Plant Award from EPA and ADEM for the 10th straight year. You can see from these awards the Authority is striving to be the best we can be and to provide the service each customer deserves.

An additional well site and treatment skid have been put online at Mt. Zion Water Treatment Plant. These will enable the Authority to produce another one million gallons per day of safe drinking water.

Our water source is groundwater drawn from eight wells throughout the system. The Tuscumbia-Fort Payne Aquifer system supplies water to our eight wells. Water from four of our wells is treated at the 10 million gallons a day water plant. Water from three other sites is treated at the four million gallons a day membrane plant and one well is treated at the well site. The Authority has established a Source Water Protection Plan that has been approved by ADEM. Information on potential contaminant sources has been defined and is available at the office. The major sources of potential contamination are existing wells, agricultural run-off and septic tanks.

The source 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 throughout the year through the ground it dissolves naturally occurring minerals and radioactive material and it can pick up substances from the presence of animal or human activity.

Some people may be more vulnerable to contaminants in drinking water than the and to our children general population. People who are immuno-compromised such as persons with cancer undergoing chemotherapy, persons who have undergone organ transplants, HIV/AIDS in the future. positive 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 Crytosporidium and other microbiological contaminants are available from the Safe Drinking Water Hotline 1-800-426-4791.

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. Harvest-Monrovia Water, Sewer and Fire Protection Authority is responsible for providing high quality drinking water, but cannot control the variety ofmaterials 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 two minutes before using water for drinking or cooking. If you are concerned about lead in drinking water, testing methods and steps you can take to minimize exposure are available from the Safe Drinking Water Hotline or at http://www.epa.gov/safewater/lead.

The Authority routinely monitors for constituents in your drinking water according to EPA and ADEM regulations. The following Table of Contaminants shows the constituents tested and the detected contaminant results of our monitoring period from January 1, 2016 through December 31 , 2016. All drinking water, including bottled drinking water, may be reasonably expected to contain at least small amounts of some constituents. It is important to remember that the presence of these constituents does not necessarily pose a health risk.

Please remember drought conditions still exist in the area, so please conserve water. Biggest conservation comes from limited outside watering, so start now and continue throughout the summer. With help from each customer we can conserve and avoid shortages now and in the future.

The Authority is pleased to present this information to you. We constantly strive to protect your drinking water and provide quality tap water for each of you. Thank you for allowing us to serve you. Remember we have to work together to provide clean water to our children in the future.

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