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Is my drinking water safe?

Linden Water System Water Quality Report 2021

·Inorganic contaminants, such as salts and metals, which can be

Yes, our water meets all of EPA' s health standards. We have cooducted numerous tests for over 80 cootaminants that may be in drinking water. As you' II see in the chart on the back, we only detected six of these cootaminants. We found all of these contaminants at safe levels.

 

What is the source of my water?

Your water, which is surface water, comes from the Buffalo River. Our goal is to

protect our water from contaminants and we are working with the State to determine the vulnerabilily of our water source to potential cootamination. The Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation (TDEC) has prepared a Source Water Assessment Program (SWAP) Report for the untreated water sources serving this water system. The SWAP Report assesses the susceptibility of untreated water sources to potential contamination. To ensure safe drinking water, all public water systems treat and routinely test their water. Water sources have been rated as reasonably susceptible, moderately susceptible or slightly susceptible based on geologic factors and human activities in the vicinity of the water source. The Linden Water System sources rated as reasonably susceptible to potential contamination.

 

An explanation of Tennessee's Source Water Assessment Program, the Source Water Assessment summaries, susceptibility scorings and the overall TDEC report to EPA can be viewed online at https://www.tn.gov/environmenVQrogram­ areasA,r-wator-resourcesiwater-quality/source-water-assessment.html or you may contact the Water System to obtain copies of specific assessments.

 

Why are there contaminants in my 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 Safe Drinking Water Hotline (800426- 4791).

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For more information about your drinking water, please call Brian Moore at

931-589-2820.

How can I get involved?

Our Water Board meets on the first Tuesday of each month at 6:00 pm at City Hall, which is located at 216 East Main Street. Please feel free to participate in these meetings.

 

Is our water system meeting other rules that govern our operations?

The State and EPA require us to test and report on our water on a regular basis to ensure tts safety. We have met all of these requirements. Results of unregulated contaminant analysis are available upon request. We want you to know that we pay attention to all the rules.

 

Other Information

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. Contaminants that may be present in source water.

· Microbial contaminants, such as viruses and bacteria, which may come from sewage treatment plants, septic systems, agricultural livestock operations, and wildlife.

nalurally-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 stormwaler runoff, and residential uses.

  • Orgooic 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.

  • 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 and the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation prescribe regulations which limit the amount of certain contaminants in water provided by public water systems. Linden Water System's water treatment processes are designed to reduce any such substances to levels well below any health concern. FDA regulations establish limtts for contaminants in bottled water which must provide the same protection for public health.

Do Need To Take Special Precautions?

Some people may be more vulnerable to contaminants in drinking water than

the general population. lmmunO-Olfl1PIOlllised persons such as persons with cancer undergoing qiemotherapy,·persons who have under-gone organ transplants, people with HIY/AIDS or other immune system disorders, some elderly, and infants can be particularly at risk from infections. These people should seek advice about not only their drinking water, but food preparation, personal hygiene, and precautions in handling infants and pets from their health care providers. EPA/CDC guidelines on approp(iate means to lessen the risk of

infection by Cryplosporidium and other microbiological contaminants are available from the Safe Drinking Water Hotline (800-426-4791).

Lead inDrinking Water

ttpresent, elevated levels of lead can cause serious health probiems, especially for pregnant women and young children. Lead in drinking water

is primarily from materials and components associated with service lines and home plumbing. Linden Water System 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. ff 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 HoUine or at htlp://www.epa.qovisafewater.':eacj

 

Water System Security

Following the events of September 2001, we realize that our customers are concerned about the security of their drinking water. We urge the public to report any suspicious activities at any utility facilities, including treatment plants, pumping stations, tanks, fire hydrants, etc. to 931-589-2820

 

Phannaceuticals In Drinking Water

Flushing unused or expired medicines can be harmful to your drinking water. Learn more about disposing of unused medicines at http://tdeconIine.tn.gov/rxtakeback/

Water Quality Data

 

What does this chart mean?

MCLG - Maximum Contaminanl Level Goal, or the level of acontaminant 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, or the highest level of acontaminant that is allowed in drinking water. MCLs are set as close to the MCLGs as feasible using thebest available treabnent technology. To understand the possible health effects described for many regulated constituents, a person would have to drink 2liters of water evety day at the MCL level for a l etime to have aone-in-a-million chaice of having the described health effect.

MRDL: Maximum Residual Disinfectant Level or MRDL: The highest level of a disinfectant allowed in drinking water. There is convincing evidence that addition of a disinfectant is necessary for the control of microbial contaminants.

MRDLG: Maximum residual disinfectait 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.

l\!, -Action Level, or the coocentration of acontaminant which, when exceeded, triggers treabnent or other requirements which a water system must follow. Below Detection Level{BOUlaboratory analysis indicates Iha! the contaminant is not present at a level that can be detected.

Non-Delects (ND-laboratory analysis indicates that the conlaminant is not present

Parts per million (ppm} or Milligrams per liter (mgn) - explained as a relation to time and money as one part per million comasponds lo one minute in two years

or a single penny in $10,000.

Parts per billion (ppbl or Micrograms per ttter-explained as a relation to time and money as one part per billion corresponds to one minute in 2,000 years, or a single penny in $10,000,000.

Nephelometric Turbidity Unft (NTU) - nephelometric turbidtty untt is a measure of the clarity of water. Turbidity in excess of 5 NTU is just noticeable to the average person.

RTCR- Revised Total Coliform Rule. This rule wentinto effect on April 1, 2016 and replaces the MCL for total coriform with a Treatment Technique Trigger for a system assessment

II - Treatment Technique, or a required process intended to reduce the level of acontaminant in drinking water.

AVG-Average ·-

 

Contaminant

Violation

Yes/No

Level

Detected

Range of

Detections

Date of S•mnle

Unit

MCLG

MCL

Likely Source of Contamination

Total Coliform

Bacteria (RTCR)

No

0

 

2021

Measurement ,,

.

0

TI

Trigger

Nanl!ally present in the

environment

Turbidity1

NO

0.2

 

2021

NTU

n/a

TT

Soil runoff

Copper'

NO

0.0794

 

2021

ppm

1.3

AL=I.3

Corrosion of household plumbing systems; erosion of natural deposits; teaching from wood nreservatives

Fluoride

NO

0.675

Avg.

0.6--0.8

2021

ppm

4

4

Erosion of natural deposits; water

additive which promotes strong

teeth; discharge from fertilizer and aluminum factories

Lead'

NO

ND

 

2021

ppb

0

AL=I5

Corrosion of household plumbing systems, erosion of natural

deoosits

Sodium

NO

6.01

 

2021

ppm

NIA

NIA

Erosion ofnatural deposits; used

in water treatment

TIHM

fTotal trihalomethanesl

NO

AVG 36.98

10.7-41.2

2021

ppb

n/a

80

By-product of drinking water

chlorination

Haloacetic Acids

(HAA5)

NO

AVG

28.03

7.08-39.9

2021

ppb

N/A

60

By-product of drinking water

disinfection.

Total Organic Carbon

NO

See

footnote

3

 

2021

ppm

TI

TI

Naturally present in the

environment.

Chlorine

NO

AVG 2.0

1.5-2.5

2021

ppm

MRDLG 4

MRDL 4

Water additive used to control microbes.

 

1J 00% of our samples were below the turbidity limit.

2During the most recent round of Lead and Copper testing. 0 out of20 households sampled contained concentrations exceeding the action level.

 

3We have met all treatment technique requirements for Total Organic Carbon removal.

 

4lm(!ortant Information About Your Drinking Water Monitoring R!l!)oireinents Not Met For Linden Water S'£_stem

 

Our water system violated a drinking water standard over the past year. Even though this is not an emergency, as our customers, you have a right to know what happened and what we did to correct these situations.

 

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 your drinking water meets health standards.

During the first quarter of 2022, we did not monitor for the contaminants listed in the following table, and therefore cannot be sure of the quality of your drinking water during that time.

 

What should I do?

There is nothing you need to do at this.time.

 

The table lists the contaminant we did not properly test for during this year, how often we are supposed to sample for the contaminants and bow many samples we are supposed to take, how many samples we took, when samples should have been taken, and the date on which follow-up samples were (or will be) taken. · -

Contaminant

 

Nitrate

Required sampling frequency

 

Once annuaUv

Number of samples taken

 

0

When all samples should have been taken

First quarter 2022

When samples were or will be taken

April 12, 2022

What happened? What is being done?

Due to an oversight no sample was analyzed for this contaminant during the first quarter of 2022. We sampled this contaminant in April 2022 and returned to compliance.

 

For more information, please contact Brian Moore at 931-589-2820 or 216 East Main Street, Linden, TN 37096.

 

Please share this information with all the other people who drink this water, especially those who may not have received this notice directly (for example, people in apartments, nursing homes, schools, and businesses). You can do this by posting this notice in a public place or distributing copies by hand or mail.

 

This notice is being provided to you by Linden Water System. State Water System ID# TN0000404.

Make your voice be heard!

Address.

Linden City Hall
216 E. Main St.
P.O. Box 26
Linden TN 37096.

Hours/Telephone.

Hours: 7:30 am to 4 pm
(931) 589-2736

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