2022 WATER QUALITY REPORT
Coastal Well Company operates our water system under a state permit regulated by the Environmental Protection Agency. The EPD analyzes monthly water samples to detect bacteria that could be present as well as various other laboratory tests for more than 80 drinking water contaminants. This report is a Consumer Confidence Report mandated by the federal government in order to educate you, the consumer. Included in this report is information about where your water comes from, what it contains, and how it compares to standards set by regulatory agencies. Your water company is committed to providing your community with clean, safe, and reliable drinking water. For more information about your water or this report please call your owner.
Your water comes from a privately owned groundwater well approximately 550 feet deep. This water source is commonly called the Upper Floridian Aquifer and provides ample volumes of groundwater for your community. The well is located within your subdivision and serves solely those residences in your subdivision. This property is protected from activities which could potentially cause contamination of this water source. We perform treatment at the well such as chlorine disinfections. Your community has undergone a source water assessment which provides more information about your water source. You may obtain a copy of that report from the owner of your water system. Public opinion and participation matters and you are encouraged to call upon the owners and operators of your water system if you have questions or concerns. For more information about getting involved call Andy Hitt at 912-667-8899.
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 at 1-800-426-4791 or go online to the D/W Website; www.epa.gov/safewater.
Some people may be more vulnerable to contaminants in drinking water than the general population. Immune-compromised persons such as persons with cancer undergoing chemotherapy, persons who have undergone organ transplants, people with HIV/AIDS or other immune 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 risks of infection by Cryptosporidium and other microbial contaminants are available from the Safe Drinking Water Hotline.
The sources of drinking water both tap 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 before we treat it 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 storm 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 can 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.
To ensure that tap water is safe to drink, the Environmental Protection Agency 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 must provide the same protection for public health.
Nitrates 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.
While your drinking water meets EPA’s standards for arsenic, it does contain low levels of arsenic. 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.
Inadequately treated water may contain disease-causing organisms, these organisms include bacteria, viruses and parasites which can cause symptoms such as nausea, cramps, diarrhea and associated headaches.
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. Your 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. 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 http://www.epa.gov/safewater/lead.
Some people who drink water containing dichloromethane in excess of the MCL over many years may experience problems with their kidneys, liver or central nervous system and may have an increased risk of getting cancer.
Bottled water is generally processed from surface water and generally is susceptible to greater contamination or pollution that cannot be removed through the Reverse Osmosis process that is generally used in its production.
WATER QUALITY DATA
The table attached lists all the drinking water contaminants that we detected for reporting during the 2022 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, 2022 thru December 31, 2022. EPD requires 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. Some of the data, though representative of the water quality, is more than one year old.
Definition of Terms and Abbreviations Used in Report
- Maximum Contaminant Level (MCL); The highest level of 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 level of a = contaminant in drinking water below which is no known or expected risks to health. MCLGs allow for a margin of safety.
- Action Level (AL); The concentration of a contaminant which, when exceeded, triggers treatment or other requirements which a water system must follow.
- n/a; not applicable
- N/D; not detectable at testing limit
- PPM; parts per million or milligrams per liter
- PPB; parts per billion or micrograms per litter
-pCi/l; picocuries per liter (a measure of radiation)
- Treatment Technique (TT); A required process intended to reduce the level of a contaminant in drinking water.
- 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 microbiological contaminants.
- Maximum Residual Disinfectant Level Goal (MRDLG); The level of a drinking water disinfectant below which there is no known risk of health. MRDLGs do not reflect the benefits of the use of disinfectants to control microbial contaminants.
Chlorine residuals tested 0.2 – 1.0 ppm. Avg. 1.0 ppm
YOUR SOURCE WATER ASSESSMENT WAS COMPLETED & THE SUSCEPTIBILITY LEVEL OF THE WELL IS MEDIUM. A COPY OF THE REPORT CAN BE OBTAINED THRU YOUR WATER SUPPLIER.
NO RESULTS INDICATES NO DETECTED AMOUNT.
WATER QUALITY REPORT 2021
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