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HIDALGO COUNTY HERALD FRIDAY, AUGUST 15, 2014 9 City of Lordsburg 2013 Consumer Confidence Report Water Quality Data Table Spanish (Espanoi) Este informe contiene informacion muy imortante sobre la calidad de su agua potable• Por favor lea este informe o comuniquese con alguien que pueda traducer la informacion. Is my water safe? We are pleased to present this year&apos;s Annual Water Quality Report (Consumer Confidence Report) as required by the Safe Drink- ing Water Act (SDWA). This report is designed to provide details about where your water comes from, what it contains, and how it compares to standards set by regulatory agencies• This report is a snapshot of last year's water quality• We are committed to provid- Ing you with information because informed customers are our best allies• Do I need to take special precautions? Some people may be more vulnerable to contaminants in drink- ing water than the general population• Immuno-compromised per- sons such as persons with cancer undergoing chemotherapy, per- sons who have undergone organ transplants, people with HIV/AIDS or other immune system disorders, some elderly, and infants can be particularly at risk from infections• These people should seek ad- vice about drinking water form their health care providers• EPA/ Centers for Disease Control (CDC) guidelines on appropriate means to lessen the risk of infection by Cryptosporidium and other micro- bial contaminants are available from the Safe Water Drinking Hotline (800-426-4791)• Where does my water come from? The City of Lordsburg is supplied by three ground water wells northeast of the city in the Lordsburg Ground water basin• Source water assessment and its availability We are pleased to present this year's Annual Water Quality Report (Consumer Confidence Report) as required by the Safe Drink- ing Water Act (SDWA). This report is designed to provide details about where your water comes from, what it contains, and how it compares to standards set by regulatory agencies• This report is a snapshot of last year's water quality• We are committed to provid- ing. you with information because informed customers are our best allies• Why are there contaminants in my drinking 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 Envi- ronmental Protection Agency's (EPA) Safe Drinking Water Hotline (800-426-47.91). The sources of drinking water (both tap water and bottled wa- ter)'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: microbial contaminants, such as viruses and bacteria, that 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 herbi- cides, wh.ich may come from a variety of sources such as agricul- ture, Urban stormwater runoff, and residential uses; organic Chemi- cal Contaminants, including synthetic and volatile organic chemi- cals, which are by-products of industrial processes and petroleum production, and can also come from gas stations, urban stormwater runoff, and septic systems; and 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 prescribes regulations that limit the amount of certain contaminants in water provided by public water systems• Food and Drug Administration (FDA) regulations establish limits for con- taminants in bottled water which must provide the same protection for public health• How can I get involved? Participate in water conservation. You can also become in- volved by attending City Council Meetings when water issues will be addressed. Meetings are held the second Thursday of each month at Lordsburg City Hall, 409 W. Wabash Street. Meeting times vary, but will be published in the newspaper• For questions about these meetings you may contact City Hall at 575-542-3421. Our records are open to the public and you may view them and pose any ques- tions you may have during regular business hours• Description of Water Treatment Process Your water is treated by adsorption, accomplished by passing ' the water through a substance, such as activated carbon or alumina, to the water supply. Adsorbents attract contaminants by chemical and physical processes that cause them to "stick" to their surfaces for later disposal. Water Conservation Tips Did you know that the average U.S. household uses approxi- mately 400 gallons of water per dayor 100 gallons per person per day? Luckily, there are many low-cost and no-cost ways to con- serve water. Small changes can make a big difference--try one to- day and soon it will be second nature. • Take short showers--a 5 minute shower uses 4-5 gallons of water, compared to up to 50 gallons for a bath. • Shut off water while brushing your teeth, washing your hair and shaving and save up to 500 gallons a month. • Use a water-efficient showerhead. They're inexpensive, easy to install and can save you up to 750 gallons a month• • Run your clothes washer and dishwasher only when they are full. You can save up to 1,000 gallons a month• • Water plants only when necessary. • Fix leaky toilets and faucets• Faucet washers are inexpensive and take only a few minutes to replace• To check your toilet for a leak, place a few drops of food coloring in the tank and wait. If it geeps into the toilet bowl without flushing, you have a leak. Fixing it or replacing it with a new, more efficient model can save up to 1,000 gallons a month. • Adjust sprinklers so only your lawn is watered• Apply water only as fast as the soil can absorb it and during the cooler parts of the day to reduce evaporation• Teach your kids about water conservation to ensure a future generation that uses water wisely. Make it a family effort to reduce next month's water bill! • Visit for more information. Cross Connection Control Survey The purpose of this survey is to determine whether a cross-con- nection may exist at your home or business• A cross connection is an unprotected or improper connection to a public water distribution system that may cause contamination or pollution to enter the sys- tem. We are responsible for enforcing cross-connection control regu- lations and insuring that no contaminants can, under any flow condi- tions, enter the distribution system• If you have any of the devices listed below please contact us so that we can discuss the issue, and if needed, survey your connection and assist you in isolating it if that is necessary• • Boiler/Radiant heater (water heaters not included • Underground lawn sprinkler system • Pool or hot tub (whirlpool tubs not included) • Additional source(s) of water on the property • Decorative pond • Watering trough Source Water Protection Tips Protection of drinking water is everyone's responsibility. You can ehlp protect your community's drinking water source in several ways: • Eliminate excess use of lawn and garden fertilizers and pesti- cides they contain hazardous chemicals that can reach your drink- ing water source. • Pick up after your pets. • If you have yor own septic system, properly maintain your sys- tem to reduce leaching to water sources or consider connecting to a public water system• • Dispose of chemicals properly; take used motor oil to a recy- cling center. • Volunteer in your community. Find a watershed or wellhead protection organization in your community and volunteer to help. If there are no active groups, consider starting one. Use EPA's Adopt Your Watershed to locate groups in your community, or visit the Wa- tershed Information Network's How to Start a Watershed Team. • Organize a storm drain stenciling project with your local gov- ernment or water supplier• Stencil a message next to the street drain reminding people "Dump No Waste--Drains to River" or "Protect Your Water." Produce and distribute a flyer for households to remind residents that storm drains dump directly into your local water body. STATUS OF WATER IN NEW MEXICO AND CALL FOR CON- SERVATION Water is New Mexico's most precious and natural resource. New Mexico has experienced several consecutive years of drought and meteorologists predict that it will continue. Water conservation is especially important during times of drought• Additionally, and argu- ably more critical, most aquifers in the state are being depleted• De- creasing water levels in aquifers and surface sources can increase the concentration of minerals and contaminants in the drinking water supply• We at the Lordsburg Water Supply System are committed to pro- viding a safe and consistent supply of water and we ask for your help. There are a lot of simple ways to reduce the amount of water used both inside and outside the home. Please conserve water whenever pos- sible by taking the following steps: 1. Know your water supply provider and follow existing water restrictions• 2. Stop leaks. Toilets are the largest water user inside the home. Over time, toilet flappers can decay or minerals can build up on it. It's usually best to replace the whole rubber flapper--a relatively easy, inexpensive do-it-yourself project that pays for itself quickly• You can get instructions for testing for leaks with dye tabs for free (with free tabs) from the Office of the State Engineer's District Offices or call 1-800-WATERNM. 3. Check outloor fixtures (swamp coolers, irrigation systems, etc) for leaks and repair any leaks. 4. Consider turning the swamp cooler off when away from home. 5. Minimize evaporation by watering during the early morning hours, when temperatures are cooler and winds are lighter• Make sure irrigation systems are working properly (and you are not watering the house, sidewalk or street) and use only the minimum amount of water needed by plants• 6. Run water only when using it. Turn water off while brushing teeth, shaving, and/or washing counters• 7. Wash only full loads of laundry• Install a water efficient clothes washer (and save 16 gallons per load)• 8. Take 5 minute showers. 9. Flush toilets only when necessary. 10. When upgrading or replacing household fixtures, install low-flow toilets, showerheads, washing machines, and faucets• Monitoring and reporting of compliance data violations Our system failed to provide to you our drinking water customers an annual report that informs you about the quality of our drinking water and characterizes the risk from exposure to contaminants de-' tected in our drinking water by the deadline established by the State• We will be more diligent about meeting deadlines for providing you with these reports in the future• Significant Deficiencies A Sanitary Survey Inspection was completed by the State on November 1, 2012. The State cited a significant deficiency for an improperly sealed storage tank. To date, the deficiency has not been corrected• The City of Lordsburg is currently attempting to make arrange- ments to have the tank repaired• We anticipate having this corrected within the next 3 months• Additional Information for Lead If present, elevated levels of lead can cause serious health prob- lems, especially for pregnant women and young children• Lead in drinking water is primarily from materials and components associ- ated with service lines and home plumbing• Lordsburg Water Supply System is responsible for providing high quality drinking water, but cannot control the variety of materials used in plumbing compo- nents. 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 meth- ods, and steps you can take to minimize exposure is available from the Safe Drinking Water Hotline or at lead. In order to ensure that tap water is safe to drink, EPA prescribes regulations which limit the amount of contaminants in water pro- vided by public water systems• The table below lists all of the drink- ing water contaminants that we detected during the calendar year of this report• Although many more contaminants were tested, only those substances listed below were found in your water• All sources of drinking water contain some naturally occurring contaminants. At low levels, these substances are generally not harmful in "our drinking water• Removing all contaminants would be extremely expensive, and in most cases, would not provide increased protec- tion of public health. A few naturally occurring minerals may actu- ally improve the taste of drinking water and have nutritional value at low levels. Unless otherwise noted, the data presented in this table is from testing done in the calendar year of the report. The EPA or the State requires us to monitor for certain contaminants less than once per year because the concentrations of these contaminants do not vary significantly from year to year, or the system is not consid- ered vulnerable to this type of contamination. As such, some of our data, though representative, may be more than one year old. In this table you will find terms and abbreviations that might not be famil- iar to you. To help you better understand these terms, we have provided the definitions below the table. m Z 4 60 4 lO i 2 i i L I I 5o 1 I 5O E 5 0.1 r I .15 0.6 [ aa 16 [ : i I t.3 I 0,62 t i s t 0.62 Violations and Exceedances Fluroide .++ ......... . 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Mottling, also known as dentaF fluorosis, may include brown staining and/or pitting of teeth, and occurs only in developing teeth before they erupt from the gums. The amount of fluoride found in our drinking water was above its standard (maximum contaminant level)for the first, second, and third quarters of 2013 due to equipment breakdown at the water treat- ment plant. We are currently working on our treatment plant to reduce fluoride concentrations. 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