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2018 Annual Drinking Water Quality Report

PWS ID 660-0990

 

Lake Panasoffkee Water Association (LPWA) is very pleased to provide you with this year's Annual Water Quality Report. We want to keep you informed about the quality of your drinking water and services LPWA has delivered to you over the past year.  Our goal is and always has been, to provide to you a dependable supply of drinking water. Our water source is ground water from three wells. The wells draw from the Floridian Aquifer and are chlorinated for disinfection purposes. LPWA holds its monthly board meeting on the 3rd Wed. of each month at 7:00 P.M. in the Lake Panasoffkee Recreation Center.  If you would like to participate in the monthly meeting, you may contact the LPWA office at 352-793-4236 to be placed on the agenda.

 

In 2018 the Department of Environmental Protection performed a Source Water Assessment on our system.  The assessment was conducted to provide information about any potential sources of contamination in the vicinity of our wells.  The result of the assessment indicated no potential sources of contaminants.  The assessment results are available on the FDEP Source Water Assessment and Protection Program website at www.dep.state.fl.us/swapp or they can be obtained from LPWA’s office during normal business hours.

 

This report shows our water quality results and what they mean.

 

If you have any questions about this report or concerning your water utility, please contact David Springstead at 352-793-4236. We encourage our valued customers to be informed about their water utility. If you want to learn more, please contact our office during normal business hours (M-F 9am –4pm) or visit our web site at www.lakepanwater.com.  

 

Lake Panasoffkee Water Association routinely monitors for contaminants in your drinking water according to Federal and State laws, rules, and regulations.  Except where indicated otherwise, this report is based on the results of our monitoring for the period of January 1 to December 31, 2018.

 

In the tables below, you may find unfamiliar terms and abbreviations.  To help you better understand these terms we've provided the following definitions:

 

Initial Distribution System Evaluation (IDSE): An important part of the Stage 2 Disinfection Byproducts Rule (DBPR).  The IDSE is a one-time study conducted by water systems to identify distribution system locations with high concentrations of Trihalomethanes (THMs) and Haloacetic acids (HAAs).  Water systems will use results from the IDSE, in conjunction with their Stage 1 DBPR compliance monitoring data, to select compliance monitoring locations for the Stage 2 DBPR.

 

Maximum Contaminant Level (MCL):  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 level of a contaminant in drinking water below which there is no known or expected risk to health.  MCLGs allow for a margin of safety.

 

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 control of microbial contaminants.

 

Maximum residual disinfectant level goal or MRDLG:  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.

 

Action Level (AL):  The concentration of a contaminant that, if exceeded, triggers treatment or other requirements that a water system must follow.

 

Picocurie per liter (pCi/L):  Measure of the radioactivity in water.

 

Parts per million (ppm) or Milligrams per liter (mg/l):  One part by weight of analyte to 1 million parts by weight of the water sample.

 

Parts per billion (ppb) or Micrograms per liter (µg/l):  One part by weight of analyte to 1 billion parts by weight of the water sample.

 

“ND” means not detected and indicates that the substance was not found by laboratory analysis.


 

 

 

Radioactive Contaminants

Contaminant and Unit of Measurement

Dates of sampling (mo/yr)

MCL Violation Y/N

Level Detected

Range of Results

MCLG

MCL

Likely Source of Contamination

6. Alpha emitters (pCi/L)

2/18

N

3.3

2.2-3.3

0

15

Erosion of natural deposits

7. Radium 226 + 228 or combined radium (pCi/L)

2/18

N

2.2

1.9-2.2

0

5

Erosion of natural deposits

 

Inorganic Contaminants

Contaminant and Unit of Measurement

Dates of sampling (mo/yr)

MCL Violation Y/N

Level Detected

Range of Results

MCLG

MCL

Likely Source of Contamination

12. Barium (ppm)

2/17

N

0.0072

0.0057-0.0072

2

2

Discharge of drilling wastes; discharge from metal refineries; erosion of natural deposits

21. Nitrate (as Nitrogen) (ppm)

7/18

N

2.18

1.24-2.18

10

10

Runoff from fertilizer use; leaching from septic tanks, sewage; erosion of natural deposits

24.  Sodium (ppm)

2/17

N

7.51

6.98-7.51

N/A

160

Salt water intrusion, leaching from soil

 

 

Stage 2 Disinfectants and Disinfection By-Products

Contaminant and Unit of Measurement

Dates of sampling (mo/yr)

MCL Violation (Y/N)

Level Detected

Range of Results

MCLGor MRDLG

MCL or MRDL

Likely Source of Contamination

Chlorine (ppm)

1/18 – 12/18

N

0.82

0.62 – 0.82

MRDLG=4

MRDL=4

Water Additive Used to control Microbes

83. Haloacetic Acids (HAA5) (ppb)

8/18

N

18.9

18.9

N/A

MCL=60

By-product of drinking water disinfection

84. Total Trihalomethanes (TTHM) (ppb)

8/18

N

2.88

2.88

N/A

MCL=80

By-product of drinking water disinfection

 

Lead and Copper (Tap Water)

Contaminant and Unit of Measurement

Dates of sampling (mo/yr)

AL Exceeded

(Y/N)

90th Percentile Result

No. of sampling sites exceeding the AL

MCLG

AL (Action Level)

Likely Source of Contamination

85. Copper (tap water) (ppm)

6/18

N

0.406

0

1.3

1.3

Corrosion of household plumbing systems; erosion of natural deposits; leaching from wood preservatives

86. Lead (tap water) (ppb)

6/18

N

1.9

0

15

15

Corrosion of household plumbing systems; erosion of natural deposits

 


 

 

 

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.  Lake Panasoffkee Water Association 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.

 

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 include:

 

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

(B)           Inorganic contaminants, such as salts and metals, which can be naturally-occurring or result from urban storm water runoff, industrial or domestic wastewater discharges, oil and gas production, mining, or farming.

(C)           Pesticides and herbicides, which may come from a variety of sources such as agriculture, urban storm water runoff, and residential uses.

(D)          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.

(E)           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, the EPA prescribes regulations, which limit the amount of certain contaminants in water provided by public water systems.  The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) regulations establish limits for contaminants in bottled water, which must provide the same protection for public health.

 

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 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 1-800-426-4791.

 

Due to administrative oversight during a busy part of the year, our office failed to timely submit a Certificate of Delivery report required under the Safe Drinking Water Act. This violation has no impact on the quality of the water our customers received, and it posed no risk to public health. We have established a report tracking file to ensure that all reporting requirements are met in the future.

Due to scheduling sample collection during a busy part of the year, our office failed to collect 17 lead and copper samples during the period required under the Safe Drinking Water Act.  The sampling occurred 2 days beyond the designated sample collection period.  This violation has no impact on the quality of the water our customers received, and it posed no risk to public health. We have established a revised sampling schedule to ensure that all sampling deadline requirements are met in the future.

We at Lake Panasoffkee Water Association would like you to understand the efforts we make to continually improve the water treatment process and protect our water resources.  We are committed to insuring the quality of your water.  If you have any questions or concerns about the information provided, please feel free to call any of the numbers listed.

 

Thank you for allowing LPWA to continue providing your family with clean, quality water this year.

Text Box: 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 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 Cryptosporidium and other microbiological contaminants are available from the Safe Drinking Water Hotline (800-426-4791).