Village of Martin
Annual Water Quality Report
2012 Posted June 2013
This is information about the
2012 Consumer Confidence Report
Village of Martin - W.S.S.N. #4155
We're pleased to provide you with this year's Annual Water Quality Report. We want
to keep you informed about the excellent water and services we deliver to you every
day. Our constant goal is to provide you with a safe and dependable supply of drinking
water. We want you to understand the efforts we make to continually improve the water
treatment process and to protect our water resources. We believe that the best way to
assure you that your drinking water is safe and reliable is to provide you with accurate
facts. This Consumer Confidence Report will explain where your water comes from and
the treatment process.
WHAT DOES THIS REPORT MEAN?
Two wells draw ground water from the aquifer underlying the Village. As the water is
pumped from the ground and into the distribution system, chlorine is added as a
disinfectant to destroy pathogenic organisms that could be harmful to your health. Our
operators collect and test water samples from the system each day. These tests ensure
that the proper chlorine level is maintained and that the water remains free of unwanted
contaminants. The Village is building a wellhead protection program to protect the
drinking water sources available to the community.
The Village has two wells located northwest of the Village. Our water storage tank is
located in center of the Village. The state performed source water assessments in 2003
using a six-tiered scale from 'very low' to 'high'. They determined that the susceptibility
of our wells is low. For more information on the source water assessment report and its
availability, please contact Don Flower at 672-7777 or Dan Neeson at 269-838-4483.
We're proud that your drinking water quality meets or exceeds all Federal and
State requirements. We constantly monitor for various constituents in the water supply
to meet all regulatory requirements.
All 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. We know through our monitoring
and testing that some constituents have been detected. However, the EPA has
determined that your water is safe at these levels.
MCLs are set at very stringent levels. To understand the possible health effects
described for many regulated constituents, a person would have to drink 2 liters of water
every day at the MCL level for a lifetime to have a one-in-a-million chance of having the
described health effect.
The 2013 CCR will not be mailed. It is posted in various village locations and a copy
can be picked up at the Village office.
Some people may be more vulnerable to contaminants in drinking water than the
general population. Immuno-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).
Thank you for allowing us to provide your family with clean, quality water. In order
to maintain a safe and dependable water supply, we sometimes need to make
improvements in our water system that will benefit all of our customers. These
improvements may be reflected as rate structure adjustments. Thank you for
understanding. We work around the clock to provide top quality water to every tap.
We ask that all of our customers help us protect our water sources, which are the
heart of our community, our way of life and our children's future. Please report if you
see any questionable activity at or near the well house or anywhere that may impact our
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
of from human activity. Contaminants that may be present in source water include:
¢ Microbial contaminants, such as viruses and bacteria, which may come from sewage
treatment plants, septic systems, agricultural livestock operation and wildlife.
¢ 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.
¢ 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 occur naturally or be the result of oil and gas
production and mining activities. People who drink water containing radium 226 or 228 in
excess of the MCL over many years may have an increased risk of getting cancer.
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 systems.
Food and Drug Administration regulations establish limits for contaminants in bottled
water, which provide the same protection for the public.
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