Is my water safe?

We are pleased to present this year's Annual Water Quality Report (Consumer Confidence Report) as required by the Safe Drinking 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. In all material ways, Monuments Academy’s water meets all State and Federal drinking water quality standards. We take water quality samples when/as required, which includes taking one Bacteriological sample each month from our distribution system. We are committed to providing you with information because informed customers are our best allies.

 

Where does my water come from?

Your water comes from a deep underground well located on the property. Its quality meets all State and Federal drinking water quality standards. 

 

Source Water Assessment and Protection Plan and its availability.

Our system has developed a "Source Water Protection Plan". It is available for review by contacting our water system operator David Wise at 801-358-4825.

 

Why may there be contaminants in my drinking water?

The water that we provide to the Monuments Academy currently meets all State and Federal drinking water quality standards however, 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 (EPA) Safe Drinking Water Hotline (800-426-4791). 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:

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 herbicides, which may come from a variety of sources such as agriculture, urban stormwater 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 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 contaminants in bottled water which must provide the same protection for public health.

 

Do I need to take special precautions?

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/Centers for Disease Control (CDC) guidelines on appropriate means to lessen the risk of infection by Cryptosporidium and other microbial contaminants are available from the Safe Water Drinking Hotline (800-426-4791). 

How can I get involved?

If you have any questions about your water quality, the source, or its protection please contact our system operator David Wise at 801-358-4825.

 

Water Conservation Tips

Did you know that the average U.S. household uses approximately 400 gallons of water per day or 100 gallons per person per day? Luckily, there are many low-cost and no-cost ways to conserve water. Small changes can make a big difference - try one today and soon it will become second nature.

  • Take short showers - a 5 minute shower uses 4 to 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 seeps 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 www.epa.gov/watersense for more information.

Additional Information for Lead

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. Monuments Academy 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. 

 

Additional Information for Arsenic

While your drinking water meets EPA's standard 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. 

 

Monitoring and reporting of compliance data violations.

  1. Our system is required to take one bacteriological water sample each month. We missed taking our sample in October of 2019. We properly noticed this violation and have not missed a sample since then. 

 

  1. Our system has a "Not Approved" status mainly because we do not have a Certified Small System Operator. As of June 8, 2020 we now have a Certified Operator and are working with the State to now obtain our "Approved" status.

 

Significant Deficiencies

We are required to have a certified small water system operator. Our system operator is David Wise who obtained his required certification on June 8, 2020.

 

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Water Quality Data Table

In order to ensure that tap water is safe to drink, EPA prescribes regulations which limit the amount of contaminants in water provided by public water systems. The table below lists all of the drinking 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 protection of public health. A few naturally occurring minerals may actually 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 considered 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 familiar to you. To help you better understand these terms, we have provided the definitions below the table.

 

Contaminants MCLG

or

MRDLG MCL,

TT, or

MRDL Detect In

Your Water Range Sample

Date Violation Typical Source

Low High

Inorganic Contaminants

Antimony (ppb) 6 6 .9 NA NA 2018 No Discharge from petroleum refineries; fire retardants; ceramics; electronics; solder; test addition however, there are none of these types of potential hazards within any of the well head protection zones. All of the property associated with the identified protection zones are owned by the public water system (Monuments Academy). 

Arsenic (ppb) 0 10 .9 NA NA 2018 No Erosion of natural deposits; Runoff from orchards; Runoff from glass and electronics production wastes however, there are none of these types of potential hazards within any of the well head protection zones. All of the property associated with the identified protection zones are owned by the public water system (Monuments Academy).

Barium (ppm) 2 2 .162 NA NA 2018 No Discharge of drilling wastes; Discharge from metal refineries; Erosion of natural deposits however, there are none of these types of potential hazards within any of the well head protection zones. All of the property associated with the identified protection zones are owned by the public water system (Monuments Academy).

Beryllium (ppb) 4 4 .9 NA NA 2018 No Discharge from metal refineries and coal-burning factories; Discharge from electrical, aerospace, and defense industries however, there are none of these types of potential hazards within any of the well head protection zones. All of the property associated with the identified protection zones are owned by the public water system (Monuments Academy).

Cadmium (ppb) 5 5 .9 NA NA 2018 No Corrosion of galvanized pipes; Erosion of natural deposits; Discharge from metal refineries; runoff from waste batteries and paints however, there are none of these types of potential hazards within any of the well head protection zones. All of the property associated with the identified protection zones are owned by the public water system (Monuments Academy).

Chromium (ppb) 100 100 .9 NA NA 2018 No Discharge from steel and pulp mills; Erosion of natural deposits however, there are none of these types of potential hazards within any of the well head protection zones. All of the property associated with the identified protection zones are owned by the public water system (Monuments Academy).

Cyanide (ppb) 200 200 90 NA NA 2018 No Discharge from plastic and fertilizer factories; Discharge from steel/metal factories however, there are none of these types of potential hazards within any of the well head protection zones. All of the property associated with the identified protection zones are owned by the public water system (Monuments Academy).

Fluoride (ppm) 4 4 2.7 NA NA 2018 No Erosion of natural deposits; Water additive which promotes strong teeth; Discharge from fertilizer and aluminum factories however, we do not add Fluoride to our water nor do we have any factories nearby. 

Mercury [Inorganic] (ppb) 2 2 0 NA NA 2018 No Erosion of natural deposits; Discharge from refineries and factories; Runoff from landfills; Runoff from cropland however, there are none of these types of potential hazards within any of the well head protection zones. All of the property associated with the identified protection zones are owned by the public water system (Monuments Academy).

Nitrate [measured as Nitrogen] (ppm) 10 10 .24 NA NA 2019 No Runoff from fertilizer use; Leaching from septic tanks, sewage; Erosion of natural deposits however, there are no dwellings or septic systems within any of the well head protection zones. All of the property associated with the identified protection zones are owned by the public water system (Monuments Academy). 

Nitrite [measured as Nitrogen] (ppm) 1 1 .24 NA NA 2019 No Runoff from fertilizer use; Leaching from septic tanks, sewage; Erosion of natural deposits however, there are no dwellings or septic systems within any of the well head protection zones. All of the property associated with the identified protection zones are owned by the public water system (Monuments Academy). 

Selenium (ppb) 50 50 4.9 NA NA 2018 No Discharge from petroleum and metal refineries; Erosion of natural deposits; Discharge from mines however, there are none of these types of potential hazards within any of the well head protection zones. All of the property associated with the identified protection zones are owned by the public water system (Monuments Academy).

Sodium (optional) (ppm) NA 60.7 NA NA 2018 No Erosion of natural deposits; Leaching

Thallium (ppb) .5 2 .5 NA NA 2018 No Discharge from electronics, glass, and Leaching from ore-processing sites; drug factories

Radioactive Contaminants

Alpha emitters (pCi/L) 0 15 1.3 NA NA 2019 No Erosion of natural deposits

Beta/photon emitters (pCi/L) 0 50 5.4 NA NA 2019 No Decay of natural and man-made deposits. The EPA considers 50 pCi/L to be the level of concern for Beta particles.

Radium (combined 226/228) (pCi/L) 0 5 .49 NA NA 2019 No Erosion of natural deposits

Volatile Organic Contaminants

1,1,1-Trichloroethane (ppb) 200 200 0 NA NA 2019 No Discharge from metal degreasing sites and other factories however, there are no factories or this type of potential hazards within any of the well head protection zones. All of the property associated with the identified protection zones are owned by the public water system (Monuments Academy). 

1,1,2-Trichloroethane (ppb) 3 5 0 NA NA 2019 No Typically discharge from industrial chemical factories however, there are no factories or this type of potential hazards within any of the well head protection zones. All of the property associated with the identified protection zones are owned by the public water system (Monuments Academy). 

1,1-Dichloroethylene (ppb) 7 7 0 NA NA 2019 No

Contaminants MCLG AL Your

Water Sample

Date # Samples

Exceeding AL Exceeds AL Typical Source

Inorganic Contaminants

Copper - action level at consumer taps (ppm) 1.3 1.3 .06031 January to June 2018 0 No Corrosion of household plumbing systems.

Copper - action level at consumer taps (ppm) 1.3 1.3 .06031 July to December 2018 0 No Corrosion of household plumbing systems.

Lead - action level at consumer taps (ppb) 0 15 1 January to June 2020 0 No Corrosion of household plumbing systems.

Lead - action level at consumer taps (ppb) 0 15 1 July to December 2018 0 No Corrosion of household plumbing systems.

 

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Additional Contaminants

In an effort to insure the safest water possible the State has required us to monitor some contaminants not required by Federal regulations. Of those contaminants only the ones listed below were found in your water.

 

Contaminants State MCL Your Water Violation Explanation and Comment

Nickel .49 ug/L No

Sulfate 28.4 mg/L No

Total Dissolved Solids 320 mg/L No

pH 7.67 SU No

 

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Unit Descriptions

Term Definition

ppm ppm: parts per million, or milligrams per liter (mg/L)

ppb ppb: parts per billion, or micrograms per liter (µg/L)

pCi/L pCi/L: picocuries per liter (a measure of radioactivity)

NA NA: not applicable

ND ND: Not detected

NR NR: Monitoring not required, but recommended.

 

Important Drinking Water Definitions

Term Definition

MCLG MCLG: Maximum Contaminant Level Goal: 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.

MCL MCL: Maximum Contaminant Level: 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.

TT TT: Treatment Technique: A required process intended to reduce the level of a contaminant in drinking water.

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

Variances and Exemptions Variances and Exemptions: State or EPA permission not to meet an MCL or a treatment technique under certain conditions.

MRDLG MRDLG: Maximum residual disinfection 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.

MRDL MRDL: Maximum residual disinfectant level. 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.

MNR MNR: Monitored Not Regulated

MPL MPL: State Assigned Maximum Permissible Level

 

For more information or to receive a printed copy of this report (including the table) please contact:

Contact Name: David Wise

Address: 815 W. 200 S., STE 2

Parowan, UT 84761

Phone: 801-358-4825

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