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Barksdale 2016 Water Report

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BARKSDALE AFB WATER SYSTEM

Public Water Supply ID: LA1015022

 

Consumer Confidence Report

The Water We Drink

 

BARKSDALE AFB WATER SYSTEM

Public Water Supply ID: LA1015022

 

We are pleased to present to you the Annual Water Quality Report for the year 2016. This report is designed to inform you about the quality of your water and services we deliver to you every day (Este informe contiene información muy importante sobre su agua potable. Tradúzcalo o hable con alguien que lo entienda bien). 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 protect our water resources. We are committed to ensuring the quality of your water.

 

Our water system purchases water as listed below:

 

Buyer Name

Seller Name

BARKSDALE AFB WATER SYSTEM

SHREVEPORT WATER SYSTEM

 

Barksdale AFB purchases water from the Shreveport Water System (LA1017031).  Shreveport gets their water from the Cross Lake Watershed (area which is drained by streams flowing to the lake) which consists of about 260 square miles of land, roughly 2/3 of which is located in Caddo Parish and 1/3 of which is located in Harrison County, Texas.

Most of the watershed is undeveloped timberland, but a significant portion is urban or suburban land, within the city limits.  During dry periods, Cross Lake is supplemented with water pumped from Twelve Mile Bayou. Barksdale AFB has a connection to the Bossier City Water System (LA1015004) for a backup supply of water in case the Shreveport System is undergoing maintenance or emergency situations.

 

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 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:

 

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 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.

Radioactive Contaminants which can be naturally-occurring or be the result of oil and gas production and mining activities.

 

A Source Water Assessment Plan (SWAP) is now available from our office. This plan is an assessment of a delineated area around our listed sources through which contaminants, if present, could migrate and reach our source water.  It also includes an inventory of potential sources of contamination within the delineated area, and a determination


of the water supply's susceptibility to contamination by the identified potential sources. According to the Source Water Assessment Plan, our water system had a susceptibility rating of 'LOW'.  If you would like to review the Source Water Assessment Plan, please feel free to contact our office.

 

In order to ensure that tap water is safe to drink, EPA 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. We want our valued customers to be informed about their water utility. If you have any questions about this report, want to attend any scheduled meetings, or simply want to learn more about your drinking water, please contact ROBERT M. COTE at 318-456-3522.

 

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. BARKSDALE AFB 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.

 

The Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals - Office of Public Health routinely monitors for constituents in your drinking water according to Federal and State laws. The tables that follow show the results of our monitoring during the period of January 1st to December 31st, 2016. 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.

 

In the tables below, you will find many terms and abbreviations you might not be familiar with. To help you better understand these terms, we’ve provided the following definitions:

 

Parts per million (ppm) or Milligrams per liter (mg/L) one part per million corresponds to one minute in two years or a single penny in $10,000.   Parts per billion (ppb) or Micrograms per liter (ug/L) one part per billion corresponds to one minute in 2,000 years, or a single penny in $10,000,000. Picocuries per liter (pCi/L) picocuries per liter is a measure of the radioactivity in water.

Nephelometric Turbidity Unit (NTU) nephelometric turbidity unit is a measure of the clarity of water. Turbidity in excess of 5 NTU is just noticeable to the average person.

Treatment Technique (TT) an enforceable procedure or level of technological performance which public water systems must follow to ensure control of a contaminant.

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

 

Secondary Maximum contaminant Level (SMCL)- The secondary maximum contaminant levels are guidelines, not enforceable limits. They identify acceptable concentrations of contaminants which cause unpleasant taste, odors, or colors in the water. SMCLs are for contaminants that will not cause adverse health effects.

Maximum contaminant level (MCL) the “Maximum Allowed” MCL is the highest level of a contaminant that is allowed in drinking water.  MCL’s are set as close to the MCLG’s as feasible using the best available treatment technology.

Maximum contaminant level goal (MCLG) the “Goal” is the level of a contaminant in drinking water below which there is no known or expected risk to human health. MCLG’s allow for a margin of safety.

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 microbial contaminants.

Maximum residual disinfectant level goal (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.

 

Level 1 assessment A study of the water system to identify potential problems and determine (if possible) why total coliform bacteria have been found in our water system.

 

Level 2 Assessment A very detailed study of the water system to identify potential problems and determine (if possible) why an E. coli MCL violation has occurred and/or why total coliform bacteria have been found in our water system on multiple occasions.


 

 

During the period covered by this report we had the below noted violations of drinking water regulations.

 

Regulated Contaminants

Collection Date

Water System

Highest Value

Range

Unit

MCL

MCLG

Typical Source

CHLORITE

4/12/2016

SHREVEPORT WATER SYSTEM

1.21***

0.081-

1.24

ppm

1.0+++

0.8

Byproduct of drinking water disinfection

+++ Compliance is based on a monthly average; if resamples are triggered, compliance is based on highest average of any 3 sample set taken in a given month

*** Highest average of each 3 sample set taken in a given month

 

Our water system tested a minimum of 15 samples per month in accordance with the Total Coliform Rule for microbiological contaminants. During the monitoring period covered by this report, we had the following noted detections for microbiological contaminants:

 

Microbiological

Result

MCL

MCLG

Typical Source

COLIFORM (TCR)

In the month of September, 2 sample(s) returned as positive

MCL: Systems that Collect Less Than 40 Samples per Month - No more than 1 positive monthly sample

0

Naturally present in the environment

 

In the tables below, we have shown the regulated contaminants that were detected. Chemical Sampling of our drinking water may not be required on an annual basis; therefore, information provided in this table refers back to the latest year of chemical sampling results.

 

Regulated Contaminants

Collection Date

Water System

Highest Value

Range

Unit

MCL

MCLG

Typical Source

BARIUM

4/12/2016

SHREVEPORT WATER SYSTEM

0.041

0.041

ppm

2

2

Discharge of drilling wastes; Discharge from metal refineries; Erosion of natural deposits

 

FLUORIDE

 

4/12/2016

SHREVEPORT WATER SYSTEM

 

0.95

 

0.95

 

ppm

 

4

 

4

Erosion of natural deposits; Water additive which promotes strong teeth; Discharge from fertilizer and aluminum factories

TURBIDITY

4/12/2016

SHREVEPORT WATER SYSTEM

0.51

97%

ntu

N/A

 

Natural Lake sediments

NITRATE- NITRITE

 

4/12/2016

SHREVEPORT WATER SYSTEM

 

0.067

 

0.067

 

ppm

 

10

 

10

Runoff from fertilizer use; Leaching from septic tanks, sewage; Erosion of natural deposits

CHLORITE

4/12/2016

SHREVEPORT WATER SYSTEM

1.21***

0.081-

1.24

ppm

1.0+++

0.8

Byproduct of drinking water disinfection

 

Radionuclides

Collection Date

Highest Value

Range

Unit

MCL

MCLG

Typical Source

No Detected Results were Found in the Calendar Year of 2016

 

Lead and Copper

Date

90TH

Percentile

Range

Unit

AL

Sites Over AL

Typical Source

LEAD

2013 - 2015

2

1 - 5

ppb

15

0

Corrosion of household plumbing systems; Erosion of natural deposits

 

Secondary Contaminants

Collection Date

Water System

Highest Value

Range

Unit

SMCL

ALUMINUM

3/23/2015

SHREVEPORT WATER SYSTEM

0.77

0.77

MG/L

0.05

CHLORIDE

4/12/2016

SHREVEPORT WATER SYSTEM

9.2

9.2

MG/L

250

MANGANESE

4/12/2016

SHREVEPORT WATER SYSTEM

0.006

0.006

MG/L

0.05

PH

4/12/2016

SHREVEPORT WATER SYSTEM

9.5

9.5

SU

8.5

SULFATE

4/12/2016

SHREVEPORT WATER SYSTEM

27.9

27.9

MG/L

250

 

Disinfection Byproducts

Sample Point

Period

Highest LRAA

Range

Unit

MCL

MCLG

Typical Source

TOTAL HALOACETIC ACIDS (HAA5)

CHILD DEVELOPMENT CENTER

2016

29

6.76 - 39.8

ppb

60

0

By-product of drinking water disinfection

TOTAL HALOACETIC ACIDS (HAA5)

FUELS

2016

31

7.02 - 36.2

ppb

60

0

By-product of drinking water disinfection

TOTAL HALOACETIC ACIDS (HAA5)

HANGER ONE

2016

29

6.59 - 36.2

ppb

60

0

By-product of drinking water disinfection

TOTAL HALOACETIC ACIDS (HAA5)

OFF LOAD FACILITY

2016

30

0 - 39.4

ppb

60

0

By-product of drinking water disinfection


 

TRIHALOMETHANES (TTHM)

CHILD DEVELOPMENT CENTER

2016

55

20.1 - 64.4

ppb

80

0

By-product of drinking water chlorination

TRIHALOMETHANES (TTHM)

FUELS

2016

56

20.9 - 67.6

ppb

80

0

By-product of drinking water chlorination

TRIHALOMETHANES (TTHM)

HANGER ONE

2016

54

19 -

64.8

ppb

80

0

By-product of drinking water chlorination

 

 

TRIHALOMETHANES (TTHM)

 

 

OFF LOAD FACILITY

 

 

2016

 

 

55

 

 

15.4 - 63.4

 

 

ppb

 

 

80

 

 

0

 

 

By-product of drinking water chlorination

Disinfectant

 

Date

Result

Range

Unit

MRDL

MRDLG

Typical Source

CHLORAMINES

 

2016

2.14

0.16-

3.49

ppm

4

4

Water additive used to control microbes

 

 

 

+++++++++++++++Environmental Protection Agency Required Health Effects Language+++++++++++++++ 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 microbial contaminants are available from the Safe Drinking Water Hotline (800–426–4791).

 

Additional Required Health Effects Language:

 

Coliforms are bacteria that are naturally present in the environment and are used as an indicator that other, potentially- harmful, bacteria may be present. Coliforms were found in more samples than allowed and this was a warning of potential problems.

 

Turbidity is a measure of the clarity of water. We monitor it because it is a good indicator of the effectiveness of our filtration system. The lowest monthly percentage of samples meeting the turbidity levels specified in 40 CFR 141.73 for the conventional filtration technology being used.

 

There are no additional required health effects violation notices.

 

We found coliforms indicating the need to look for potential problems in water treatment or distribution. When this occurs, we are required to conduct assessment(s) to identify problems and to correct any problems that were found during these assessments.

 

During the past year we were required to conduct one Level 1 assessment. One Level 1 assessment was completed.

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Thank you for allowing us to continue providing your family with clean, quality water this year.  In order to maintain a safe and dependable water supply we sometimes need to make improvements that will benefit all of our customers.

 

We at the BARKSDALE AFB WATER SYSTEM work around the clock to provide top quality drinking water to every tap.  We ask that all our customers help us protect and conserve our water sources, which are the heart of our community, our way of life, and our children's future. Please call our office if you have questions.