2011 Annual Drinking Water Quality Report
(Consumer Confidence Report)
The City of Kerrville, Texas
Special Notice - Required language for ALL community public water systems:
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 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 containments are available from the Safe Drinking Water Hotline (1-800-426-4791).
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. We 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.
Public Participation Opportunities
Date: Monday, October 29, 2012
Time: 6:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Location: Meeting Room #1, City Hall
800 Junction Highway
Kerrville, Texas 78028
For Information Call: (830-257-8000) or; visit your Water Production Division on the World Wide Web by links from the City of Kerrville Home Page at: www.kerrvilletx.gov. Post your questions and comments and receive prompt attention via e-mail.
OUR DRINKING WATER IS REGULATED
This Annual Water Quality Report is for the period of January 1 to December 31, 2011. This report is intended to provide you with important information about your drinking water and the efforts made by the water system to provide safe drinking water.
INFORMATION ON SOURCES OF DRINKING WATER: 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:
- Microbial Containments, 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 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 users.
- 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 Contaminates, which can be naturally-occurring or be the result of oil and gas production and mining activities.
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WHERE DO WE GET OUR DRINKING WATER?
The source of drinking water you buy CITY OF KERRVILLE is SURFACE WATER. A Source Water Susceptibility Assessment for your drinking water sources(s) is currently being updated by the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality. This information describes the susceptibility and types of constituents that may come into contact with your drinking water source based on human activities and natural conditions. The information contained in the assessment allows us to focus our source water protection strategies. For more information about your sources of water, please refer to the Source Water Assessment Viewer available at the following URL: http://gis3.tceq.state.tx.us/swav/Controller/index.jsp?wtrsrc= Further details about sources and source water assessments are available in Drinking Water Watch at the following URL: http://dww.tceq.texas.gov/DWW/
INFORMATION ABOUT SECONDARY CONTAMINANTS
Many constituents (such as calcium, sodium, or iron) which are often found in drinking water, can cause taste, color, and odor problems. The taste and odor constituents are called secondary constituents and are regulated by the State of Texas, not the EPA. These constituents are not causes for health concerns. Therefore, secondaries are not required to be reported in this document, but they may greatly affect the appearance and taste of your water.
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 (MRDL) - The highest level of 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 contamination.
mrem - A measure of radiation absorbed by the body
ppb - Microgram per liter or parts per billion-one ounce in 7,350,000 gallons of water.
n/a - Not applicable.
Avg - Regulatory compliance with MCLs are based running annual average of monthly samples.
ppm - Milligrams per liter or parts per million-or one ounce in 7,350 gallons of water.
NTU- Nephelometric Turbidity Units
MFL- million fibers per liter (a measure of asbestos)
pCi/l - picocuries per liter (a measure of radioactivity)
ppm - parts per million, or milligrams per liter (mg/l)
ppb - parts per billion, or micrograms per liter (ug/l)
ppt - parts per trillion, or nanograms per liter
ppq - parts per quadrillion, or picograms per liter
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