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2019 Water Quality Report

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City of Soldotna’s
Drinking Water
Quality Report
For Year 2019

PWSID # 2241054

2019 CCR Water Quality Report

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We are  pleased  to  present  this year's Annual Quality Water Report to our valued customers This report  is designed to inform you about the quality of the ground 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. Continual efforts are made to improve the water treatment process and protect our water resources. Copies of the Source Water Protection Plan are available at our office or public libraries. The Soldotna Utility Department continually strives to provide quality water by flushing the system every spring and cleaning the water mains on an  as  needed  basis.   T o   a n s w e r any questions about this report  or about your water utility, please contact James Trissel, Utility Department Manager at 907-262-4205

 

Well B - is a Class A water system. This water system is located in Soldotna and the intake for this PWSID is a ground water well. The wellhead received a susceptibility of "low" and the aquifer received a susceptibility rating of "high". Combining these scores produces a natural susceptibility of "low" for the source. In addition, this water system  has  received  a  vulnerability rating of "medium"  for bacteria/viruses, "high" for nitrates/nitrites, "high" for volatile organic chemicals, "high" for heavy metals,"medium" for other organic chemicals, and "medium" for synthetic organic chemicals.

The City of Soldotna's public water system consist of four source intakes. 

Source Water Assessment (SWA) Reports have been com- pleted by the ADEC Drinking Water Protection Program as a first step towards voluntary local source water protection efforts. Vulnerability rankings are assigned based on the susceptibility of the drinking water source to potential contamination, recent sampling results and the presence of potential contaminant sources - they do not necessarily indicate these contaminants will reach our source of water. Our water system has received the following vulnerability rankings:

Well C - is a Class A water system. This water system is located in Soldotna and the intake for this PWSID is a ground water well. The wellhead received  a  susceptibility of "low" and the aquifer received a susceptibility rating of "medium". Combining these scores produces a natural susceptibility  of  "low"  for  the  source.  In  addition, this water system  has  received  a  vulnerability rating of "medium" for bacteria/viruses, "medium" for nitrates/nitrites, "high"  for volatile organic chemicals, "high" for heavy metals, "medium" for other organic chemicals, and "low" for synthetic organic chemicals.

Well C-2 - is a Class A water system. This water system is located in Soldotna and the intake for this PWSID is a ground water well. The wellhead received a susceptibility of "low" and the aquifer received a susceptibility  rating of "medium". Combining these scores produces  a  natural susceptibility of "low" for the source. In addition, this water system has received a vulnerability rating of "medium" for bacteria/viruses, "medium" for  nitrates/ nitrites, "high" for volatile organic chemicals, "high" for heavy metals, "medium" for other organic chemicals, and "low" for synthetic organic chemicals.

Well E - is a Class A water system. This water system is located in Soldotna and the intake for this PWSID is a ground water well. The wellhead received a susceptibility of "low" and the aquifer received a susceptibility rating of "medium"Combining these scores produces a natural susceptibility of "low" for the source. In addition, this water system has received a vulnerability rating of "medium" for bacteria/viruses , "medium" for nitrates/nitrites, "high" for volatile organic chemicals , "high" for heavy metals, "medium" for other organic chemicals, and "low" for synthetic organic chemicals.

Arsenic: Arsenic is a naturally occurring mineral. Some people who drink water containing arsenic in excess of the MCL over many years could experience skin damage or problems with their circulatory system, and may have an increased risk of getting cancer. On February 22, 2002, EPA reduced the MCL for arsenic from 50 ppb to 10 ppb.

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. Arsenic is a mineral known to cause cancer in humans when it is in high concentrations and, it is also linked to other health effects such as skin damage and circulatory problems. This continuing review may result in more stringent standards.

The City of Soldotna has been aware of EPA's study on arsenic and has met the arsenic levels, deadline. As shown in the table within this publication, all four of our wells are currently below the new 10ppb standard set by EPA. 

2020 Water Operation Projects: 

In our continuing effort to meet existing needs for high water quality we will be flushing the water mains in April and in September.
The city concluded the source water study in 2019 to evaluate the current water quality. We are reviewing the study results and following the recommendations of the Engineering firm. The first changes proposed are operational in nature and will be implemented in 2020.
We will also be replacing the aging back up generator at our Well C location to insure we provide water service during power out-ages.
We, at the City of Soldotna Utility Department will continue to work diligently to provide top quality water to every tap. We also welcome any questions or concerns you may have. We ask that all our customers help us protect our water sources, which are the heart of our community,our way of life and our children's future.

The City of Soldotna routinely monitors for contaminants in your drinking water according to Federal and State laws. The table below shows the results of our monitoring for the period of January 1, 2019 to December 31, 2019, or the most recent monitoring results we have. As water travels over the land or underground, it can pick up sub-stances or contaminants such as microbes , inorganic and organic chemicals, and radioactive substances. All drinking water , including bottled drinking water, may be reasonably expected to contain at least small amounts of some contaminants. The presence of these 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 EPA Safe Drinking Water Hotline (1-800-426-4791) . Some people may be more vulnerable to contaminants in drinking water than the general population. lmmuno-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 guide-lines on appropriate means to lessen the risk of infection by cryptosporidium and other microbiological contaminants are available from the Safe Drinking Water Hotline (1-800-426-4791 ).

Waivers and/or Non-Detects: 

There are many regulations pertaining to sampling and monitoring of  our  water  system Since we had a waiver for Synthetic Organic Contaminants and other Organic Contaminants, we did not test for them during the time period covered by this report. We tested for  numerous contaminates including total Coliform Bacteria and total Nitrate/Nitrite, and all of them were below the maximum contaminant level goal.

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