Lake Waubeeka Association
2016 Water Quality Report
We are pleased to present a summary of the quality of the water provided to you during this past year.
The Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA) requires us to issue an annual “Consumer Confidence” report to customers. This report details where your water comes from and what it contains.
Lake Waubeeka water is supplied by two active wells, which feeds into the distribution system. The system is located in a wooden / residential area of Danbury.
A new surface water treatment plant was constructed and activated in November 2013 to maintain compliance with the CT Department of Health regulation for groundwater under the influence of surface water (GWUDI).
A chemical feed pump system using potassium carbonate is used to adjust the pH level. The treatment is required to curtail the corrosion of piping. The pH level is monitored daily to ensure proper dosages of potassium carbonate are added. Also, a chlorine feed pump system is provided and used. The chlorine level is monitored daily to ensure proper dosages of sodium hypo-chlorite are added to properly disinfect the water.
Water Systems Specialties maintains the water system. The staff holds all necessary licensing and certifications from the State of Connecticut. Our firm stays abreast of the most advanced technologies which helps us continue to give the consumer reliable service and we are always trying to find ways to improve the infrastructure of your water system. Water testing, sampling and reporting are performed by Hydro Technologies.
Water Source Information:
The State of Connecticut Department of Public Health has performed an assessment of our drinking water sources. The overall susceptibility of source water to potential sources of contamination is “Low”. This rating is intended to indicate potential sources of contamination that may be in the well field source water area and does not necessarily imply poor water quality. The completed assessment report is available for access on the Drinking Water Division’s web site.
Sodium is a major constituent in drinking water. A survey of 2100 finished waters conducted between 1963 and 1966 by the U.S. Public Health Service found concentrations ranging from 0.4 to 1900 mg/L, with 42 percent having sodium greater than 20 mg/L and
5 percent having greater than 250 mg/L. Of a typical daily intake of 2400 mg, drinking water, at a typical concentration of 21 mg/L, contributes 1 percent.
Sodium is associated with high blood pressure and heart disease in the “at-risk” population, comprised of persons genetically predisposed to essential hypertension. In addition, certain diseases are aggravated by a high salt intake, including congestive heart failure, cirrhosis, and renal disease. Similarly harmful effects for the population as a whole have not been conclusively shown in numerous epidemiological studies.
Intake from food is generally the major source of sodium. The typical intake for normal adults is 1100 to 3300 mg/day. For persons requiring restrictions on salt intakes, sodium levels are usually limited somewhere between 500 and 2000 mg/day. Some severe cases require intakes of less than 500 mg/day. In 1968, the American Heart Association recommended a drinking water concentration of 20 mg/L. Where water supplies contain more than 20 mg/L, dietary sodium restriction to less than 500 mg/day is difficult to achieve and maintain.
The USEPA has not proposed an MCLG for sodium because of insufficient data showing the association between sodium in drinking water and hypertension in the general population and because of the normally minor contribution of drinking water to the total dietary intake of sodium. The USEPA has suggested a guidance level of 20 mg/L for the protection of the at-risk population, as recommended by the American Heart Association.
Additional Lead Information:
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. Lake Waubeeka Water Company 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.
More About 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 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 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 agricultural, 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, can come from gas stations, urban storm water runoff and septic systems.
- 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, which limit the amount of certain contaminants in water provided by public water systems. FDA regulations establish limits for contaminants in bottled water, which must provide the same protection for public health.
Drinking Water Division’s Web Site Address:
Lake Waubeeka Water Company meets all federal and state drinking water standards.
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 EPA’s Safe Drinking Water Hotline listed below.
Some people may be more vulnerable to contaminants in drinking water than the general population. Immuno-compromised persons; such as persons with cancer undergoing 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 Crytosporidium and other microbial contaminants are available by calling:
EPA Safe Drinking Water Hotline
EPA Web Site Address:
Save Water, Save Money, and Save Energy
To help prevent waste, Lake Waubeeka Water Company offers the following water-saving tips:
- Stop indoor and outdoor plumbing leaks.
- Replace your old toilet.
- Turn the water off while shaving, brushing teeth and washing one’s face to save up to 3 gallons a minute.
- Have faucet and toilet leaks repaired, as a steady one-eighth-inch diameter drip can waste more than 20 gallons a day.
- Use the washing machine for full loads only and shorten the cycle to save up to 33 gallons.
- Never use the hose to clean debris from your driveway or sidewalk. Use a broom.
For More Information contact:
Water Systems Specialties
Attn.: Reale Lemay
PO Box 8
Watertown, CT 06795
Phone: (860) 283-8822 Fax: (860) 283-8855