Town Offices

Woodsboro Fire Hall
 3rd street
Woodsboro, Md. 21798
301-898-3800

 

 

Mailing Address
 

P. O. Box 88
Woodsboro, Md. 21798

 

 

 Annual Drinking Water Quality Report for 2012

The Town of Woodsboro, Maryland
PWSID # 0100027
May 30, 2013

We're pleased to present to you this year's Annual Water Quality Report. This report is designed to inform you about the water quality and services we deliver to you every day. 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.  

The sources of our drinking water are the Frederick Limestone Aquifer and the Grove Limestone Aquifer.  An aquifer is a sort of underground reservoir or deposit of water, which is tapped by drilling wells and pumping the water to the surface for distribution.  The earth between surface sources of contamination and this underground river helps to purify the water before it actually reaches the aquifer, making it easier for us to treat before we pump it into your water distribution system.  We have 5 wells varying in depth from 200 to 600 feet all located within the corporate limits of the town. 

We have a source water assessment plan available from our office that provides more information such as potential sources of contamination. This plan is also available from the Frederick County Public Library or from Maryland Department of the Environment (MDE). 

This report outlines the quality of our finished drinking water and what that quality means. 

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 microbiological contaminants are available from the Safe Drinking Water Hotline (800-426-4791). 

If you have any questions about this report or concerning your water utility, please contact Marc Angleberger at 301-845-4288.  We want our valued customers to be informed about their water utility.  If you want to learn more, please attend any of our regularly scheduled Mayor and Council meetings.  They are held on the second Tuesday of every month beginning at 7:00 pm at the Fire Hall on Third Street.  

The Town of Woodsboro routinely monitors for contaminants in your drinking water according to Federal and State laws. This table shows the results of our monitoring for the period of January 1st to December 31st, 2011, unless otherwise notedAs water travels over the land or underground, it can pick up substances 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.  It's important to remember that the presence of these contaminants does not necessarily pose a health risk.  

In this table 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: 

Non-Detects (ND) - laboratory analysis indicates that the contaminant is not present. 

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 - 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. 

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

Maximum Contaminant Level -  The “Maximum Allowed” (MCL) is 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 -  The “Goal”(MCLG) is 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. 


TEST RESULTS

Contaminant

Violation

Y/N

Level

Detected

Unit

Measurement

MCLG

MCL

Likely Source of Contamination

Radioactive Contaminants

  Beta/photon emitters

             Well 2 = B (2007)

             Well 3 = C (2012)

  Well 2A,7,14 = D (2009)           

 

N

N

N

 

4.0

6.2

5.0

pCi/l

0

             50

Decay of natural and man-made deposits

  Alpha emitters

                          B  (2007)

                          C  (2012)

                          D  (2009)

 

N

N

N

 

7.0

<2.0

< 1.0

pCi/1

0

15

Erosion of natural deposits

Combined radium

  (226 & 228)    B  (2007)

                         C  (2012)

                         D  (2009)

 

N

N

N

 

0.7

< 0.8

<2.5

pCi/1

0

5

Erosion of natural deposits

Inorganic Contaminants

 Copper – Distribution                 

N

0.21

ppm

1.3

AL=1.3

Corrosion of household plumbing systems; erosion of natural deposits; leaching from wood preservatives

Lead  -  Distribution 

N

6.0

ppb

0

AL=15

Corrosion of household plumbing systems, erosion of natural deposits

 Nitrate (as Nitrogen)                         

                          B (avg.)

                          C (avg.)

                          D (avg.)   

 

N

N

N

 

3.4

3.7

5.1

ppm

10

10

Runoff from fertilizer use; leaching from septic tanks, sewage; erosion of natural deposits

Arsenic

                          B (2012)

                          C (2012)

                          D (2012)

 

N

N

N

 

< 2

< 2

< 2

ppb

N/A

10

Erosion of natural deposits; runoff from orchards; runoff from glass and electronics production wastes

Fluoride

                          B (2012)

                          C (2012)

                          D (2012)

 

N

N

N

 

0.1

0.1

0.11

ppm

4

4

Erosion of natural deposits; water additive which promotes strong teeth; discharge from fertilizer and aluminum factories

11. Barium        B (2012)

 

     N

0.053

ppm

2

2

Discharge of drilling wastes; discharge from metal refineries; erosion of natural deposits

Nickel                B (2012)

                           C (2012)

                           D (2012)

N

0.0039

0.0042

<0.05

Ppm

n/a

100

Erosion of natural deposits or leaching.

Synthetic Organic Contaminants including Pesticides and Herbicides

Di(2-Ethylhexyl) Phthalate

                         B  (2010)      

                         C  (2010)

                         D     

 

N

N

N

 

ND

1.65

< 1.0

ppb

          0

6

Discharge from rubber and chemical factories

Volatile Organic Contaminants

TTHM(distribution)                                     [Total trihalomethanes]

N

4.8-20.1
range

ppb

0

80

By-product of drinking water chlorination

HAA5 [Haloacetic Acids]

  (distribution)

N

.57-26.5

range

 

ppb

0

60

By-product of drinking water chlorination

Note:  Sources are as follows: B = Well # 2;  C = Well # 3;  D = Wells # 7, 14, & 2A;  Test results are for CY2011 unless otherwise noted.  Some contaminants are not required to be tested for on an annual basis.   

Additional contaminants which were detected in our testing but which are not currently regulated are listed in the following table. 

Unregulated Contaminants

Sodium                            

                         B (2009)  

                         C (2009) 

                         D (2009)     

 

N

N

N

 

27.8

69.5

39.9

ppm

 

N/A

N/A

Erosion of natural deposits

 

 

Chloroform

                        B

                        C (2009)

                        D (2009)

 

N

N

N

 

ND

2.0

ND

ppb

N/A

N/A

By-product of drinking water

Chlorination

Dibromochlorormethane

                        B

                        C (2009)

                        D (2009)

 

N

N

N

 

ND

1.0

ND

ppb

N/A

N/A

By-product of drinking water

Chlorination

Bromodichlorormethane

                        B

                        C (2009)

                        D (2009)

 

N

N

N

 

ND

0.7

ND

ppb

N/A

N/A

By-product of drinking water

Chlorination

Bromoform

                        B

                        C (2009)

                        D (2009)

 

N

N

N

 

ND

0.6

ND

ppb

N/A

N/A

By-product of drinking water

Chlorination

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.  The Town of Woodsboro 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 drinking 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 EPA Safe Drinking Water Hotline at 1-800-426-4791 or at http://www.epa.gov/safewater/lead.  

All sources of drinking water are subject to potential contamination by substances that are naturally occurring or man made. These substances can be microbes, inorganic or organic chemicals and radioactive substances. All 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 the water poses a health risk. More information about contaminants and potential health effects can be obtained by calling the Environmental Protection Agency’s Safe Drinking Water Hotline at 1-800-426-4791.

Our water system is required to collect  one routine monthly sample for bacteria testing in accordance with Federal and State Regulations with results of this testing reported to the State (MDE) no later than the 10th day of the following month. We failed to have this sampling completed for the month of August, 2011. Consequently our system received a violation notice for that month. Period of the violation was August 1st thru August 31st.  Our system was returned to full compliance after our laboratory  collected the required sample in September and reported results to MDE which were negative for the presence of bacteria.  Our lab has taken corrective actions to avoid this from happening in the future.   

MCL’s are set at very stringent levels. To understand the possible health effects described for many regulated contaminants, a person would have to drink 2 liters of water every day at the MCL level for a lifetime to have a one-in-a-million chance of having the described health effect. 

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. These improvements are sometimes reflected as rate structure adjustments. Thank you for understanding.