CITY OF MT. HOPE WATER DEPARTMENT
P.O. Box 151
Mt. Hope WV 25880
PWS # 3301024
April 29, 2015
Application For Water and Sewer Service
We are please to report that the Mount Hope Water Department met all Federal and State Water Standards for the Reporting Year 2016.
In compliance with the Safe Drinking Water Act Amendments, the Mt. Hope Water Department is providing its customers with this annual water quality report. This report explains where your water comes from, what it contains, and how it compares to standards set by regulatory agencies. The information in this report shows the results of our monitoring for the period of January 1st to December 31st, 2016 or earlier if not on a yearly schedule.
If you have any questions concerning this report, you may contact William Greives, 304-877-3012. If you have any further questions, comments or suggestions, please attend any of our regularly scheduled water board meetings held on the 2nd Tuesday of every month at 7:00pm in the Midtown Terrace Apartments, Mt. Hope WV.
Your drinking water is groundwater under the influence of surface water from the Feral Mine.
Source Water Assessment
A Source Water Assessment was conducted by the West Virginia Bureau for Public Health (WVBPH). The intake that supplies drinking water to the Mt. Hope Water Department has a higher susceptibility to contamination, due to the sensitive nature of surface water supplies and the potential contaminant sources identified within the area. This does not mean that this intake will become contaminated; only that conditions are such that the surface water could be impacted by a potential contaminant source. Future contamination may be avoided by implementing protective measures. The source water assessment report which contains more information is available for review or a copy will be provided to you at our office during business hours or from the WVBPH 304-558-2981.
Mt. Hope Water Department, WVBPH and Tetra Tech Engineering completed a new Source Water Protection Plan. This plan was submitted to and approved by the State of West Virginia in 2016. This is a continual endeavor to provide safe drinking water to our community. An updated contingency and feasibility study portion of the Source Water Protection Plan is in the process of completion.
All drinking water contains various amounts and kinds of contaminants. Federal and state regulations establish limits, controls, and treatment practices to minimize these contaminants and to reduce any subsequent health effects.
Contaminants in Water
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 of contaminants in bottled water which must provide the same protection for public health.
Drinking water, including bottled water, may reasonably be expected to contain at least small amounts of some contaminants. The presence of these 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 Environmental Protection Agency’s Safe Drinking Water Hotline (800-426-4791).
The source of drinking water (both tap and bottled water) includes 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 storm water runoff, industrial or domestic wastewater discharges, oil and gas production, mining, farming.
Pesticides and herbicides, which may come from a variety of sources such as agriculture, 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, and can also, come from gas stations, urban storm water runoff, and septic systems.
Radioactive contaminants, which can be naturally-occurring or the result of oil and gas production and mining activities.
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 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).
The Mt. Hope Water Department routinely monitors for contaminants in your drinking water according to federal and state laws. The tables below show the results of our monitoring for contaminants.
|Unit of Measure||MCLG||MCL||Likely Source of
|Nickel||N||3.34||ppb||100||100||Erosion of natural deposits|
|Sodium||N||33.7||ppm||NE||20||Erosion of natural deposits|
|Sulfate||N||91.9||ppm||250||250||Erosion of natural deposits|
*Sodium is an unregulated contaminant. Our sodium level exceeds the guidance MCL. Anyone having a problem with sodium should contact their primary health care provider.
|Unit of Measure||MCLG||MCL||Likely Source of
100% of monthly samples
|Barium||N||.0322||ppm||2||2||Discharge from drilling wastes; erosion of natural deposits|
|100||100||Discharge from steel/metal factories; discharge from fertilizer and aluminum factories|
|N||.0754||ppm||1.3||AL=1.3||Corrosion of household plumbing|
|Cyanide||N||19.6||ppb||200||200||Discharge from steel factories; discharge from plastic and fertilizer factories|
|Fluoride||N||0.612||ppm||4||4||Erosion of natural deposits; water additive that promotes strong teeth; discharge from aluminum and fertilizer plants|
|Corrosion of household plumbing;|
|Nitrate||N||0.128||ppm||10||10||Runoff from use of fertilizer; leaching from septic tanks, sewage; erosion of natural deposits|
|ppb||50||50||Discharge from petroleum and metal refineries; erosion of natural deposits; discharge from mines|
|Water additive used to control microbes|
|N||2.8||ppb||NA||60||By-product of drinking water disinfection|
|N||7.7||ppb||NA||80||By-product of drinking water chlorination|
|Gross Alpha||N||1.52||pCi/L||0||15||Erosions of natural deposits|
|Radium 228||N||.888||pCi/L||0||5||Erosions of natural deposits|
* Copper and lead samples were collected from 10 area residences during June of 2016. Only the 90th percentile is reported. None of the samples collected exceeded the MCL.
All other water test results for the reporting year 2016 were all non-detects.
Turbidity is a measure of the cloudiness in water. We monitor it because it is a good indicator of the effectiveness of our filtration system.
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 Mt. Hope Water Department 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 safe Drinking Water Hotline or at http:/www.epa.gov/safewater/lead.
This report will not be mailed. A copy will be provided to you upon request at our office during regular business hours.