2016 Annual Drinking Water Quality Report

Florida’s Light and Life Park

PWS# 6290595

 

 

We're pleased to present to you this year's Annual Water Quality Report.  This report is designed to inform you about the quality 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.  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.  Our water source is two wells that draw water from the Floridan Aquifer.

 

In 2016 the Florida Department of Environmental Protection performed a source water assessment on our system. The assessment was conducted to provide information about any potential sources of contamination in the vicinity of our wells. There is four potential source of contamination identified for this system with a low range of susceptibility level. The assessment results are available on the FDEP source water assessment and protection program website at www.dep.stste.fl.us/swapp or they can be obtained from the Light and Life Park office.

 

Our water is obtained from ground water sources and is chlorinated for disinfection purposes and we add Aqua Mag (orthopolyphosphate) to treat lead, copper and iron.

 

This report shows our water quality results and what they mean.

 

If you have any questions about this report or concerning your water utility, please contact Ron Wyncoop @ 863-858-7504. We encourage our valued customers to be informed about their water utility. If you want to learn more, please contact the Park office during regular business hours.

 

Florida’s Light and Life Park routinely monitors for contaminants in your drinking water according to Federal and State laws, rules, and regulations.  Except where indicated otherwise, this report is based on the results of our monitoring for the period of January 1 to December 31, 2016.  Data obtained before January 1, 2016, and presented in this report are from the most recent testing done in accordance with the laws, rules, and regulations.

 

In the table below, you may find unfamiliar terms and abbreviations.  To help you better understand these terms we've provided the following definitions:

 

 

Maximum Contaminant Level or 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 or MCLG: The level of a contaminant in drinking water below which there is no known or expected risk to health. MCLG’s allow for a margin of safety.

 

Action Level (AL): The concentration of a contaminant which, if exceeded, triggers treatment or other requirements that a water system must follow.

 

 

Initial Distribution System Evaluation (IDSE):  An important part of the Stage 2 Disinfection By-Products Rule (DBPR).  The IDSE is a one-time study conducted by water systems to identify distribution system locations with high concentrations of trihalomethanes (THMs) and haloacetic acids (HAAs). Water systems will use results from the IDSE, in conjunction with their Stage 1 DBPR compliance monitoring data, to select compliance monitoring locations for the Stage 2 DBPR.

 

Maximum residual disinfectant level or MRDL:  The highest level of a 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 or 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 contaminants.

 

“ND” means not detected and indicates that the substance was not found by laboratory analysis. 

 

Parts per million (ppm) or Milligrams per liter (mg/l):  one part by weight of analyte to 1 million parts by weight of the water sample..

 

Picocurie per liter (pCi/L):  measure of the radioactivity in water.

 

Treatment Technique (TT):  A required process intended to reduce the level of a contaminant in drinking water.

 

 


NON-SECONDARY CONTAMINANTS TABLE

 

      Contaminant and Unit of               Measurement

Dates of sampling (mo/yr)

MCL Violation Y/N

Level Detected

Range of Results

MCLG

MCL

Likely Source of Contamination

Radioactive Contaminants

 

 

 6. Alpha emitters (mrem/yr)

7/9/2015

Y

8.49

8.49

0

4

Decay of natural and man-made deposits

 

 7. Radium 226 + 228 or combined radium (pCi/L)

7/9/2015

N

1.96

1.96

0

5

Erosion of natural deposits

 

Contaminant and Unit of Measurement

Dates of sampling (mo/yr)

MCL Violation Y/N

Level Detected

Range of Results

MCLG

MCL

Likely Source of Contamination

Inorganic Contaminants

 

 

 10. Arsenic (ppb)

 

3/11/2015

N

.396

.396

0

10

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

 

 

12. Barium (ppm)

3/11/2015

N

0.00481

0.00481

2

2

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

 


 

Contaminant and Unit of                   Dates of sampling        MCL                Level Detected          Range                                  Likely Source 

Measurement                                            (mo/yr)                  Violation                                                of        MCGL  MCL                of

                                                                                                   Y/N                                                Results                                Contamination 

 

 

15. Chromium (ppb)

3/11/2015

N

.360

.360

100

100

Discharge from steel and pulp mills; erosion of natural deposits

 

17. Fluoride (ppm)

7/9/2015

N

0.124

0.124

4

4.0

Erosion of natural deposits; discharge from fertilizer and aluminum factories.  Water additive which promotes strong teeth when at the optimum level of 0.7  ppm

 

20.  Nickel (ppb)

3/11/2015

N

.60

.60

N/A

100

Pollution from mining and refining operations.  Natural occurrence in soil

 

21. Nitrate (as Nitrogen) (ppm)

5/17/2016

N

0.0935

0.0935

10

10

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

 

22. Nitrite (as Nitrogen) (ppm)

5/17/2016

N

0.278

0.278

1

1

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

 

24.  Sodium (ppm)

3/11/2015

N

8.23

8.23

N/A

160

Salt water intrusion, leaching from soil

Stage 1 Disinfectants and Disinfection By-Products

 

For bromate, chloramines, or chlorine, the level detected is the the highest running annual average (RAA), computed quarterly, of monthly averages of all samples collected.  The range of results is the range of results of all the individual samples collected during the past year.

 

Disinfectant or Contaminant and Unit of Measurement

Dates of sampling (mo/yr)

MCL or MRDL Violation Y/N

Level Detected

Range of Results

MCLG or MRDLG

MCL or MRDL

Likely Source of Contamination

 

79. Chlorine (ppm)

Avg.

12

Months

N

2.04

.80

3.60

MRDLG = 4

MRDL = 4.0

Water additive used to control microbes

 


 

Stage 2 Disinfectants and Disinfection By-Products

 

Contaminant and Unit of Measurement

Dates of sampling (mo/yr)

MCL Violation (Y/N)

Level Detected

Range of Results

MCLG

MCL

Likely Source of Contamination

83. Haloacetic Acids (HAA5) (ppb)

7/9/2015

             N

       28.3

           21.3

           35.3

N/A

60

By-product of drinking water disinfection

84. Total Trihalomethanes (TTHM) (ppb)

      7/9/2015

             N

      16.25

              11

             21.5

N/A

80

By-product of drinking water disinfection

Lead and Copper (Tap Water)

Contaminant and Unit of Measurement

Dates of sampling (mo/yr)

AL Exceeded

(Y/N)

90th Percentile Result

No. of sampling sites exceeding the AL

MCLG

AL (Action Level)

Likely Source of Contamination

85. Copper (tap water) (ppm)

6/17/2015

N

0.524

0

1.3

1.3

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

86. Lead (tap water) (ppb)

6/17/2015

Y

0.0100

1

0

15

Corrosion of household plumbing systems; erosion of natural deposits


 

 

     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. Florida’s Light and Lie Park 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.

 

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.

 

We constantly monitor for various contaminants in the water supply to meet all regulatory requirements.  This includes monitoring for lead at customer’s taps.  In July 2016, lead levels at 1 of the 10 taps sampled exceeded the action level of 15 ppb.  The 90th percentile result and the number of sampling sites exceeding the AL is shown in the test results table.  Because the 90th percentile result exceeded the AL, the system exceeded the AL.  The AL exceeded was not a violation but rather a trigger for additional steps the system must take.  Our system complied with, or is in the process of complying with, all required follow-up to this exceedance.  This includes the attached public education notice that was distributed to all customers on August 5, 2015. 

 

 

Contaminants that may be present in source water include:

 

(A)       Microbial contaminants, such as viruses and bacteria, which may come from sewage treatment plants, septic systems, agricultural livestock operations, and wildlife.

(B)       Inorganic contaminants, such as salts and metals, which can be naturally-occurring or result from urban stormwater runoff, industrial or domestic wastewater discharges, oil and gas production, mining, or farming.

(C)       Pesticides and herbicides, which may come from a variety of sources such as agriculture, urban stormwater runoff, and residential uses.

(D)       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 stormwater runoff, and septic systems.

(E)       Radioactive contaminants, which can be naturally occurring or be the result of oil and gas production and mining activities.

 

While your drinking water meets EPA’s standard for arsenic, it does contain low levels of arsenic.  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, which is a mineral known to cause cancer in humans at high concentrations and is linked to other health effects such as skin damage and circulatory problems.

 

In order to ensure that tap water is safe to drink, the EPA prescribes regulations, which limit the amount of certain contaminants in water provided by public water systems.  The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) regulations establish limits for 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 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.

 

Lead: lead in drinking water is rarely the sole cause of lead poisoning, but it can add to a person’s total lead exposure. All potential sources of lead in the household should be identified and removed, replaced or reduced.

 

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.

 

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).

 

“Please DO NOT FLUSH your unused/unwanted medications down toilets or sink drains.  More information is available at http://www.dep.state.fl.us/waste/categories/medications/pages/disposal.htm.”

 

We at Florida’s Light and Life Park would like you to understand the efforts we make to continually improve the water treatment process and protect our water resources.  We are committed to insuring the quality of your water.  If you have any questions or concerns about the information provided, please feel free to call any of the numbers listed.

We at Florida’s Light and Life Park would like you to understand the efforts we make to continually improve the water treatment process and protect our water resources.  We are committed to insuring the quality of your water.  If you have any questions or concerns about the information provided, please feel free to call any of the numbers listed.