Kevin Dyer, Chair
Randy Caswell, Clerk
Michael Schimpff, Treasurer
Scott Noble, Plant Manager
Joy Davis, Office Manager
Source Water Information
Description of Water Source: Wells (2) - Gravel Packed Wells known as Tapley Well
Water Treatment: Water is pumped from the well and Sodium Hypochlorite is added for disinfection, Poly Ortho Phosphate is added to assist with scaling, Sodium Hydroxide is added for Ph adjustment and to help reduce pipe corrosion.
Source Water Assessment: The sources of drinking water include rivers, lakes, ponds and wells. As water travels over the surface of the land or through the ground, it dissolves naturally occurring minerals and radioactive material and can pick up substances resulting from human or animal activity. The Maine Drinking Water Program (DWP) has evaluated all public water supplies as part of the Source Water Assessment Program (SWAP). The assessments include geology, hydrology, land uses, water testing information, and the extent of land ownership or protection by local ordinance to see how likely our drinking water source is to being contaminated by human activities in the future. Assessment results are available at town offices and public water systems.
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. 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 waste water discharges, oil and gas production, mining, or 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 runoff, and septic systems.
Radioactive contaminants, which can be naturally occurring or be 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. Immunocompromised 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 microbial contaminants are available from the Safe Drinking Water Hotline (1-800-426-4791) or at the following link: https://www.epa.gov/ccr/forms/contact-us-about-consumer-confidence-reports
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. Clinton Water District 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.
Violation Period - 7/1/2022
Violation Type - 72 Violation- CCR Adequacy/Availability/Content Consumer Confidence Rule.
As a community public water system, we are required to provide a CCR to our customers on an annual basis. The CCR provides customers with information regarding the source and quality of the drinking water supplied to them as well as information on any violations that occurred during that time period. In 2an 022 we failed to distribute an accurate and complete CCR to our customers with in the proper time period. If necessary, corrections were made to the report and re-distributed. We will strive to provide all necessary information as accurately as possible to our customers within the proper time period.
In 2020, our system was granted a “Synthetic Organics Waiver”. This is a three year exemption from the monitoring/reporting requirements for the following industrial chemical(s) Toxaphene/chlordane/PCB, Carbamate Pesticides, semi volatile organics. This waiver was granted due to the absence of these potential sources of contamination within a half mile radius of the water source.
ppm = parts per million or milligrams per liter (mg/L)
ppb = parts per billion or micrograms per liter (ug/L)
pCi/L = picocuries per liter ( a measure of radioactivity)
pos = positive samples
MFL = million fibers per liter
Maximum Contaminant Level (MCL): The highest level of a contaminant that is allowed in drinking water.
Maximum Contaminant Level Goal (MCLG): The level of a contaminant in drinking water below which there is no known or expected risk to health.
Running Annual Average (RAA): A 12 month rolling average of all monthly or quarterly samples at all locations. Calculation of the RAA may contain data from the previous year.
Locational Running Annual Average (LRAA): A 12 month rolling average of all monthly or quarterly samples at specific sampling locations. Calculation of the RAA may contain data from the previous year.
Action Level (AL): The concentration of a contaminant that, if exceeded, triggers treatment or other requirements that a water system must follow.
Maximum Residual Disinfectant Level (MRDL): The highest level of a disinfectant allowed in drinking water. There is convincing evidence that addition of a disinfectant necessary for control of microbial contaminants.
Maximum Residual Disinfectant Level Goal (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.
Contaminant Date Results MCL MCLG Source
Coliform (TCR) (1) 2021 0 pos 1 pos/mo or 5% 0 pos Naturally
present in the environment
Barium 4/9/20 0.0063 ppm 2 ppm 2 ppm Discharge of
drilling wastes. Discharge from
Erosion of natural deposits.
Chromium 4/9/20 0 .57 ppb 100 ppb 100 ppb Discharge from
steel and pulp mills.
Erosion of natural deposits.
Combined Uranium 4/9/20 0.52 ppb 30 ppb 0 ppb Erosion of
Copper 90th% Value(4) 1/1/20-12/31/22 0.77 ppm AL= 1.3 ppm 1.3 ppm Corrosion of
household plumbing systems.
Lead 90th% Value(4) 1/1/20-12/31/22 1.7 ppm AL = 15 ppb 0 ppb Corrosion of
household plumbing systems.
Chlorine Residual Range(0-0.5ppm) MRDL=4 ppm MRDLG=4 ppm By-product of
drinking water chlorination.
All other regulated drinking water contaminants were below detection limits.
1) Total Coliform Bacteria: Reported as the highest monthly number of positive samples, for water systems that take <40 samples per month.
2) E. Coli: E. coli are bacteria whose presence indicates that the water may be contaminated with human or animal wastes. Human pathogens in these wastes can cause short-term effects, such as diarrhea, cramps, nausea, headaches, or other symptoms. They pose a greater health risk for infants, young children, the elderly, and people with severely-compromised immune systems.
3) Fluoride: For those water systems that fluoridate, fluoride levels must be maintained between 0.5 to 1.2 ppm. The optimum level is 0.7 ppm.
4) Lead/Copper: Action Levels (AL) are measured at consumer’s tap. 90% of the tests must be equal to below the action level.
5) Nitrate: Nitrate in drinking water at levels above 10 ppm is a health risk for infants or less than six months of age. High nitrate levels in drinking water can cause blue baby syndrome. Nitrate levels may rise quickly for short periods of time because of rainfall or agricultural activity. If you are caring for an infant you should ask advice from your health provider.
6) Arsenic: While your drinking water may meet EPA's standard for Arsenic, if it contains between 5 to 10 ppb you should know that the standard balances the current understanding of arsenic's possible health effects against the cost of removing it 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. Quarterly compliance is based on running annual average.
7) Gross Alpha: Action level over 5 pCi/L requires testing for Radium 226 and 228. Action level over 15 pCi/L requires testing for Uranium. Compliance is based on Gross Alpha results minus Uranium results = Net Gross Alpha.
8) Radon: The State of Maine adopted a Maximum Exposure Guideline (MEG) for Radon in drinking water at 4000 pCi/L effective 1/1/07. If Radon exceeds the MEG in water, treatment is recommended. It is also advisable to test indoor air for Radon.
9) TTHM/HAA5: Total Trihalomethanes and Haloacetic Acids (TTHM and HAA5) are formed as a by-product of drinking water chlorination. This chemical reaction occurs when chlorine combines with naturally occurring organic matter in water. Compliance is based on running annual average.
10) PFAS: The degree of risk depends on the level of chemicals and duration of exposure. Laboratory studies of animals exposed to high doses of PFAS have shown numerous negative effects such as issues with reproduction, growth and development, thyroid function, immune system, neurology, as well as injury to the liver. Research is still relatively new, and more needs to be done to fully assess exposure on the human body.