This is called a CCR – Consumer Confidence Report.
The federal government requires specific information to be included in the reports.
The EPA lists:
- The lake, river, aquifer, or other source of the drinking water.
- A brief summary of the risk of contamination of the local drinking water source.
- The regulated contaminant found in local drinking water.
- The potential health effects of any contaminant detected in violation of an EPA health standard.
- An accounting of the system’s actions to restore safe drinking water.
- An educational statement for vulnerable populations about avoiding Cryptosporidium (a microscopic parasite).
- Educational information on nitrate, arsenic, or lead in areas where these contaminants may be a concern.
- EPA’s Safe Drinking Water Hotline number.
- Phone numbers of additional sources of information, including the water system.
When should you test your water quality?
- Do you expect to have a new baby?
- Have you had a chemical or fuel spill or a leak near your water supply?
- Are there unexplained illnesses in your family?
How frequently should I test?
Test water every year for total coliform bacteria, nitrates, total dissolved solids and pH levels.
The following chart will help you recognize problems and the possible contaminants.
|Conditions or Nearby Activities:||Test for:|
|Recurring gastro-intestinal illness||Coliform bacteria|
|Household plumbing contains lead||pH, lead, copper|
|Radon in indoor air or region is radon rich||Radon|
|Corrosion of pipes, plumbing||Corrosion, pH, lead|
|Nearby areas of intensive agriculture||Nitrate, pesticides, coliform bacteria|
|Coal or other mining operations nearby||Metals, pH, corrosion|
|Gas drilling operations nearby||Chloride, sodium, barium, strontium|
|Dump, junkyard, landfill, factory, gas station or dry-cleaning operation nearby||Volatile organic compounds, total dissolved solids, pH, sulfate, chloride, metals|
|Odor of gasoline or fuel oil, and near gas station or buried fuel tanks||Volatile organic compounds|
|Objectionable taste or smell||Hydrogen sulfide, corrosion, metals|
|Stained plumbing fixtures, laundry||Iron, copper, manganese|
|Salty taste and seawater, or a heavily salted roadway nearby||Chloride, total dissolved solids, sodium|
|Scaly residues, soaps don’t lather||Hardness|
|Rapid wear of water treatment equipment||pH, corrosion|
|Water softener needed to treat hardness||Manganese, iron|
|Water appears cloudy, frothy or colored||Color, detergents|