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Saginaw Chippewa Utility Authority Annual Drinking Water Report

Waste Water Treatment Annual Drinking Water Report 1999

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Is my water safe?

During 1999, your tap water met all U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) drinking water safety standards. Our tribe vigilantly safeguards its water supplies, and we are proud to report that our water system had no violations of maximum contaminant levels or any other drinking water quality standard this past year. This report will give you even more information about the safety of your water supply. Please read on for additional information. Informed customers are our best allies.

Do I need to take special precautions?

Some people may be more vulnerable to contaminants in drinking water that the general population. Immuno-comprised 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. The EPA/Centers of Disease Control (CDC) guidelines on appropriate means to lessen the risk of infection by Cryptosporidium and other microbial contaminants are available from the Safe Water Drinking Hotline (800-426-4791).

Where does my water come from?

Your tribal water supply originates as water beneath the surface of the Earth. This is called groundwater. Groundwater is naturally filtered as it travels through soil and rocks. Our tribe has four wells. Well 1 is located west of Nish-Na-Be-Anong. Well 2 is located north of Broadway. Well 3 is located south of Little Elk, west of Shepherd Road. Well 4 is located west of Shepherd Road, east of Sweet Grass. All these wells pump this water back to the surface so we may drink it. The new water softening plant was put into operation on April 5, 2000. Please consider not using your home water softener for the following reasons: your water will have an increase in the sodium (salt) content, and your water could become corrosive. The plant was designed and is operated to provide the tribal homes and businesses with water that is balanced and softened. Resoftening can cause a tinny taste and make for using extra water to remove soap residues.

Source water assessment and its availability

The tribe is currently working with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to conduct a source water assessment. This assessment consists of identifying the area(s) around the well(s), which need to be protected from contamination, identifying potential sources of contamination, and determining the susceptibility of the wells to contamination. When the assessment is complete, we will make the results available to you. Because the water we drink comes from underground wells, we need to be careful with how we dispose of harmful contaminants. This assessment will give us information we need as a tribal community to make sure our drinking water is safe now and in the future.

Why are the recontaminants in my drinking water?

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. More information about contaminants and potential health effects can be obtained by calling the Environment Protection Agency's Safe Water Hotline (800-426-4791). 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. >> 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, or farming.>> 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 be the result of oil and gas production and mining activities. 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. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) regulations establish limits for contaminants in bottled water which must provide the same protection for public health..

Water Quality Data Table

The table below lists all of the drinking water contaminants that we detected during the calendar year of this report. The presence of contaminants in the water does not necessarily indicate that the water poses a health risk. Unless otherwise noted, the data presented in this table is from testing done in the calendar year of the report. The EPA or the State requires us to monitor for certain contaminants less than once per year because the concentrations of these contaminants do not change frequently. Some of the data though representative of the water quality, may be more than one year old.