The Bulletin Board
870-222-3160

 

The McGehee City Council meeting will be held September 16, at 5:30 P.M. in the Council room at the McGehee Municipal Building at 901 Holly St.

1. Called to Order
2. Pledge of Allegiance - Al
3. Invocation -
4. Minutes
5. Treasury Report
6. Bills
7. Police Report
8. Mosquito Control Report - Bill Lawrence
9. Old Business - 1. Read Ordinance 810 Increasing water and sewer rates for a second reading.
10. New Business
11. Public Comments
12. Meeting Adjourned

McGehee Ambulance memberships are available. Individual memberships are $50.00, family are $75.00 and household memberships are $100.00. Please come by to join today.

Karon White is in charge of the building permits and zoning regulations. See her at the Municipal Building.

Steven Plunkett is our Animal Contr
ol Officer. Please call 870-222-3636 to report your dog problem.

Marcia Massey is our Code Enforcement Officer. She can be reached at 222-3160.

To reserve the McGehee Depot meeting room any day call 870-222-3160.

Leaf pickup will be announced. Be sure to cut all limbs to 4' sections.

The Social Security Administration is no longer coming to McGehee or the surrounding areas because of budget cuts. They are open in Pine Bluff from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Monday thru Friday. You can call 1-800-772-1213.
The Pine Bluff office number is 866-563-9693.

The McGehee Water company after hours emergency number is 870-222-7625.

RE: 2012 Consumer Confidence Report (CCR) for McGehee Water

1 March 2013
Jackie Walker PWS ID 170
MC GEHEE WATERWORKS
P O BOX 289
MC GEHEE, AR 71654

Dear Jackie Walker:
Enclosed is your water system's 2012 Consumer Confidence Report, instructions for distributing it to your customers, and a certification form. It is the responsibility of your water system to thoroughly review the report for accuracy. You may name your report: "2012 Water Report," 2012 Annual Drinking Water Report, "XYZ Community," 2012 Water Quality Report or any other variation thereof.
Keep a copy of the CCR for your files. Your water system is required to maintain a copy of its Consumer Confidence Report for three (3) years.
Report Delivery: It's very important that you read and understand the requirements for the method of CCR distribution you decide to use. The acceptable distribution methods and requirements are based on your service population and are listed on the following page. Let's do our best to avoid CCR reporting violations. Important dates: Prior to Newspaper Publication: Provide this office with the required notice sent to your customers (see below). Prior to Electronic Distribution: Provide this office with the required notice sent to your customers (see below). July 1st, 2013 - Under EPA's CCR Rule your CCR report must be distributed to your water system's customers and this office by July 1st, 2013. October 1st, 2013 - The EPA's CCR Rule requires Certification of Distribution of the CCR to arrive at this office on or before October 1st, 2013. Failure to comply with these dates will be a violation enforced by the US EPA. Certification of Distribution: Once you have distributed the CCR to your customers, complete the enclosed, 2012 Certification Form (do not use a Certification Form from a previous year) and return it to this office along with a copy of your water system's 2012 CCR as soon as the report has been appropriately distributed. If you have any questions or need assistance, please call Tyrone Tidwell or Doug Dawson at 501-661-2623, fax one of us at 501-661-2032, or e-mail one of us at tyrone.tidwell@arkansas.gov or douglas.dawson@arkansas.gov. Sincerely, Tyrone Tidwell Tyrone Tidwell, Environmental Health Specialist 2013 Distribution and Compliance Reporting Instructions for 2012 CCR WATER SYSTEM NAME: MC GEHEE WATERWORKS 4734 Persons
I. METHODS OF DISTRIBUTION
A. Water Systems Serving 1 to 500 Persons:
1. Mailing or hand delivering to each residential and commercial customers.
2. Posting the CCR for at least 30 days in a conspicuous location that the public visits (posting the report at the water plant or other locations not frequented by your customers is unacceptable).
3. Publishing the CCR in the local newspaper for a least one day.
4. Electronic Distribution
B. Water Systems Serving 501 to 10,000 Persons.
1. Mailing or hand delivering to each residential and commercial customers.
2. Publishing the CCR in the local newspaper for a least one day.
3. POSTING CANNOT BE USED FOR THIS POPULATION SIZE.
4. Electronic Distribution
C. Water Systems Serving 10,001 to 100,000 Persons.
1. Mailing or hand delivering to each residential and commercial customers.
2. Electronic Distribution
3. POSTING AND NEWSPAPER PUBLICATION CANNOT BE USED FOR THIS POPULATION SIZE.
D. Water Systems Serving More than 100,000 Persons.
1. Mailing or hand delivering to each residential and commercial customer and placing a copy on a publically accessible internet site. POSTING OR NEWSPAPER PUBLICATION MAY NOT BE USED FOR THIS POPULATION.
2. Electronic Distribution
II. SPECIAL RULES FOR NEWSPAPER PUBLICATION The following additional requirements must be met for distribution by publication in the newspaper:
1. Prior to publication you must notify customers that the CCR will not be mailed, and that copies of the report are available from your office upon request. Placing the following statement on your customers' water bills prior to newspaper publication is sufficient notification: Our Annual Drinking Water Quality Report will not be mailed to you, and will be published in the on , 2013. Copies of the report will be sent to you from our office on request.
2. This pre-publication notification must be sent to this office prior to publication.
3. Make sure the newspaper contacts Tyrone Tidwell or Doug Dawson for an electronic copy of the CCR before publishing it. 4. Note to systems publishing the CCR in a newspaper: The CCR enclosed is the actual size as it will appear in the newspaper. Get a cost estimate before committing to newspaper publication.
III. ELECTRONIC DISTRIBUTION The following additional requirements must be met for electronic distribution:
1. A system cannot have any violations for the CCR calendar year.
2. Documentation of the water bill or notification that was delivered to the customers must be delivered to our office.
3. If the water system is aware that its customers are unable to receive CCRs electronically, it must provide a paper CCR using one of the traditional delivery methods.
4. Documentation must be provided that the service area is served by at least one internet service provider. |
5. Notification that the CCR is available on a website must be provided to each customer in writing, either as an insert or printed on the water bill. The water system must provide a direct URL to the CCR.
IV. GOOD FAITH EFFORT TO REACH CONSUMERS WHO DO NOT RECEIVE WATER BILLS EPA requires that your system make a good faith effort to get the CCR to consumers who do not receive water bills, such as renters and out-of-town workers. Some of the methods you may want to use include mailing multiple copies for posting to apartment complexes and large employers.
V. CERTIFICATION FORM
1. The Certification Form must be filled out and sent to our office on or before October 1, 2013. Please fill out and send in this year's Certification Form - not last year's.
2. The Form must also be accompanied by a copy of the CCR you distributed.
3. If you published the CCR in the Newspaper, it must be accompanied by the actual page of the newspaper (NOT A COPY) on which the CCR was printed. Make sure your water system understands and meets the above requirements in order to avoid redistribution of the CCR, and to avoid receiving a violation for inadequate reporting. The Arkansas Department of Health is not responsible for costs incurred as a result of redistribution of your water system's CCR for failure to adhere to each requirement stated above.
ATTN: Tyrone Tidwell 2012 CONSUMER CONFIDENCE REPORT (CCR) CERTIFICATION FORM WATER SYSTEM NAME: MC GEHEE WATERWORKS WATER SYSTEM ID #: 170 4734 Persons IMPORTANT: Attach a complete copy of your water system's CCR exactly as it was distributed to your customers, even if the report was prepared by our office. Reminder: Distribution is based on retail population served, not the number of meters or the population of your city or town. The community water system named above hereby confirms that its Consumer Confidence Report has been distributed to customers (and appropriate notices of availability have been given). Further, the system certifies that the information contained in the report is correct and consistent with the compliance monitoring data previously submitted to the primacy agency.
CERTIFIED BY: Printed Name: ___________________________Title: _______________________
Phone #: ____________ Signature: Our 2012 Consumer Confidence Report was distributed by (check all that apply - don't forget to include dates): 0 Mail or other direct delivery (date) 0 Hand delivery (date) ___________________
Posting in public locations for at least 30 days (date posted): Locations posted: _____________________________________________________________________________
Electronic Distribution Mail - Notification that CCR is available on website via a direct URL Customers were notified of electronic distribution with the following language: Our Annual Drinking Water Quality Report is available on-line at_________.
Copies of the report will be sent to you from our office upon request. 0 Copy of water bill or other notification of the above distribution notification must be sent to this office prior to electronic distribution. Date sent: ______________, 2013.
0 Newspaper publication: Name of newspaper: __________________________________________________
Date published: _______________
Copy of pre-publication notification Date sent: ______________, 2013.
Posting on a publicly accessible Internet site at the address: www.__________________________________________________________________ (date) __________________ Delivery to community organizations (attach a list) (date): Important: We made a "Good Faith Effort" to reach all non-bill receiving customers (such as renters and employees of large employers) was made by (use a supplemental sheet if necessary): ___________________________________________________________________________________________________ Your water system's completed Certification of Distribution (this form) must be received by the Engineering Section by October 1st, 2013. Return the completed form, along with a copy of the Consumer Confidence Report, to the following address:
Arkansas Department of Health Engineering Section, Slot 37
4815 West Markham
Little Rock, AR 72205-3867

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

McGehee Waterworks 2012 Annual Drinking Water Quality Report

We're pleased to present to you this year's Annual Drinking Water Quality Report. This report is designed to inform you about the quality water and services we deliver to you every day. Our goal is to provide you with a safe and dependable supply of drinking water, and we want you to understand, and be involved in, the efforts we make to continually improve the water treatment process and protect our water resources.

Where Does Our Drinking Water Come From? The sources of drinking water (both tap water and bottled water) include rivers, lakes, streams, ponds, reservoirs, springs, and wells. Our sources of water are three wells that pump from the Sparta Sand Aquifer.

How Safe Is The Source Of Our Drinking Water? The Arkansas Department of Health has completed a Source Water Vulnerability Assessment for McGehee Waterworks. The assessment summarizes the potential for contamination of our sources of drinking water and can be used as a basis for developing a source water protection plan. Based on the various criteria of the assessment, our water sources have been determined to have a medium susceptibility to contamination. You may request a summary of the Source Water Vulnerability Assessment from our office.

What Contaminants Can Be In Our Drinking Water? As water travels over the surface of the land or through the ground, it dissolves naturally occurring minerals and, in some cases, 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 stormwater runoff, industrial or domestic wastewater discharges, oil and gas production, mining, or farming; Pesticides and herbicides which may come from a variety of sources such as agriculture, urban stormwater 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 stormwater 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 assure tap water is safe to drink, EPA has 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.

Am I at Risk? All 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. However, 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 small amounts of contamination. These people should seek advice about drinking water from their health care providers. 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. In addition, EPA/CDC guidelines on appropriate means to lessen the risk of infection by microbiological contaminants are also available from the Safe Drinking Water Hotline. Lead and Drinking Water 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. We are 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.

How Can I Learn More About Our Drinking Water? If you have any questions about this report or concerning your water utility, please contact Jackie Walker, Office Manager, or Charles Beasley, Operator 870-222-4114. We want our valued customers to be informed about their water utility. If you want to learn more, please attend any of our regularly scheduled meetings. They are held on the third Friday of each month at 1:30 PM at the Municipal Complex. CCR 12 McGehee Waterworks

Page 2 of 2 TEST RESULTS We routinely monitor for constituents in your drinking water according to Federal and State laws. The test results table shows the results of our monitoring for the period of January 1st to December 31st, 2012. In the table you might find terms and abbreviations you are not familiar with. To help you better understand these terms we’ve provided the following definitions: Action Level – the concentration of a contaminant which, if exceeded, triggers treatment or other requirements which a water system must follow.

Maximum Contaminant Level (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 (MCLG) – unenforceable public health goal; the level of a contaminant in drinking water below which there is no known or expected risk to health. MCLGs allow for a margin of safety.

Maximum Residual Disinfectant Level (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 (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. NA – Not applicable Parts per billion (ppb) – a unit of measurement for detected levels of contaminants in drinking water. One part per billion corresponds to one minute in 2,000 years, or a single penny in $10,000,000. Parts per million (ppm) – a unit of measurement for detected levels of contaminants in drinking water. One part per million corresponds to one minute in two years or a single penny in $10,000.

MICROBIOLOGICAL CONTAMINANTS Contaminant Violation Y/N Level Detected Unit MCLG (Public Health Goal) MCL (Allowable Level) Major Sources in Drinking Water Total Coliform Bacteria N None Present 0 1 positive sample per month Naturally present in the environment

LEAD AND COPPER TAP MONITORING Contaminant Number of Sites over Action Level 90th Percentile Result Unit Action Level Major Sources in Drinking Water Lead 0 <0.003 ppm 0.015 Corrosion from household plumbing systems; erosion of natural deposits Copper 0 0.29 ppm 1.3 We are currently on a reduced monitoring schedule and required to sample once every three years for lead and copper at the customers’ taps. The results above are from our last monitoring period in 2010.

REGULATED DISINFECTANTS Disinfectant Violation Y/N Level Detected Unit MRDLG (Public Health Goal) MRDL (Allowable Level) Major Sources in Drinking Water Chlorine N Average: 0.72 Range: 0.4 – 1.0 ppm 4 4 Water additive used to control microbes BY-PRODUCTS OF

DRINKING WATER DISINFECTION Contaminant Violation Y/N Level Detected Unit MCLG (Public Health Goal) MCL (Allowable Level) HAA5 [Haloacetic Acids] N 18 ppb 0 60 TTHM [Total Trihalomethanes] N 36 ppb NA 80 We are currently on a reduced monitoring schedule and required to sample once every three years for Total Trihalomethanes and Haloacetic Acids in the distribution system. The results above are from our last compliance monitoring period in 2012. Our next compliance monitoring period is in 2015. This institution is an equal opportunity provider and employer.