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News Outlook Your Hometown Newspaper June 05, 2014 - 9 SCHOOL NEWS Making the best of r ake-up days Campbellsville University Photo by Linda Waggener Bath County School System teachers receive a Camp- bellsville University Excellence in Teaching Award from Dr. Donna Hedgepath, Dean of the School of Educa- tion, at left, and Dr. Frank Cheatham, senior vice president for academic affairs, at far right. Teachers, beginning from left, are Michelle Bloomfield, of Bath County Middle School; and William Fields, of Bath County High School. ,z. t if .i Bus&apos;drivers Mike and Missy Gintar work on bus route Ifmmation while making up a snow day from this win- ter. School was out 26 weather related days this year. The drivers have nine days to make up this year and made up one of them on Memorial Day. It was a very productive day and they accomplished some things that will help them become better bus drivers and transport our children as safe as possible. A school bus is considered to be eight times safer that a passenger carte transport children. Submitted by Burnsy Stewart Sue Daviswith KEDC, Kentucky Educational Develop- ment Corporation out of Ashland provided a training on leadership to Bath County Schools bus drivers as one of their make-up days on election day. Ms. Davis has been a teacher, middle school principal, high school principal, West Virginia legislature and now a speaker. Her background in education was a great asset when relating to bus drivers. She had great stories to tell while making her points. It was an excellent training for the drivers and they learned several techniques they can use on their bus routes in the future. SAINT JOSEPH MOUNT STERLING FOUNDATION FUNDS NEW SURGICAL SUITE The Saint Joseph Mount Sterling Foundation board of directors recently ap- proved funding for a new addition to Saint Joseph Mount Sterling, part of KentuckyOne Health. Construction is under- way to create a new sur- gical suite in the medical office building adjacent to the hospital. The suite should be completed later this summer. The nearly $500,000 project is com- pletely funded by donations to the Saint Joseph Mount Sterling Foundation. The Saint Joseph Mount Sterling Foundation is a non-profit corporation whose purpose is to raise and administer funds to support the core values and strategic plan of Saint Joseph Mount Sterling. To assist the ministries of Saint Joseph, the Saint Joseph Mount Sterling Foundation conducts a va- i riety of fundraising events and activities, including an annual golf tournament planned for June 19, 2014. The foundation works to fund and support the pro- grams and services that build healthier communi- ties. 2013 Report on Water Quality for the City of Owingsville Water Works PWS #0060338 THIS REPORT CONTAINS INFORMATION ABOUT YOUR DRINKING WATER Why Am I Receiving this Report? This report discusses the quality of the water delivered to your tap by Owingsville Water Works. We strive to produce the best qual- ity of water possible. This means we want you to always have water that has a dean taste, is crisp and dear in appearance, always has a pleasant smell and is safe and healthful to drink. Where Does Your Water Come From In 2013 we purchased all of our water from Bath County Water District. In turn, this water comes to Bath Count), Water District from the Morehead Utility Plant Board. Below is a discussion for the susceptibility to contamination for your water. Morehead Utility Plant Board Water Delivered to You via Bath County Water District This water comes from the Licking River, a surface water source in Rowan County. Activities and land uses upstream of Morehead's source water can pose potential risks to your drinking water. Under certain circumstances, contaminants could be released that would pose challenges to water treatment or even pass into your drinking water. "lhese activities and how they are conducted, are Of interest to the entire community because they potentially affect your health and the cost of treating your water. Activities im- mediately upstream of this water supply intake are of special concern beceause they provide little response time to the water ystein operators. An analysis of the susceptibility of the Morehead Utility Plant Board's raw water supply to contamination is moderate. There are a few areas of high concerns near the water withdrawal site. Farming sites in the area present the possibility for the impact from the application of pesticides and fertilizer. Bridges and major roadways used to access the Cave Run Lake recreation area also pose a threat to the intake should an accidental spill of harmful substance be released into the water source. Another source of potential concern is a small wastewater treatment plant located in the area. A small commercial airport with two underground fuel storage tanks is also considered to be a site of concern. Other sites of medium concern indude a marina, a fish hatchery, an underground furl storage tank at a small grocery/gas station, and a manufacutring industry. The complete source water assessmem is available at the Morehead water treatment plant. What Does the Water Treatment Plant Do to Your Water After pumping the Water from the Licking River, it is treated with processes that remove any objectionable tastes or odors and then disinfected with chlorine before pumping it to our customers. These processes primarily achieve filtration and disinfection of the water. This helps to remove any harmful chemicals, bacteria and other microorganisms that might be in the water. If You Have Questions or Want to Get Involved Questions about this report or operation of the water plant can be directed to Mr. Steve Faudere at 674-6361. The Owingsvfile City Council is the governing body for the Water Works and meets at the Owingsville City Hall at 7:00 p.m. on the second Monday of each month. Understanding This Report In order to help you understand this report, we want you to understand a few terms and abbreviations that are contained in it. Maximum Contaminant Level Goal (MCEGI: It is the level of a contaminant in drinking water below which there is no known or expected risk to health. MCLGs allmv fur a margin of safety: Maximum Contaminant Level (MCLJ: 'Ibis is the highest level of a contaminant that is allowed in drinking water. MCLs are set as dose to the MCLGs as feasible using the best available treatment technology. Maximum Residual Disinfectant Level (MRDL]: Is the highest level of a disinfectant allowed in. drinking water. There is convincing evidence that the addition of a disinfectant is nessary for control of microbial contaminants. t" Maximum Residual Disinfectant Level Goal (MRDLG/: Is the level of a drinking water disinfectant below which there is no known or expected risk to health. MRDLG's do not reflect the benefits of the use of disinfectants to control microbial contaminants. Action Level (ALl: An action level is the concemration of a contanlinant ",hich, if exceeded, triggers treatment or other require- ments which a water system must follow. .1: means Nephelometric Turbidity Units and is a measure of turbidity (cloudiness). PPM: means parts per million or milligrams per liter and is a measure of the concentration of a contaminant. PPB." means parts per billion or micrograms per liter and is a measure of the concentration of a contaminent. .... _ " -" _ : is a required process intended to reduce the level of a contaminent in drinking water. means picocuries'per liter and is a measure of radioactivity. means miUirems per year and is a measure of radiation absorbed by the body. N/A means not applicable for this item. RKA means the running annual average. Specific information for water quality test results is shown in the table below. Results designated with a "M" represent water produced by Morehead Utility Plant Board, results designated with an "B" represent water delivered via Bath County Water District and results designated with a "O" represent water delivered from Owingsville Water Works. Note that not all contaminants were necessarib/detected by both systems and so data for a particular contaminant may appear for orly one system. Also note that for some contaminants (chlorine, copper, and lead) the actual distribution system date is only given 'for Owingsvine since the informa- tion is most representative of water quality at your tap. Most of the results are from monitoring during the 2013 calender year. However, sore contaminants are not required to he monitored on an annual basis and so the results may be from prior years. S. cial la[ornm on Lr, ad .resent, elevated leve,k of lead can cause serious health problems, especially for pregnant women and young children. Lead in d/Inking water is primarily from materials and components associated with se'ice lines and home plumbing. Owingsville Water Works 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 ),our 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 Hofline or at http://www.epa.gov/safewaterflead. I I I I Regulated Volatile Organic Compounds (VOC's) Trihalomethanes .- THMs (ppb) Haloacetic Acids - HAA5 (ppb) ( Inurganics Asbestos (MFL) i Barium (ppm) N/A 80 M67 M34-122 059 O51-68 (Highest (individual RAA) sites) N/A 60 M47 M29-74 042 O35-48 (Highest (individual RAA) sites) ga0000eof Ivio,0000onloate00s, ofl Detections Samples NO Quarterly in 2013 7 7 B 0.102 N/A NO 2 2 M 0.018 N/A NO 4 4  M 1.08 0.63-1.71 NO NO Quarterly in2013 Typical Source of Contaminants By-product of drinking water chlorination (disinfection). By-product of dtinking water chlorination (disinfection) 10/2011 3/2013 10/2013 Decay of asbestos'cement water mains; erosion of natural deposits: Discharge of drilling wastes; ero- sion of natural deposits Erosion of natural deposits; water additive that promotes strong teeth Fluoride (ppm) R Copper m (ppm) 30 NO 7_/.20! 2 Corrosion of household plumb I I I B0.38 I aboveAL I [ 7/2013 [ ing sYstems; Erosion of natural I I 1 00") 27 I I 16/211 I deposits;Leachingfromwood Lead (ppb) I hold plumb- [ [ I B3 (90th I stems; Erosion of natural I I I  Leaching from wood Nitrate (ppm) izer Use; leading [ [ [ I I I c tank'wag e; ersin of natural deposits Microbiological and Rdated Compounds Total coliform 0 1 B1 0-0 '- NO NIA " Runoff from fertilizer use; leaching bacteria (# I I I I I I I 'from septic tanks; sewage erosion samples)r % positive of natural deposits Volatile Disinfection Compounds Water additive used to control microbes Radiological Contaminants Combined Ra-  dium (pCi(L) Microbiological and Related Contaminants q Total Organic TT ,06-2.04 I NO Monthly Carbon (mea- below [(lowest I [ lin2013 I sured as ppm but reported as a ratio Particulate Contaminants Turbidity (NTU) M7.6 was highest See Footnote 2 single measurement in below 2013 when 100% of all samples <0.3 95% of all month- ly samples must be <0.3 NTU and no samples >t NTU (TT) Erosion of natural deposits and urban stormwater runff. 1- Treatment technique (TT) is based on the lowest running annual aveage of the ratios of the % Total Organic Carbon (TOC) achieved to the TOC removal required. A minimum ratio of 1,00 is required to meet the TT. 2- Turbidity is a measure of the cloudiness of the water. We monitor it because it is a good indicator of the effectiveness of our filtra- tion system. Turbidity has no health effects. However, turbidity can interfere with disinfection and provide a medium for microbial growth. Turbidity may indicate the presence of disease causing organisms, These organisms include bacteria, viruses and parasites that can cause symptoms such as nausea, cramps, diarrhea and associated headaches. Violations Owingsville Water Works received two 2) violations in 2013. One violation was for failure to include the 90th percentile copper and lead analytical results in the CCr for 2012. The sampling was conducted in 2011 and should have been included int he 2012 CCR. The City has addressed this recordkeeping failure by updating the method in which records are maintained. The second viola- tion was for failure to conduct a public notice for a violation of total coliform in 2012. In 2012, the City failed to report the required number of routine bacteriological samples for February and October 2012. The correct number of samples were taken in each of those months and reported however in each case, one of the samples was submitted late due to laboratory errors. While the quality of our water was not impacted by these violations, we are making every effort to insure that these problems do not recur. We have required the lab to make improvements in their reporting processes so that similar problems are avoided in the future. Why are there contaminants in my water? 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 occuring minerals, and, in some cases, radioactive material, and can pick up substances resulting from the presence of animals or from human activity. Contaminants that may be in source water before treatment include: Microbial contaminants, such as viruses and bacteria, that may come from sewage treatment plants, septic systems, agricultural livestock operations and wildlife. Inorganic contaminants, such as salts and metals, that can be naturally occmring or result from urban stormwater runoff, industrial of domestic wastewater discharges, off and gas production, mining, or farming. Pesticides ond herbicides, that may come from a variety of sources such as agriculture, stormwater runoff and residential uses. Organic chentical contaminants, including synthetic and volatile organic chemicals which are by-products of industrial processes and petroleum productinn, and can come from gas stations, urban stormwater runoff, and septic systems. Radioactive contaminants, that can be naturally occuring or the result of off and gas prodhction or mining. In order to ensure that your water is safe to drink, EPA prescribes regulations that limit the amount of certain contaminants in water provided by water systems FDA regulations establish limits for contaminants in bottled water that must provide the same" protections for public health. Drinking water, including bottle 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 Enviroumcntal Protek-ion Agencs Se g (ater Ho'fline at 1-800- 4264791.  ' j ( " .  "!: 'i=: :''::::- C-:C " Do I need to take any special precautions? * Some people may be more vulnerable to contaaninants 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 H/V/ 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 at I800)-426- 4791. Este informe contiene informacion muy importante sobre su aqua beber. Traduzcalo o hable con alguien que lo intienda bien. Please note that this report will not be mailed to you unless requested. If you would like a copy marled to you contact us at the water office at 606-674-6361. Published by the Bath County-News Outlook 06.05.14.