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CONSUMER CONFIDENCE REPORTS (CCRs)
Drinking Water is
a concern for everybody in the United States and around the world. Drinking
water must be protected, preserved, and conserved. Only 1% of the water on Earth
is fresh water, and therefore, drinkable.
Environmental Protection Agency (U.S. EPA), and the State of Washington
government agencies, and your Summit Water are making significant efforts to
inform you about your drinking water.
The Safe Drinking
Water Act (SDWA) was developed and became law in December 1974. The SDWA was
amended in 1986 to include regulating 25 new contaminants every 3 years. As a
result of these 1986 amendments and the Citizens Right-To-Know Initiative the Consumer
Confidence Reports (CCRs) became a
requirement in the 1996 SDWA amendments.
October, 1999, we at Summit Water were required by federal and state regulations
to provide you with a CCR.
Annually you must receive a CCR by July 1st. The
CCR is similar to a nutrition label for water. Summit Water is required to
report the following:
your drinking water (Common Name, including whether it is surface water,
ground water, or a combination of both)
to contamination based on Source Water Assessments (SWA)
sources of contamination that may effect your water source) How to
obtain a copy of the SWA ? (Your can obtain a copy of the SWA from your
state government agency in 2003).
source and potential health effects to you if contaminant(s) are
detected (Health effects language is required to explain the effects of
statement for vulnerable populations (HIV, immune deficient patients)
about avoiding Cryptospordium.
is required on nitrate, arsenic, and lead if detected above 50% of EPA's
information about other state and federal drinking water requirements.
Drinking Water Hotline Number 1-800-426-4791
delivers the CCRs to you, through the mail, public postings, and beginning in
2001 posting a copy on the Internet. Additional copies may be obtained at the
Company office, or downloading from the Company website. If you would like
additional information on the SDWA and/or more information on the purpose and
materials which are to be addressed in the CCR, please contact the Safe Drinking
Water Hotline at 1-800-426-4791.
- NON-POTABLE WATER USE
POLICY NO. 7.10
shall not be used for any purpose for other than what is stated in the
referenced section of the Uniform Fire Code. Therefore, no water shall be
withdrawn from any fire hydrant for construction purposes, roadway cleaning or
parking lot sweeping, or any non-fire protection purpose, other than flushing of
mains by Summit Water personnel.
The use of
potable water for the parking lot, street sweeping, construction purposes, etc.,
shall be allowed, when and where available, only when the Manager has determined
there is adequate supply available, that there is no adverse effect on water
quality, and the use conforms to the best use of the resource.
Off Assembly - Used for flushing a water main, or on high elevation
point of the water main system, used to relieve air from the water main.
New installations are placed in the meter box, to improve protection and
make it less visible.
Flushing from a hydrant, also for performing hydrant flow.
of withdrawal for non-fire use shall be established by the Company, with proper
valves, caps and other appliances as deemed necessary by the Company.
All water withdrawals shall be in conformance with the protection of surface
water as required by Pierce County Ordinance 96-46S2, Chapter 18C.10.
commencing such usage, a request shall be made to the Company and a cash
payment shall be made in the amount established by the Board of Directors as a
use charge. An account shall be established, and a deposit of funds placed for
the estimated volume of water to be used for the project, at a rate to be
established by the Board of Directors. All use shall be metered, and if it is
determined by the Manager to meter is impractical, a charge shall be fixed by
service is supplied, for any purpose other than fire fighting, a charge shall be
made which reflects the full cost of providing said service and encourages the
conservation of the resource for the best use of our members.
fees and charges:
A permit must
be obtained prior to the use of any approved connection to the Company
system. The proposed use must be disclosed at the time of the permit
application. The Manager shall determine what type of backflow protection must
be provided. Any direct connection must be authorized by the Company and be
operated by trained personnel in accordance with established water industry
practices. Direct use of water main connections, such as a blow-off shall not be
used for filling swimming pools.
contractor or customer refuses to pay the invoiced amount, the Manager shall
cause the water service, to the benefited premises, to be discontinued until
full payment is received.
A penalty, of an
amount established by the Board of Directors, shall be levied for unauthorized
use of the Company water, and the Manager shall cause the water service to the
benefited premises or the business location of the unauthorized taker of the
water to be discontinued until the payment for all fees, charges and penalties
are received in full by the Company. SEC710r
Protect Our Water !
The following is an eMail
received from Pierce County Public Works.
Click on the links underlined
below or copy them to your Browser's address bar.
Water in our streams and
rivers head to lakes and oceans and perk into the ground down through the many
layers of soil and into underground lakes known as aquifers. Pollution in these
waters will make their way to our faucets too. Rain water washes these polluting
materials into these water courses as well as perking into soils.
Sent: Tue, Nov 17, 2009 3:56 pm
Subject: New Web site shows where the
storm water goes
Nov. 17, 2009
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
When the rain lands on your roof
or driveway, you can hear it run through the gutter or watch it run down the
You might be surprised to see
where it goes next. And that knowledge could encourage Pierce County residents
to better understand how their daily actions impact our local waterways.
Using innovative GIS technology,
Pierce County has launched a Web site that enables residents to choose an
address on a map and track the flow of water as it leaves their property. This
water, called stormwater, picks up pollutants such as yard chemicals, pet waste
and car oil leaks as it flows over our yards, driveways and streets.
The site, called Where Does the
Water Go?, is among new or enhanced online tools that Pierce County operates
for the public to better understand the environment around them. The County is
unveiling the sites in coordination with GIS Day 2009, a global event that
highlights the benefits of global information systems to address planning,
emergency and environmental issues.
The stormwater site, found at
enables users to pinpoint an address or location on a map, and then GIS
technology calculates the direction and flow of stormwater based on topography.
It traces the water's path as it flows to ditches, ponds, lakes, streams, rivers
and Puget Sound.
"By better understanding where
stormwater runoff goes, Pierce County residents can help prevent water
pollution, flooding and other impacts to our local waterways," said Pierce
County Executive Pat McCarthy. "This is a great resource for us all to see how
our daily activities affect the natural resources that make this such a
wonderful place to live, work and play."
The stormwater site is just the
latest example of Pierce County's use of GIS technology on behalf of its
The County's Public GIS site,
has been enhanced to include aerial photographs that are adjusted for
topography, lens distortion and camera tilt to provide a more accurate
representation of the Earth's surface. Known as orthophotos, these resources
provide students, businesses and the general public with greater detail about
physical features in their communities.
The County's GIS Division Web site
has been improved to showcase new GIS projects and upcoming activities
throughout the region. It also provides links to many of the most-used Pierce
County Web sites that feature GIS and mapping.
"Pierce County is a leader among
governments in using GIS technology to improve services to its citizens," said
Linda Gerull, interim director of the Information Technology Department. "More
than 100 clients subscribe to our pay services, including cities, engineering
firms and government agencies. GIS Day is a great opportunity for the public to
see real-world applications of this technology."
These Web sites are launched today
by Pierce County in recognition of International GIS Day, celebrated worldwide
on Nov. 18. It began in 1999 and is held each year on the Wednesday of National
Geographic Society's Geography Awareness Week. A GIS is a computer-based mapping
tool that takes information from a database about a location, such as streets,
buildings, water features, and terrain, and turns it into visual layers. The
ability to see geographic features on a map gives users a better understanding
of a particular location, enabling planners, analysts, and others to make
informed decisions about their communities.
GIS Day is principally sponsored
by the National Geographic Society, the Association of American Geographers, the
University Consortium for Geographic Information Science, the United State
Geological Survey, and the Library of Congress. More information is available at
Contact: Teresa Lewis, Surface Water Management outreach coordinator,
253-798-2480; or Linda Gerull, Information Technology director, 253-798-4923