Annual Drinking Water Quality Report

CONROE OAKS

TX1700727 CONROE OAKS

Annual Water Quality Report for the period of January 1 to December 31, 2018

 This report is intended to provide you with important information about your drinking water and the efforts made by the water system to provide safe drinking water.

 For more information regarding this report contact:

Heather Nehila at 936-321-7721.

 CONROE OAKS is Ground Water

Sources of Drinking 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-occurring minerals and, in some cases, radioactive material, and can pick up substances resulting from the presence of animals or from human activity.

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 EPAs Safe Drinking Water Hotline at (800) 426-4791.

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 storm water 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 storm water 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 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. FDA regulations establish limits for contaminants in bottled water which must provide the same protection for public health.

Contaminants may be found in drinking water that may cause taste, color, or odor problems.  These types of problems are not necessarily causes for health concerns.  For more information on taste, odor, or color of drinking water, please contact the system's business office.

You may be more vulnerable than the general population to certain microbial contaminants, such as Cryptosporidium, in drinking water.  Infants, some elderly, or immunocompromised persons such as those undergoing chemotherapy for cancer; persons who have undergone organ transplants; those who are undergoing treatment with steroids; and people with HIV/AIDS or other immune system disorders, can be particularly at risk from infections. You should seek advice about drinking water from your physician or health care providers additional guidelines on appropriate means to lessen the risk of infection by Cryptosporidium are available from the Safe Drinking Water Hotline (800-426-4791).

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 we 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.

 Information about Source Water Assessments

  No Source Water Assessment for your drinking water source(s) has been conducted by the TCEQ for your water system. The report describes the susceptibility and the types of constituents that may come into contact with your drinking water source based on human activities and natural conditions. The information in this assessment allows us to focus our source water protection strategies. For more information on source water assessments and protection efforts at our system, contact Heather Nehila at 936-321-7721

  For more information about your sources of water, please refer to the Source Water Assessment Viewer available at the following URL:  https://www.tceq.texas.gov/goto/SWAV 

 Further details about sources and source-water assessments are available in Drinking Water Watch at the following URL:  http://dww2.tceq.texas.gov/DWW/   

Source Water Name Type of Water Report Status Location
2 - 12713 ROY HARRIS LOOP GW ACTIVE GULF COAST AQUIFER

Violations

Violation Type Violation Begin Violation End Violation Explanation
FOLLOW-UP OR ROUTINE TAP M/R (LCR) 7/01/2018 2018 We failed to test our drinking water for the contaminant and period indicated. Because of this failure, we cannot be sure of the quality of our drinking water during the period indicated.
WATER QUALITY PARAMETER M/R (LCR) 01/01/2018 06/30/2018 We failed to test our drinking water for the contaminant and period indicated. Because of this failure, we cannot be sure of the quality of our drinking water during the period indicated.
PUBLIC NOTICE RULE NOT LINKED VIOLATION 08/02/2018 2018 We failed to adequately notify you, our drinking water consumers, about a violation of the drinking water regulations.

The Lead and Copper Rule protects public health by minimizing lead and copper levels in drinking water, primarily by reducing water corrosivity. Lead and copper enter drinking water mainly from corrosion of lead and copper containing plumbing materials.

The Public Notification Rule helps to ensure that consumers will always know if there is a problem with their drinking water. These notices immediately alert consumers if there is a serious problem with their drinking water (e.g., a boil water emergency).

Water Quality Test Results

The following tables contain scientific terms and measures, some of which may require explanation.

Definitions: 

Avg:  Regulatory compliance with some MCLs are based on running annual average of monthly samples.

Maximum Contaminant Level or 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 or MCLG: 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 or 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 or 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.

MFL: million fibers per liter (a measure of asbestos)

NA:  not applicable.

NTU: nephelometric turbidity units (a measure of turbidity)

pCi/L: picocuries per liter (a measure of radioactivity)

ppb: micrograms per liter or parts per billion (ug/L) - or one ounce in 7,350,000 gallons of water.

ppm: milligrams per liter or parts per million (mg/L )- or one ounce in 7,350 gallons of water.

ppt: parts per trillion, or nanograms per liter (ng/L)

ppq: parts per quadrillion, or picograms per liter (pg/L)

 

2017 Regulated Contaminants Detected

Lead and Copper

Action Level Goal (ALG):  The level of a contaminant in drinking water below which there is no known or expected risk to health.  ALGs allow for a margin of safety.

Action Level:  The concentration of a contaminant which, if exceeded, triggers treatment or other requirements which a water system must follow.

Lead and Copper Date Sampled MCLG Action Level (AL) 90th Percentile # Sites Over AL Units Violation Likely Source of Contamination
Copper 2018 1.3 1.3 0.184 0 ppm N Erosion of natural deposits; Leaching from wood preservatives; Corrosion of household plumbing systems.
Lead 2018 0 15 1.58 0 ppm N Corrosion of household plumbing systems; Erosion of natural deposits.

Coliform Bacteria

Maximum Contaminant Level Goal Total Coliform Maximum Contaminant Level Highest Number of Positive Fecal Coliform or E.COLI Total No. of Positive E.COLI or Fecal Coliform Samples Violation Likely Source of Contamination
0 1 Positive Monthly Sample 0 Coliform 0 N Naturally present in the environment

2017 Regulated Contaminants

Inorganic Contaminants Collection Date Highest Level Detected Range of Levels Detected MCLG MCL Units Violation Likely Source of Contamination
Barium 2/23/2017 0.233 0.233- 0.233 2 2 ppm N Discharge of drilling wastes; Discharge from metal refineries; Erosion of natural deposits.
Nickel 2/23/2017 .0016 .0016-.0016 -- -- ppm N Erosion of natural deposits.
Volitile Organic Contaminants Collection Date Highest Level Detected Range of Levels Detected MCLG MCL Units Violation Likely Source of Contamination
1,2-Dichloroethane 2/23/2017 1.2 1.2-1.2 0 5 ppb N Discharge from industrial chemical factories.
Toluene 2/23/2017 0.0031 0.0031-0.0031 1 1 ppm N Discharge from petroleum factories.
Radioactive Contaminants Collection Date Highest Level Detected Range of Levels Detected MCLG MCL Units Violation Likely Source of Contamination
Combined Radium 226/228 2018 3 0-3 0 5 pCi/L N Erosion of natural deposits.
Gross alpha excluding radon 2018 8.3 6.5-8.3 0 15 pCi/L N Erosion of natural deposits.
Beta/photon emitters 2018 40.9 4.5-40.9 0 50 pCi/L* N Decay of natural and man-made deposits.

*EPA considers 50 pCi/L to be the level of concern for beta particles.

CONROE OAKS  PWS ID # TX1700727   

DISINFECTANT USE AVERAGE LEVEL MINIMUM LEVEL MAXIMUM LEVEL MRDL MRDLG UNIT OF MEASURE SOURCE OF CHEMICAL
Free Chlorine .60 0.02 1.41 4 <4.0 ppm Water additive used to control microbes
SYSTEM SUSCEPTIBILTY SUMMARY
Asbestos Cyanide Metals Microbial Minerals Radiochemical Sythetic Organic Chemicals Disinfection Byproduct Volatile Organic Chemicals Drinking Water Contaminant Candidate Other
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ENTRY POINT (ID 001) SUSCEPTIBILTY SUMMARY
Asbestos Cyanide Metals Microbial Minerals Radiochemical Sythetic Organic Chemicals Disinfection Byproduct Volatile Organic Chemicals Drinking Water Contaminant Candidate Other
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The SWSA Susceptibility ratings are divided into three divisions: “High”, “Medium”, and “Low”

 Question:  What does “High” mean?

Answer: “High” susceptibility means there are activities near the source water and the natural conditions of the aquifer or watershed make it very likely that chemical constituents may come into contact with the source water.  It does NOT mean there are any health risks present.

Question:  What does “Medium” mean?

Answer: “Medium” susceptibility means there are activities near the source water and the natural conditions of the aquifer or watershed make it somewhat likely that chemical constituents may come into contact with the source water.  It does NOT mean that there are any health risks present.

Question:  What does “Low” mean?

Answer: “Low” susceptibility means there are activities near the source water and the natural conditions of the aquifer or watershed make it unlikely that chemical constituents may come into contact with the source water.  It does NOT mean that there are any health risks present.