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Randolph Drinking Water Quality Report

June 8, 2014 at 12:01 AM

2014 CONSUMER CONFIDENCE REPORT—PWS ID 1432003
Randolph Township Water Department
Morris County, New Jersey

Dear Customer:

We are pleased to present to you the 2014 Consumer Confidence Report as required by the 1996 amendments to the Safe Drinking Water Act. This report is designed to inform you about the quality of water and services we delivered to you for the year 2013.

The Township of Randolph is pleased to report that our drinking water is safe and meets all federal and state requirements.

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Mark of Excellence

We provide our customers an average of 1.4 million gallons of water every day.

Our commitment is to provide you with a safe and dependable supply of drinking water. We collect and test over 300 water samples a year to continually monitor your water quality. Randolph Township is dedicated to delivering drinking water that meets or exceeds state and federal drinking water standards. The township will maintain our aim of providing you with best-quality drinking water.

This report was prepared by the Randolph Township Water Department and is based on analytical data prepared by Garden State Laboratories, Aqua Pro Laboratories and the results of the Morris County Municipal Utilities Authority 2014 Consumer Confidence Report.

Community Involvement

The Randolph Township Council makes decisions regarding our water system. The council meets regularly at the municipal building which is located at 502 Millbrook Avenue. You are invited to take part in the public meetings, which are generally held on the 1st and last Thursday of each month at 7:00 p.m. To confirm meeting dates and time please visit our office or call the township clerk’s office at 973.989.7043.

In the event of a water emergency:

  • During business hours, please call the engineering department at 973.989.7066.
  • After business hours, please call the Randolph Police Department at 973.989.7000.

Internet Information—Source Water Assessment Report

The New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP) has completed and issued the Source Water Assessment Report and Summary for this public water system, which is available at http://www.state.nj.us/dep/swap  or by contacting the NJDEP, Bureau of Safe Drinking Water at 609.292.5550. For a brief summary of this report please see Page 7.

Where Does My Water Come from and How is My Water Treated?

Our water is purchased from the Morris County Municipal Utilities Authority (MCMUA). The MCMUA continually sample and test their source water and treatment process to maintain high water quality standards. Their source is ground water, treated with sodium hypochlorite for disinfection and lime for pH adjustment.

The MCMUA water source is known as the Alamatong well fields. There are six wells located in Randolph and Chester townships and two wells in Flanders Valley located in Mount Olive and Roxbury townships. These wells draw from the Upper and Lower Stratified Glacier Drift and the Lower Liethsville Limestone Formations.

The MCMUA has provided to us their 2014 Consumer Confidence Report that indicates that concentrations of all the monitored contaminants did not exceed federal or state action levels. In addition to MCMUA monitoring, we provide additional monitoring to assure your water quality.

A source water protection plan that provides more information, such as potential sources of contamination, is available for review at the MCMUA office located at 300 Mendham Road, Morris Township, NJ.

Special Health Information

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 infections. These people should seek advice about drinking water from their health care providers. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)/Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidelines on appropriate means to lessen the risk of infection by cryptosporidium and other microbiological contaminants are available from the Safe Drinking Water Hotline at 800.426.4791.

Substances Expected to be in Drinking Water

In order to ensure that tap water is safe to drink, the EPA prescribes regulations limiting the amount of certain contaminants in water provided by the public water systems. U.S. Food and Drug Administration regulations establish limits for contaminants in bottled water, which must provide the same protection for public health. 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.

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 can acquire naturally occurring minerals, in some cases, radioactive material, and 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 storm runoff, industrial or domestic wastewater discharges, oil and gas production, mining, or farming;
  • Organic Chemical Contaminants, including synthetic and volatile organics, 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;
  • Pesticides and Herbicides, which may come from a variety of sources such as agriculture, stormwater runoff, and residential uses.

For more information about contaminants and potential health effects, please call the U.S. EPA’s Safe Drinking Water Hotline at 1.800.426.4791.

Water Conservation Tips

Water conservation measures are an important first step in protecting our water supply. Such measures not only save the supply of our source water but can also save you money by reducing your water bill.

Conservation measures you can use inside your home include:

  • Fix leaking faucets, pipes, toilets, etc.
  • Replace old fixtures; install water-saving devices in faucets, toilets and appliances.
  • Wash only full loads of laundry.
  • Take shorter showers.
  • Do not let the water run while shaving or brushing your teeth.
  • Soak dishes before washing.
  • Run the dishwasher only when full.

You can conserve outdoors as well:

From May 1 through September 30 each year, residential lawn watering shall be permitted as follows for properties served by public water:

  • Watering of properties having even numbered street addresses shall be permitted on the even numbered days of the month.
  • Watering of properties having odd numbered street addresses shall be permitted on the odd numbered days of the month.
  • No watering shall be permitted on the 31st day of the month.
  • These restrictions shall apply only to properties which receive water provided by the Township of Randolph and the Town of Dover.
  • Watering on the above dates shall be permitted during the hours from 5:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. and from 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. only.
  • Use mulch around plants and shrubs.
  • Repair leaks in faucets and hoses.
  • Use water-saving nozzles.
  • Use water from a bucket to wash your car, and save the hose for rinsing.

Important Information About Your Drinking Water

Monitoring Requirements NOT Met for the Morris County Municipal Utilities Authority

The Morris County Municipal Utilities Authority (MCMUA) violated a drinking standard in 2013. Even though this was not an emergency, as their customers, you have a right to know what happened and what the MCMUA did to correct these situations.

The MCMUA is required to monitor your drinking water for specific contaminants on a regular basis. Results of regular monitoring are an indicator of whether or not their drinking water meets health standards. During the year 2013 the MCMUA inadvertently did not complete all monitoring for nitrate, therefore it cannot be sure of the quality of their drinking water during that time. The MCMUA has eight active wells. They missed a nitrate sample at two of these wells in 2013.

What Should You Do?

There is nothing you need to do at this time.

The table below lists the contaminants the MCMUA did not properly test for during 2013, how often they are suppose to sample for nitrate and how many samples they are suppose to take, how many samples they did take, when samples should have been taken, and when follow-up samples were taken.

Contaminant Required Sampling Frequency Number of Samples Taken When All Samples Should Have Been Taken When Samples Were or Will be Taken Nitrate 1 yearly sample per well 6 (8 required) 2013 2014
ppm:
Parts Per Million (equivalent to milligrams per liter mg/L) is a representation of the concentration of the constituent. One ppm corresponds to one minute in two years or a single penny in $10,000.
MCL:
Maximum Contaminant Level is the highest level of a contaminant that is allowed in drinking water. MCLs are set as close to MCLGs as feasible using the best available treatment technology.
MCLG:
Maximum Contaminant Level Goal is 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.

Nitrate in drinking water at levels above 10 ppm is a health risk for infants of less than six months of age. High nitrate levels in drinking water can cause baby blue syndrome. Nitrate levels may rise quickly for short periods of time because of rainfall or agricultural activity. If you are caring for an infant you should ask advice from your health care provider.

All prior and subsequent nitrate sample test results from these wells have been in compliance.

For more information, please contact the MCMUA at 973.285.8385.

Date distributed by the MCMUA: March 2014

 

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