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proposition 218 notification

notice to property owners of public hearing

on proposed water rates

Hearing Date and Time:     October 23, 2012, at 5:00 p.m.

Hearing Location:                Pinedale County Water District Office

480 W. Birch

Pinedale, CA 93650

 

 

Why are you receiving this Notice?

This Notice is being furnished to you by the Pinedale County Water District pursuant to Article 13d of the California Constitution, commonly known as “Proposition 218.”  Under the terms of Proposition 218, the District is required to notify property owners of proposed changes to property – related fees such as water fees.  This letter serves as notice that the Pinedale County Water District will hold a public hearing on October 23, 2012, at 5:00 p.m., to consider changes in its current water rates.

What do water rates fund?

The District provides water service to more than 2800 customers (commercial and residential) within the District boundaries.  All revenue generated from your water bill is used to maintain and operate the water system.  These revenues must meet the costs of providing water service such as electricity, chemicals, maintenance, capital improvements, and salaries and benefits for District staff and cannot be used for general governmental services.

What is the Basis for the Change?

The District recently completed a comprehensive water rate study.  This study identified the need for investment in the District’s water system primarily in the replacement of aging pipes and other equipment and the development of a new water well in order to maintain a safe and reliable water system.  A copy of the water rate study is available for review at the District office located at 480 W. Birch Avenue, Pinedale, California, and online at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

New Water Rates.

Under the proposed rates, water rates for all customers would increase by approximately 20% each year beginning the fiscal year 2012-2013 through fiscal year 2015-2016.  As shown on the table below:

Table 1 - Proposed Water Rate Schedule

 

Proposed Residential Water Rates

Proposed Rates

Present

FY 12/13

FY 13/14

FY 14/15

FY 15/16

Rates

Rates

Rates

Rates

Rates

Water Use Base per Month-

When Metered - Includes 1,000 CF

$11.50

$13.80

$16.60

$19.90

$23.90

Flat Rate Per Month - (Unmetered)

$11.50

$13.80

$16.60

$19.90

$23.90

Consumption Charge Per CCCF (Metered)

$4.00

$4.80

$5.80

$6.90

$8.30

Proposed Commercial Water Rates

Water Use Base per Month -

1" Meter

$11.50

$13.80

$16.60

$19.90

$23.90

1 1/2" Meter

$13.00

$15.60

$18.70

$22.50

$27.00

2"Meter

$19.00

$22.80

$27.30

$32.80

$39.40

3" Meter

$27.00

$32.40

$38.90

$46.70

$56.05

4" Meter

$35.00

$42.00

$50.40

$60.40

$72.40

6" Meter

$51.00

$61.20

$73.50

$88.20

$105.90

Flat Rate Per Month - ( 1")

$11.50

$13.80

$16.60

$19.90

$23.90

Consumption Charge Per CCCF -

$4.00

$4.80

$5.80

$6.90

$8.30

Proposed Landscape Water Rates

Water Use Base per Month -

3/4" to 2" meter

$9.00

$10.80

$12.90

$15.40

$18.50

Flat Rate Per Month - (Unmetered)

$9.00

$10.80

$12.90

$15.40

$18.50

Consumption Charge Per CCCF -

$4.00

$4.80

$5.80

$6.90

$8.30

 

 

 

Proposed Institutional (School) Water Rates

School Special per Month (1)

$27.00

$32.40

$38.88

$46.60

$55.99

$37.00

$44.40

$53.28

$63.94

$76.73

$59.00

$70.80

$84.96

$101.95

$122.34

$104.00

$124.80

$149.76

$179.71

$215.65

 

 

Impact on your bill.

For a typical single family home rates would increase from the current rate of $11.50 per month to $13.80 for the 2012-2013 fiscal year, $16.60 for the 2013-2014 fiscal year, $19.90 for the 2014-2015 fiscal year and $23.90 for the 2015-2016 fiscal year.  See Table 1 of this notice details the proposed rate changes.

When will the new rates be effective?

If approved, the new rates will be effective January 1, 2013.

How do I protest?

Under Proposition 218, new water rates are subject to majority protest, which means if a majority of impacted property owners submit written protests against the increase, the District cannot institute the new rates.  Written protests against the proposed rate change must sufficiently identify the parcel or parcels in which the party signing has an interest in and include the signature(s) of the property owner(s).  If the party signing a protest is not the owner of the parcel(s) listed on the last equalized assessment rolls of Fresno county then the protest must contain or be accompanied by evidence that the party signing the protest is the owner of the parcel(s).  All written protests must be mailed or delivered to 480 W. Birch, Pinedale, California 93650.  To be valid, a protest must be in writing and received by the Secretary of the Pinedale County Water District at or before the time of the protest hearing.  At the public hearing, which will be held which will be held on October 23, 2012, the District shall consider all protests against the proposed new rates.  If written protests against the proposed rates are presented by a majority of owners of the identified parcels, the District shall not impose the new water rates.

NOTIFICACIÓN De La Proposición 218

AVISO A LOS PROPIETARIOS sobre AUDIENCIA PÚBLICA

con respecto a TARIFAS DE AGUA

fecha de Audiencia y hora: 23 de octubre de 2012, a las 5:00 pm

lugar de Audiencia: Oficina del distrito (pcwd)

480 W. Birch

Pinedale, CA 93650

¿Por qué está usted recibiendo esta notificación?

Este aviso se le esta propoicionando a usted por su proveedor del agua P.C.W.D. en conformidad con el artículo 13 d de la Constitución de California, comúnmente conocida como "Proposición 218". Bajo los términos de la Proposición 218, el Distrito está obligado a notificar a los propietarios de los propuestos cambios a la propiedad, tales como los relacionados a las tarifas de agua. Esta carta sirve como aviso de que su proveedor P.C.W.D. llevará a cabo una audiencia pública el 23 de Octubre 2012, a las 5:00 pm, para considerar cambios a sus presentes tarifas de agua.

¿Qué proporcionan las tarifas de agua?

El Distrito provee servicio de agua a más de 2800 clientes (residencial y comercial) dentro de los límites del Distrito. Todos los ingresos generados a partir de la factura del agua se utilizan para mantener y operar el sistema de agua. Estos ingresos deben cumplir con los costos de la prestación del servicio de agua como la electricidad, productos químicos, mantenimiento, mejoras de capital, y los salarios y beneficios para el personal del Distrito y no se pueden utilizar para los servicios generales del gobierno.

¿a Qué se debe este cambio?

El Distrito completó recientemente un estudio del agua tarifaria integral. Este estudio identificó la necesidad de inversión en el sistema de agua del Distrito principalmente en la sustitución de tuberías viejas y otros equipos y el desarrollo de un nuevo pozo de agua con el fin de mantener un sistema de agua segura y confiable. Una copia del estudio de tarifas de agua está disponible para su revisión en la oficina del Distrito ubicada en la avenida 480 W. Birch, Pinedale, California, y en línea en pcwdonline.com.

Nuevas tarifas de agua.

En virtud de las tarifas propuestas, las tarifas del agua para todos los clientes se incrementaría en aproximadamente un 20% cada año, comenzando el año fiscal 2012-2013 hasta el año fiscal 2015-2016. Como se muestra en la siguiente tabla:

Tabla 1 - Lista de propuestas Tarifas de Agua

 

Tarifas Propuestas

 

Tarifa

AF 12/13

AF 13/14

AF 14/15

AF 15/16

 

Actual

Tarifa

Tarifa

Tarifa

Tarifa

 

Base de Agua uso por mes-

Cuando medido - Incluye 1,000 CF

$11.50

$13.80

$16.60

$19.90

$23.90

 

Tarifa plana por mes - (tarifa plana)

$11.50

$13.80

$16.60

$19.90

$23.90

Consumo de carga por el CCCF (medido)

$4.00

$4.80

$5.80

$6.90

$8.30

 

PROPUESTAS DE TARIFAS DE AGUA COMERCIALES

 

Consumo de agua por mes -

 

≤ 1" MEDIDOR

$11.50

$13.80

$16.60

$19.90

$23.90

 

1 1/2" MEDIDOR

$13.00

$15.60

$18.70

$22.50

$27.00

 

2" MEDIDOR

$19.00

$22.80

$27.30

$32.80

$39.40

 

3" MEDIDOR

$27.00

$32.40

$38.90

$46.70

$56.05

 

4" MEDIDOR

$35.00

$42.00

$50.40

$60.40

$72.40

 

6" MEDIDOR

$51.00

$61.20

$73.50

$88.20

$105.90

 

TARIFA PLANA POR MES - (≤ 1 ")

$11.50

$13.80

$16.60

$19.90

$23.90

Consumo de carga por el CCCF (medido)

$4.00

$4.80

$5.80

$6.90

$8.30

 

PROPUESTAS DE TARIFAS PARA USO DE IRRIGACIóN

 

BASE DE AGUA USO POR MES -

3/4" to 2" Medidor

$9.00

$10.80

$12.90

$15.40

$18.50

 

TARIFA PLANA POR MES - (TARIFA PLANA)

$9.00

$10.80

$12.90

$15.40

$18.50

Consumo de carga por el CCCF (medido)

$4.00

$4.80

$5.80

$6.90

$8.30

 

PROPUESTAS INSTITUCIONALES (ESCUELA) TARIFAS DE AGUA

 

ESCUELA ESPECIAL POR MES (1)

$27.00

$32.40

$38.88

$46.60

$55.99

$37.00

$44.40

$53.28

$63.94

$76.73

 

$59.00

$70.80

$84.96

$101.95

$122.34

 

$104.00

$124.80

$149.76

$179.71

$215.65

 

 

Impacto en su factura.

La tarifa tipico para un solo hogar familiar aumentaría de la actual tasa de $ 11.50 por mes a $ 13.80 para el año Fiscal 2012-2013, $ 16.60 para el año Fiscal 2013-2014, $ 19.90 para el año Fiscal 2014-2015 y 23.90 dólares para el año Fiscal 2015 - 2016. Véase la Tabla 1 notificación donde se detallon los cambios propuestos en las tasas.

¿Cuándo entraran en  efecto las nuevas tarifas?

Si se aprueba, las nuevas tarifas serán efectivas 01 de Enero 2013.

¿Cómo puedo protestar?

Bajo la Proposición 218, las nuevas tarifas de agua están sujetas a la protesta de la mayoría, lo que significa que si la mayoría de los propietarios afectados presentan por escrito la protesta contra el aumento, el Distrito no puede establecer las nuevas tarifas. Las protestas escritas contra el cambio en las tasas propuestas lo suficientemente deben identificar la parcela o parcelas en las que la firma de las afectados tiene interés es incluyendo la firma (s) del propietario (s). Si el firmante de la protesta no es el propietario de la parcela (s) como figura en las planillas de evaluación como estan asentadas con el Condado de Fresno, la protesta debe contener o ir acompañada de pruebas de que el firmante de la protesta es el dueño de la parcela (s ). Todas las protestas por escrito deben ser enviadas o entregadas a 480 W. Birch, Pinedale, California 93650. Para que sea válido, la protesta deberá hacerse por escrito y recibida por la Secretaria del Distrito de Agua del Condado de Pinedale en o antes de la hora de la audiencia de protesta. En la audiencia pública, que se llevará a cabo, el 23 de Octubre de 2012, el Distrito tendrá en cuenta todas las protestas contra las nuevas tarifas propuestas. Si los escritos de protesta contra las tarifas propuestas son presentadas por la mayoría de los propietarios de las parcelas identificadas, el Distrito no podrán imponer las tarifas de agua nuevas.

 

2012 Consumer Confidence Report

Water System Name:

PINEDALE COUNTY WATER DISTRICT

Report Date:

6/25/13

We test the drinking water quality for many constituents as required by state and federal regulations.  This report shows the results of our monitoring for the period of January 1 - December 31, 2012 and may include earlier monitoring data.

Este informe contiene información muy importante sobre su agua potable.  Tradúzcalo ó hable con alguien que lo entienda bien.

Type of water source(s) in use:

Groundwater

Name & location of source(s):

Your water comes from 5 wells sunk at depths from 300 to 450 feet into an

underground water source called the Kings River Basin. These wells are located in an area bounded by Alluvial south

to Sierra and Fruit east to Fresno Street in the Pinedale area of Fresno County.

Drinking Water Source Assessment information:

A source water assessment was conducted for the active water

supply  wells of the Pinedale County Water District in April of 2002.  These sources are considered most vulnerable to

the following activities not associated with any detected contaminants: Housing-high density, known contaminant

plumes, historic waste dump/landfills, hospitals, schools, office buildings/complexes, parking lots/malls,

hardware/lumber/part stores, metal plating/finishing/fabricating, transportation corridors/freeways/state highways,

automobiles/gas stations, body shops, repair shops, and dry cleaners.

Time and place of regularly scheduled board meetings for public participation:

The first Tuesday of each month at

5:00 p.m. in the District office at 480 W Birch Ave. Pinedale, CA

For more information, contact:

Jason Franklin, General Manager

Phone:

(559)439-2362

TERMS USED IN THIS REPORT

Maximum Contaminant Level (MCL): The highest level of a contaminant that is allowed in drinking water.  Primary MCLs are set as close to the PHGs (or MCLGs) as is economically and technologically feasible.  Secondary MCLs are set to protect the odor, taste, and appearance of drinking water.

Maximum Contaminant Level Goal (MCLG): The level of a contaminant in drinking water below which there is no known or expected risk to health.  MCLGs are set by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA).

Public Health Goal (PHG): The level of a contaminant in drinking water below which there is no known or expected risk to health.  PHGs are set by the California Environmental Protection Agency.

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.

Primary Drinking Water Standards (PDWS): MCLs and MRDLs for contaminants that affect health along with their monitoring and reporting requirements, and water treatment requirements.

Secondary Drinking Water Standards (SDWS): MCLs for contaminants that affect taste, odor, or appearance of the drinking water.  Contaminants with SDWSs do not affect the health at the MCL levels.

Treatment Technique (TT):  A required process intended to reduce the level of a contaminant in drinking water.

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

Variances and Exemptions:  Department permission to exceed an MCL or not comply with a treatment technique under certain conditions.

ND: not detectable at testing limit

ppm: parts per million or milligrams per liter (mg/L)

ppb: parts per billion or micrograms per liter (µg/L)

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

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

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

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.

Contaminants that may be present in source water 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-occurring or result from urban stormwater runoff, industrial or domestic wastewater discharges, oil and gas production, mining, or farming.

· Pesticides and herbicides, that 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, that are by-products of industrial processes and petroleum production, and can also come from gas stations, urban stormwater runoff, agricultural application, and septic systems.

· Radioactive contaminants, that 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, the USEPA and the California Department of Public Health (Department) prescribe regulations that limit the amount of certain contaminants in water provided by public water systems.  Department regulations also establish limits for contaminants in bottled water that provide the same protection for public health.

Tables 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, and 8 list all of the drinking water contaminants that were detected during the most recent sampling for the constituent.  The presence of these contaminants in the water does not necessarily indicate that the water poses a health risk.  The Department allows us to monitor for certain contaminants less than once per year because the concentrations of these contaminants do not change frequently.  Some of the data, though representative of the water quality, are more than one year old.

Table 1 – SAMPLING RESULTS SHOWING the detection of coliform bacteria

Microbiological Contaminants

(complete if bacteria detected)

Highest No. of Detections

No. of months in violation

MCL

MCLG

Typical Source of Bacteria

Total Coliform Bacteria

(0)

0

More than 1 sample in a month with a detection

0

Naturally present in the environment

Fecal Coliform or E. coli

(0)

0

A routine sample and a repeat sample detect total coliform and either sample also detects fecal coliform or E. coli

0

Human and animal fecal waste

Table 2 – SAMPLING RESULTS SHOWING THE detection of Lead and copper

Lead and Copper

(complete if lead or copper detected in the last sample set)

No. of samples collected

90th percentile level detected

No. sites exceeding AL

AL

PHG

Typical Source of Contaminant

Lead (ppb)

20

.0097

0

15

0.2

Internal corrosion of household water plumbing systems; discharges from industrial manufacturers; erosion of natural deposits

Copper (ppm)

20

.025

0

1.3

0.17

Internal corrosion of household plumbing systems; erosion of natural deposits; leaching from wood preservatives

TAble 3 – SAMPLING RESULTS FOR sodium and hardness

Chemical or Constituent (and reporting units)

Sample Date

Level Detected

Range of Detections

MCL

PHG

(MCLG)

Typical Source of Contaminant

Sodium (ppm)

none

none

Salt present in the water and is generally naturally occurring

Hardness (ppm)

none

none

Sum of polyvalent cations present in the water, generally magnesium and calcium, and are usually naturally occurring

*Any violation of an MCL or AL is asterisked.  Additional information regarding the violation is provided later in this report.



TAble 4 – detection of contaminants with a Primary Drinking Water Standard

Chemical or Constituent
(and reporting units)

Sample Date

Level Detected

Range of Detections

MCL
[MRDL]

PHG
(MCLG)
[MRDLG]

Typical Source of Contaminant

Arsenic (ppb)

12/7/11

ND

0

10(b)

.004

Erosion of natural deposits; runoff from

orchards, glass and electronics production waste.

Fluoride (ppm)

12/7/11

ND

0

2.0

1

Erosion of natural deposits: Water additive which promotes strong teeth: discharge from fertilizer and aluminum factories.

TAble 5 – detection of contaminants with a Secondary Drinking Water Standard

Chemical or Constituent
(and reporting units)

Sample Date

Level Detected

Range of Detections

MCL

PHG
(MCLG)

Typical Source of Contaminant

Sulfate (ppm)

12/7/11

ND

0

500

n/a

Runoff/leaching from natural deposits:  industrial wastes.

Chloride (ppm)

12/7/11

ND

0

500

n/a

Runoff/leaching from natural deposits:  Industrial wastes.

TAble 6 – detection of UNREGULATED CONTAMINANTS

Chemical or Constituent
(and reporting units)

Sample Date

Level Detected

Range of Detections

Notification Level

Health Effects Language

*Any violation of an MCL, MRDL, or TT is asterisked.  Additional information regarding the violation is provided later in this report.

Additional General Information on Drinking Water

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. More information about contaminants and potential health effects can be obtained by calling the USEPA’s Safe Drinking Water Hotline (1-800-426-4791).

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. USEPA/Centers for Disease Control (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 (1-800-426-4791).

Lead-Specific Language for Community Water Systems:  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.  [PINEDALE COUNTY WATER DISTRICT] 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 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.

Summary Information for Violation of a MCL, MRDL, AL, TT,
or Monitoring and Reporting Requirement

VIOLATION OF A MCL, MRDL, AL, TT, OR MONITORING AND REPORTING REQUIREMENT

Violation

Explanation

Duration

Actions Taken to Correct the Violation

Health Effects Language

For Water Systems Providing Ground Water as a Source of Drinking Water



TAble 7 – SAMPLING RESULTS SHOWING
feCal indicator-positive ground water source samples

Microbiological Contaminants

(complete if fecal-indicator detected)

Total No. of Detections

Sample
Dates

MCL
[MRDL]

PHG
(MCLG)
[MRDLG]

Typical Source of Contaminant

E. coli

(0)

0

(0)

Human and animal fecal waste

Enterococci

(0)

TT

n/a

Human and animal fecal waste

Coliphage

(0)

TT

n/a

Human and animal fecal waste

Summary Information for Fecal Indicator-Positive Ground Water Source Samples,
Uncorrected Significant Deficiencies, or Ground Water TT

SPECIAL NOTICE OF FECAL INDICATOR-POSITIVE GROUND WATER SOURCE SAMPLE

SPECIAL NOTICE FOR UNCORRECTED SIGNIFICANT DEFICIENCIES

TT Violation

Explanation

Duration

Actions Taken to Correct the Violation

Health Effects Language

For Systems Providing Surface Water as a Source of Drinking Water

Table 8 - sampling results showing TREATMENT OF  SURFACE WATER SOURCES

Treatment Technique (a)

(Type of approved filtration technology used)

Turbidity Performance Standards (b)

(that must be met through the water treatment process)

Turbidity of the filtered water must:

1 – Be less than or equal to _____ NTU in 95% of measurements in a month.

2 – Not exceed _____ NTU for more than eight consecutive hours.

3 – Not exceed ____ NTU at any time.

Lowest monthly percentage of samples that met Turbidity Performance Standard No. 1.

Highest single turbidity measurement during the year

Number of violations of any surface water treatment requirements

(a)    A required process intended to reduce the level of a contaminant in drinking water.

(b)   Turbidity (measured in NTU) is a measurement of the cloudiness of water and is a good indicator of water quality and filtration performance.  Turbidity results which meet performance standards are considered to be in compliance with filtration requirements.

* Any violation of a TT is marked with an asterisk.  Additional information regarding the violation is provided below.

Summary Information for Violation of a Surface Water TT

VIOLATION OF A SURFACE WATER TT

TT Violation

Explanation

Duration

Actions Taken to Correct the Violation

Health Effects Language

Summary Information for Operating Under a Variance or Exemption

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2011 Consumer Confidence Report

 

Water System Name:

Pinedale County Water District

Report Date:

6/27/12

 

We test the drinking water quality for many constituents as required by state and federal regulations.  This report shows the results of our monitoring for the period of January 1 - December 31, 2011.

Este informe contiene información muy importante sobre su agua potable.  Tradúzcalo ó hable con alguien que lo entienda bien.

 

Type of water source(s) in use:

Groundwater

Name & location of source(s):

Your water comes from 5 wells sunk at depths from 300 to 450 feet into an

underground water source called the Kings River Basin.  These wells are located in an area bounded by Alluvial south

to Sierra and Fruit east to Fresno street in the Pinedale area of Fresno County.

Drinking Water Source Assessment information:

A source water assessment was conducted for the active water

supply wells of the Pinedale County Water District in April of 2002.  These sources are considered most vulnerable to the following activities not associated with any detected contaminants:  Housing-high density, known contaminant plumes, historic waste dump/landfills, hospitals, schools, office buildings/complexes, parking lots/malls, hardware/lumber/parts stores, metal plating/finishing/fabricating, transportation corridors/freeways/state highways, automobiles/gas stations, body shops, repair shops, and dry cleaners.

Time and place of regularly scheduled board meetings for public participation:

The first Tuesday of each month at

5:00 p.m. in the District office at 480 W Birch Ave. Pinedale, CA

For more information, contact:

Jason Franklin, General Manager

Phone:

( 559) 439-2362

TERMS USED IN THIS REPORT

Maximum Contaminant Level (MCL): The highest level of a contaminant that is allowed in drinking water.  Primary MCLs are set as close to the PHGs (or MCLGs) as is economically and technologically feasible.  Secondary MCLs are set to protect the odor, taste, and appearance of drinking water.

Maximum Contaminant Level Goal (MCLG): The level of a contaminant in drinking water below which there is no known or expected risk to health.  MCLGs are set by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA).

Public Health Goal (PHG): The level of a contaminant in drinking water below which there is no known or expected risk to health.  PHGs are set by the California Environmental Protection Agency.

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.

Primary Drinking Water Standards (PDWS): MCLs and MRDLs for contaminants that affect health along with their monitoring and reporting requirements, and water treatment requirements.

Secondary Drinking Water Standards (SDWS): MCLs for contaminants that affect taste, odor, or appearance of the drinking water.  Contaminants with SDWSs do not affect the health at the MCL levels.

Treatment Technique (TT):  A required process intended to reduce the level of a contaminant in drinking water.

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

Variances and Exemptions:  Department permission to exceed an MCL or not comply with a treatment technique under certain conditions.

ND: not detectable at testing limit

ppm: parts per million or milligrams per liter (mg/L)

ppb: parts per billion or micrograms per liter (ug/L)

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

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

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

 

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.

Contaminants that may be present in source water 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-occurring or result from urban stormwater runoff, industrial or domestic wastewater discharges, oil and gas production, mining, or farming.

· Pesticides and herbicides that 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 that are by-products of industrial processes and petroleum production, and can also come from gas stations, urban stormwater runoff, agricultural application, and septic systems.

· Radioactive contaminants that 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, the USEPA and the state Department of Public Health (Department) prescribe regulations that limit the amount of certain contaminants in water provided by public water systems.  Department regulations also establish limits for contaminants in bottled water that provide the same protection for public health.

Tables 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, and 8 list all of the drinking water contaminants that were detected during the most recent sampling for the constituent.  The presence of these contaminants in the water does not necessarily indicate that the water poses a health risk.  The Department allows us to monitor for certain contaminants less than once per year because the concentrations of these contaminants do not change frequently.  Some of the data, though representative of the water quality, are more than one year old.

 

Table 1 – SAMPLING RESULTS SHOWING the detection of coliform bacteria

Microbiological Contaminants

(complete if bacteria detected)

Highest No. of Detections

No. of months in violation

MCL

MCLG

Typical Source of Bacteria

Total Coliform Bacteria

(In a mo.)

5

6

More than 1 sample in a month with a detection

0

Naturally present in the environment

Fecal Coliform or E. coli

(In the year)

0

0

A routine sample and a repeat sample detect total coliform and either sample also detects fecal coliform or E. coli

0

Human and animal fecal waste

Table 2 – SAMPLING RESULTS SHOWING THE detection of Lead and copper

Lead and Copper

(complete if lead or copper detected in the last sample set)

No. of samples collected

90th percentile level detected

No. sites exceeding AL

AL

PHG

Typical Source of Contaminant

Lead (ppb)

20

.0097

0

15

0.2

Internal corrosion of household water plumbing systems; discharges from industrial manufacturers; erosion of natural deposits

Copper (ppm)

20

.025

0

1.3

0.17

Internal corrosion of household plumbing systems; erosion of natural deposits; leaching from wood preservatives

TAble 3 – SAMPLING RESULTS FOR sodium and hardness

Chemical or Constituent (and reporting units)

Sample Date

Level Detected

Range of Detections

MCL

PHG

(MCLG)

Typical Source of Contaminant

Sodium (ppm)

none

none

Salt present in the water and is generally naturally occurring

Hardness (ppm)

none

none

Sum of polyvalent cations present in the water, generally magnesium and calcium, and are usually naturally occurring

 

*Any violation of an MCL or AL is asterisked.  Additional information regarding the violation is provided later in this report.

 



TAble 4 – detection of contaminants with a Primary Drinking Water Standard

Chemical or Constituent
(and reporting units)

Sample Date

Level Detected

Range of Detections

MCL
[MRDL]

PHG
(MCLG)
[MRDLG]

Typical Source of Contaminant

Arsenic (ppb)

12/07/11

ND

0

10 (b)

.004

Erosion of natural deposits; runoff from

orchards, glass and electronics production

waste.

Fluoride (ppm)

12/07/11

ND

0

2.0

1

Erosion of natural deposits: Water additive which promotes strong teeth: discharge from fertilizer and aluminum factories.

TAble 5 – detection of contaminants with a Secondary Drinking Water Standard

Chemical or Constituent
(and reporting units)

Sample Date

Level Detected

Range of Detections

MCL

PHG
(MCLG)

Typical Source of Contaminant

Sulfate (ppm)

12/07/11

ND

0

500

n/a

Runoff/leaching from natural deposits: industrial wastes.

Chloride (ppm)

12/07/11

ND

0

500

n/a

Runoff/leaching from natural deposits:  Industrial wastes.

Odor-threshold (units)

Color (units)

Turbidity (units)

Nitrate (as no3) (mg/l)

12/07/11

12/07/11

12/07/11

12/07/11

ND

ND

ND

4.76

0

0

0

0-12

3

15

5

45

n/a

n/a

n/a

Naturally occurring organic materials.

Naturally occurring organic materials.

Soil runoff.

TAble 6 – detection of UNREGULATED CONTAMINANTS

Chemical or Constituent
(and reporting units)

Sample Date

Level Detected

Range of Detections

Notification Level

Health Effects Language

 

*Any violation of an MCL, MRDL, or TT is asterisked.  Additional information regarding the violation is provided later in this report.

Additional General Information on Drinking Water

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. More information about contaminants and potential health effects can be obtained by calling the USEPA’s Safe Drinking Water Hotline (1-800-426-4791).

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. USEPA/Centers for Disease Control (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 (1-800-426-4791).

 

 

Summary Information for Violation of a MCL, MRDL, AL, TT,
or Monitoring and Reporting Requirement

 

VIOLATION OF A MCL, MRDL, AL, TT, OR MONITORING AND REPORTING REQUIREMENT

Violation

Explanation

Duration

Actions Taken to Correct the Violation

Health Effects Language

Noncompliance Total Coliform Maximum Contaminant Level

4 Samples in June and 5 in July tested positive for

Coliform Bacteria

June & July

Emergency Chlorination

Coliform bacteria are naturally present in the environment and are used as an  indicator that other, potentially-harmful bacteria may be present.

Noncompliance Total Coliform Maximum Contaminant Level

3 Samples in September tested positive for Coliform Bacteria

September

Increased Chlorination

Same as above

 

For Water Systems Providing Ground Water as a Source of Drinking Water

 



TAble 7 – SAMPLING RESULTS SHOWING
feCal indicator-positive ground water source samples

Microbiological Contaminants

(complete if fecal-indicator detected)

Total No. of Detections

Sample
Dates

MCL
[MRDL]

PHG
(MCLG)
[MRDLG]

Typical Source of Contaminant

E. coli

(In the year)

0

0

(0)

Human and animal fecal waste

Enterococci

(In the year)

0

TT

n/a

Human and animal fecal waste

Coliphage

(In the year)

0

TT

n/a

Human and animal fecal waste

 

Summary Information for Fecal Indicator-Positive Ground Water Source Samples,
Uncorrected Significant Deficiencies, or Ground Water TT

 

SPECIAL NOTICE OF FECAL INDICATOR-POSITIVE GROUND WATER SOURCE SAMPLE

SPECIAL NOTICE FOR UNCORRECTED SIGNIFICANT DEFICIENCIES

TT Violation

Explanation

Duration

Actions Taken to Correct the Violation

Health Effects Language

 

For Systems Providing Surface Water as a Source of Drinking Water

 

Table 8 - sampling results showing TREATMENT OF  SURFACE WATER SOURCES

Treatment Technique (a)

(Type of approved filtration technology used)

Turbidity Performance Standards (b)

(that must be met through the water treatment process)

Turbidity of the filtered water must:

1 – Be less than or equal to _____ NTU in 95% of measurements in a month.

2 – Not exceed _____ NTU for more than eight consecutive hours.

3 – Not exceed ____ NTU at any time.

Lowest monthly percentage of samples that met Turbidity Performance Standard No. 1.

Highest single turbidity measurement during the year

Number of violations of any surface water treatment requirements

 

(a)    A required process intended to reduce the level of a contaminant in drinking water.

(b)   Turbidity (measured in NTU) is a measurement of the cloudiness of water and is a good indicator of water quality and filtration performance.  Turbidity results which meet performance standards are considered to be in compliance with filtration requirements.

* Any violation of a TT is marked with an asterisk.  Additional information regarding the violation is provided below.

Summary Information for Violation of a Surface Water TT

 

VIOLATION OF A SURFACE WATER TT

TT Violation

Explanation

Duration

Actions Taken to Correct the Violation

Health Effects Language

 

Summary Information for Operating Under a Variance or Exemption

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

2010 Consumer Confidence Report

 

System Name:

PINEDALE County Water District

Report Date:

6/27/11

 

 

 


 

We test the drinking water quality for many constituents as required by state and federal regulations.  This report shows the results of our monitoring for the period of January 1 - December 31, 2010.

Este informe contiene información muy importante sobre su agua potable.  Tradúzcalo ó hable con alguien que lo entienda bien.

 

Type of water source(s) in use:

Groundwater

Name & location of source(s):

Your water comes from 5 wells sunk at depths from 300 to 450 feet into an underground water source called the Kings River Basin.  These wells are located in an

Area bounded by Alluvial south to Sierra and Fruit east to Fresno Street in the Pinedale area of  Fresno County,

 

Drinking Water Source Assessment information:

A source water assessment was conducted fro the active water

Supply wells of the Pinedale County Water District in April of 2002.  These sources are considered most vulnerable to the following activities not associated with any detected contaminants: Housing-high density, known contaminant plumes, historic waste dump/landfills, hospitals, schools, office buildings/complexes, parking lots/malls, hardware/lumber/parts stores, metal plating/finishing/fabricating, transportation corridors-freeways/state highways, automobiles-gas stations, body shops, repair shops, dry cleaners.

Time and place of regularly scheduled board meetings for public participation:

The first Tuesday of each month at

5:00p.m. in the District office, 480 W. Birch Ave. Pinedale, CA/

For more information, contact:

Larry De Santos, General Manager

Phone:

(559)439-2362

 

TERMS USED IN THIS REPORT

Maximum Contaminant Level (MCL): The highest level of a contaminant that is allowed in drinking water.  Primary MCLs are set as close to the PHGs (or MCLGs) as is economically and technologically feasible.  Secondary MCLs are set to protect the odor, taste, and appearance of drinking water.

Maximum Contaminant Level Goal (MCLG): The level of a contaminant in drinking water below which there is no known or expected risk to health.  MCLGs are set by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA).

Public Health Goal (PHG): The level of a contaminant in drinking water below which there is no known or expected risk to health.  PHGs are set by the California Environmental Protection Agency.

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.

Primary Drinking Water Standards (PDWS): MCLs and MRDLs for contaminants that affect health along with their monitoring and reporting requirements, and water treatment requirements.

Secondary Drinking Water Standards (SDWS): MCLs for contaminants that affect taste, odor, or appearance of the drinking water.  Contaminants with SDWSs do not affect the health at the MCL levels.

Treatment Technique (TT):  A required process intended to reduce the level of a contaminant in drinking water.

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

Variances and Exemptions:  Department permission to exceed an MCL or not comply with a treatment technique under certain conditions.

ND: not detectable at testing limit

ppm: parts per million or milligrams per liter (mg/L)

ppb: parts per billion or micrograms per liter (ug/L)

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

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

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


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.

Contaminants that may be present in source water 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-occurring or result from urban stormwater runoff, industrial or domestic wastewater discharges, oil and gas production, mining, or farming.
  • Pesticides and herbicides, that 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, that are by-products of industrial processes and petroleum production, and can also come from gas stations, urban stormwater runoff, agricultural application, and septic systems.
  • Radioactive contaminants, that 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, the USEPA and the state Department of Public Health (Department) prescribe regulations that limit the amount of certain contaminants in water provided by public water systems.  Department regulations also establish limits for contaminants in bottled water that provide the same protection for public health.

Tables 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, and 8 list all of the drinking water contaminants that were detected during the most recent sampling for the constituent.  The presence of these contaminants in the water does not necessarily indicate that the water poses a health risk.  The Department allows us to monitor for certain contaminants less than once per year because the concentrations of these contaminants do not change frequently.  Some of the data, though representative of the water quality, are more than one year old.

 

Table 1 - SAMPLING RESULTS SHOWING the detection of coliform bacteria

Microbiological Contaminants

(complete if bacteria detected)

Highest No. of Detections

No. of months in violation

MCL

MCLG

Typical Source of Bacteria

Total Coliform Bacteria

(In a mo.)

0

0

More than 1 sample in a month with a detection

0

Naturally present in the environment

Fecal Coliform or E. coli

(In the year)

0

0

A routine sample and a repeat sample detect total coliform and either sample also detects fecal coliform or E. coli

0

Human and animal fecal waste

Table 2 - SAMPLING RESULTS SHOWING THE detection of Lead and copper

Lead and Copper

(complete if lead or copper detected in the last sample set)

No. of samples collected

90th percentile level detected

No. sites exceeding AL

AL

PHG

Typical Source of Contaminant

Lead (ppb)

20

.0097

0

15

2

Internal corrosion of household water plumbing systems; discharges from industrial manufacturers; erosion of natural deposits

Copper (ppm)

20

0.25

0

1.3

0.17

Internal corrosion of household plumbing systems; erosion of natural deposits; leaching from wood preservatives

TAble 3 - SAMPLING RESULTS FOR sodium and hardness

Chemical or Constituent (and reporting units)

Sample Date

Level Detected

Range of Detections

MCL

PHG

(MCLG)

Typical Source of Contaminant

Sodium (ppm)

9/22/10

12.2

11-16

none

none

Salt present in the water and is generally naturally occurring

Hardness (ppm)

9/22/10

69.4

51-100

none

none

Sum of polyvalent cations present in the water, generally magnesium and calcium, and are usually naturally occurring

 


*Any violation of an MCL or AL is asterisked.  Additional information regarding the violation is provided later in this report.

 



TAble 4 - detection of contaminants with a Primary Drinking Water Standard

Chemical or Constituent
(and reporting units)

Sample Date

Level Detected

Range of Detections

MCL
[MRDL]

PHG
(MCLG)
[MRDLG]

Typical Source of Contaminant

Arsenic(ppb)

9/22/10

2.9

2.2-3.3

10(b)

.004

Erosion of natural deposits; runoff from orchards, glass and electronics production wastes.

Fluoride (ppm)

9/22/10

.13

.11-.16

2.0

1

Erosion of natural deposits: Water additive which promotes strong teeth: discharge from fertilizer and aluminum factories.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

TAble 5 - detection of contaminants with a Secondary Drinking Water Standard

Chemical or Constituent
(and reporting units)

Sample Date

Level Detected

Range of Detections

MCL

PHG
(MCLG)

Typical Source of Contaminant

Sulfate (ppm)

9/22/10

5.64

2.8-8.8

500

n/a

Runoff/leaching from natural deposits: industrial wastes.

Chloride (ppm)

9/22/10

5.22

4.2-6.9

500

n/a

Runoff/leaching from natural deposits:

Industrial wastes

Odor-threshold (units)

Color (units)

Turbidity(units

9/22/10

9/22/10

9/22/10

ND

ND

ND

 

0

0

0

3

15

5

n/a

n/a

n/a

 

Naturally-occurring organic materials.

Naturally-occurring organic materials.

Soil runoff.

TAble 6 - detection of UNREGULATED CONTAMINANTS

Chemical or Constituent
(and reporting units)

Sample Date

Level Detected

Range of Detections

Notification Level

Health Effects Language

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

*Any violation of an MCL, MRDL, or TT is asterisked.  Additional information regarding the violation is provided later in this report.

Additional General Information on Drinking Water

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. More information about contaminants and potential health effects can be obtained by calling the USEPA's Safe Drinking Water Hotline (1-800-426-4791).

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. USEPA/Centers for Disease Control (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 (1-800-426-4791).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

Summary Information for Violation of a MCL, MRDL, AL, TT,
or Monitoring and Reporting Requirement

 

VIOLATION OF A MCL, MRDL, AL, TT, OR MONITORING AND REPORTING REQUIREMENT

Violation

Explanation

Duration

Actions Taken to Correct the Violation

Health Effects Language


 

For Water Systems Providing Ground Water as a Source of Drinking Water

 



TAble 7 - SAMPLING RESULTS SHOWING
feCal indicator-positive ground water source samples

Microbiological Contaminants

(complete if fecal-indicator detected)

Total No. of Detections

Sample
Dates

MCL
[MRDL]

PHG
(MCLG)
[MRDLG]

Typical Source of Contaminant

E. coli

(In the year)

0

 

0

(0)

Human and animal fecal waste

Enterococci

(In the year)

0

 

TT

n/a

Human and animal fecal waste

Coliphage

(In the year)

0

 

TT

n/a

Human and animal fecal waste

 


Summary Information for Fecal Indicator-Positive Ground Water Source Samples,
Uncorrected Significant Deficiencies, or Ground Water TT

 

SPECIAL NOTICE OF FECAL INDICATOR-POSITIVE GROUND WATER SOURCE SAMPLE

 

 

 

 

 

SPECIAL NOTICE FOR UNCORRECTED SIGNIFICANT DEFICIENCIES

 

 

 

 

 

TT Violation

Explanation

Duration

Actions Taken to Correct the Violation

Health Effects Language

0


For Systems Providing Surface Water as a Source of Drinking Water

 

Table 8 - sampling results showing TREATMENT OF  SURFACE WATER SOURCES

Treatment Technique (a)

(Type of approved filtration technology used)

 

Turbidity Performance Standards (b)

(that must be met through the water treatment process)

Turbidity of the filtered water must:

1 - Be less than or equal to _____ NTU in 95% of measurements in a month.

2 - Not exceed _____ NTU for more than eight consecutive hours.

3 - Not exceed ____ NTU at any time.

Lowest monthly percentage of samples that met Turbidity Performance Standard No. 1.

 

Highest single turbidity measurement during the year

 

Number of violations of any surface water treatment requirements

 

 

(a)    A required process intended to reduce the level of a contaminant in drinking water.

(b)   Turbidity (measured in NTU) is a measurement of the cloudiness of water and is a good indicator of water quality and filtration performance.  Turbidity results which meet performance standards are considered to be in compliance with filtration requirements.

* Any violation of a TT is marked with an asterisk.  Additional information regarding the violation is provided below.

Summary Information for Violation of a Surface Water TT

 

VIOLATION OF A SURFACE WATER TT

TT Violation

Explanation

Duration

Actions Taken to Correct the Violation

Health Effects Language

 

 

 

 

 

 

Summary Information for Operating Under a Variance or Exemption