2016 Consumer Confidence Report
Why you’ve received this report:
This report is produced to provide information about the Macedonia-Eylau Municipal Utility District water system including source water, the levels of detected contaminants and compliance with drinking water rules. This report is also produced in order to answer your water quality questions. Macedonia-Eylau water meets or exceeds all State and Federal requirements for water quality, and is safe to drink. Macedonia-Eylau had no reporting, monitoring, maximum contaminant level exceedance or notification violations in 2016.
Where your water comes from:
Macedonia-Eylau Municipal Utility District purchases water from Texarkana Water Utilities. Texarkana Water Utilities has two sources of water: Lake Wright Patman in Texas, and Millwood Lake in Arkansas.
The TCEQ has completed a Source Water Assessment for all drinking water systems that own their own sources. The report describes the susceptibility and types of constituents that may come into contact with your drinking water source based on human activities and natural conditions. The system from which we purchase our water received the assessment report. For more information on source water assessments and protection efforts at our system, contact Rick Barton of Texarkana Water Utilities 903-798-3850.
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 EPA’s 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 might have 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; and
• Radioactive contaminants, which can be naturally occurring or 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.
In 2016 Macedonia-Eylau Municipal Utility District was operating under exemptions from the Safe Drinking Water Act granted under Section 290.102(b) (4) of Title 30 of the Texas Administrative Code. The exemptions are as follows:
2.e Refurbish the elevated storage tank to bring it in compliance with current AWWA standards. The existing elevated storage tank on South Kings Highway has been refurbished in accordance to AWWA standards and was placed back in service on 8/24/2016.
2.g.i Provide a total storage capacity of 200 gallons per connection. Macedonia-Eylau Municipal Utility District is now in compliance with this requirement. The District has a total of 2,486 connections. 200 gallons per connection would mean 497,200 gallons of storage that is required. The existing elevated tank provides 200,000 gallons of storage. A new ground storage tank was placed in service on 4/26/2017 and provides 342,370 gallons of storage. Total storage available at this time is 542,370 gallons.
2.g.ii Provide an elevated storage capacity of 100 gallons per connection. Macedonia-Eylau Municipal Utility District has not yet met this requirement. The District has a total of 2,486 connections. 100 gallons per connection would mean 248,600 gallons of elevated storage that is required. The existing elevated storage tank on South Kings Highway only provides 200,000 gallons of elevated storage. An exemption to this requirement is in place that is due to expire on November 1, 2017. A 250,000 gallon elevated storage tank has been built on Merrit Circle which will provide the capacity to meet this requirement. As of the publication of this Consumer Confidence Report, the new elevated storage tank is not yet in service. Once the new elevated tank is in service there will be a total elevated storage capacity of 450,000 gallons.
2.h Certification statement (required only after the other provisions are completed). Provision 2.h is not complete, as we cannot certify that we are in compliance with the Agreed Order until the 250,000 elevated tank is placed in service. An exemption to this requirement is in place that is due to expire on November 1, 2017.
If you have any questions concerning the 2016 Consumer Confidence Report please call Carrie McCreery, General Manager of Macedonia-Eylau Municipal Utility District at 903-832-1691.
Macedonia-Eylau Municipal Utility District conducts quarterly Board of Director meetings. Your attendance is greatly appreciated. Please call the office at 903-832-1691 to learn more about how you can participate.