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Morgan City, La.
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2023 CONSUMER CONFIDENCE REPORT

2023 CONSUMER CONFIDENCE REPORT

The Water We Drink

ST MARY PARISH W&S #2 BAYOU VISTA

Public Water Supply ID: LA1101015

We are pleased to present to you the Annual Water Quality Report for the year 2023. This report is designed to inform you about the quality of your water and services we deliver to you every day (Este informe contiene informaci6n muy importante sabre su agua potable. Traduzcalo o hable con alguien que lo entienda bien). Our constant goal is to provide you with a safe and dependable supply of drinking water. We want you to understand the efforts we make to continually improve the water treatment process and protect our water resources. We are committed to ensuring the quality of your water.

Our water system purchases water as listed below:

Buyer Name Seller Name
ST MARY PARISH W&S #2 BAYOU VISTA BERWICK BAYOU VISTA WW COMMISSION

 

 

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 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, 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 stormwater 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 stormwater 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 stormwater 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. Food and Drug Administration regulations establish limits for contaminants in bottled water which must provide the same protection for public health. We want our valued customers to be informed about their water utility. If you have any questions about this report, want to attend any scheduled meetings, or simply want to learn more about your drinking water, please contact CHRIS COOPER at 985-395-2747.

 

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. ST MARY PARISH W&S #2 BAYOU VISTA 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.

 

The Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals – Office of Public Health routinely monitors for constituents in your drinking water according to Federal and State laws. The tables that follow show the results of our monitoring during the period of January 1st to December 31st, 2023. 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.

 

In the tables below, you will find many terms and abbreviations you might not be familiar with. To help you better understand these terms, we’ve provided the following definitions:

 

Parts per million (ppm) or Milligrams per liter (mg/L) one part per million corresponds to one minute in two years or a single penny in

$10,000.

Parts per billion (ppb) or Micrograms per liter (ug/L)-one part per billion corresponds to one minute in 2,000 years, or a single penny in

$10,000,000.

Picocuries per liter (pCi/L) – picocuries per liter is a measure of the radioactivity in water.

Treatment Technique (TT) – an enforceable procedure or level of technological performance which public water systems must follow to ensure control of a contaminant.

Action level (AL) -the concentration of a contaminant that, if exceeded, triggers treatment or other requirements that a water system must follow.

Maximum-contaminant level(MCI::).. the “Maximum Allowed”-MGL is the highest level of a contaminant that is allowed in drinking water. MCL’s are set as close to the MCLG’s as feasible using the best available treatment technology.

Maximum contaminant level goal (MCLG) -the “Goal” is the level of a contaminant in drinking water below which there is no known or expected risk to human health. MCLG’s allow for a margin of safety.

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.

Level 1 assessment -A study of the water system to identify potential problems and determine (if possible) why total coliform bacteria have been found in our water system.

Level 2 Assessment -A very detailed study of the water system to identify potential problems and determine (if possible) why an E.coli MCL violation has occurred and/or why total coliform bacteria have been found in our water system on multiple occasions.

 

During the period covered by this report we had the below noted violations.

 

Compliance Period                                                   Analyte                                                         Type

 

Our water system tested a minimum of 6 samples per month in accordance with the Total Coliform Rule for microbiological contaminants. With the microbiological samples collected, the water system collects disinfectant residuals to ensure control of microbial growth.

 

Disinfectant          Date        Highest RAA     Unit         Range     MRDL  MRDLG  Typical Source

 

CHLORAMINE    2023       2.4                    ppm       0.86 – 3.75    4   14  Water additive used to control microbes

In the tables below, we have shown the regulated contaminants that were detected. Chemical Sampling of our drinking water may not be required on an annual basis; therefore, information provided in this table refers back to the latest year of chemical sampling results.

 

Regulated Contaminants Collection Date Water System Highest Value Range Unit MCL MCLG Typical Source
ATRAZINE 10/8/2023 BERWICK BAYOU VISTA WW COMMISSIO

N

0.12 0 – 0.12 ppb 3 3 Runoff from herbicide used on row crops
FLUORIDE 1/29/2023 BERWICK BAYOU VISTA WW COMMISSIO

N

0.1 0.1 ppm 4 4 Erosion of natural deposits; Water additive which promotes strong teeth; Discharge from fertilizer and aluminum factories
NITRATE- NITRITE 1/29/2023 BERWICK BAYOU VISTA WW COMMISSIO

N

0.1 0.1 ppm 10 10 Runoff from fertilizer use; Leaching from septic tanks, sewage; Erosion of natural deposits
Radionuclides            ·-· Collection Date Highest Value Range ·unit · MCL· ·MCLG Typical Source············································································································································································· ·-
COMBINED RADIUM (-226 & -228) 1/29/2023 0.689 0.689 pCi/I 5 0 Erosion of natural deposits
GROSS ALPHA PARTICLE ACTIVITY 1/29/2023 3.94 3.94 pCi/I 15 0 Erosion of natural deposits
GROSS BETA PARTICLE ACTIVITY 1/29/2023 1.99 1.99 pCi/I 50 0 Decay of natural and man-made deposits. Note: The gross beta particle activity MCL is 4 millirems/year annual dose equivalent to the total body or any internal organ. 50 pCi/L is used as

a screening level.

RADIUM-226 1/29/2023 0.689 0.689 PCI/L 5 0

 

 

Lead and Copper

Date 90TH

Percentile

Range Unit AL Sites Over AL Typical Source
COPPER, FREE 2019 – 2022 0.3 0.1 – 0.4 ppm 1.3 0 Corrosion of household plumbing

systems; Erosion of natural deposits; Leaching from wood preservatives

LEAD 2019 – 2022 0 2 ppb 15 0 Corrosion of household plumbing systems; Erosion of natural deposits

 

 

Disinfection Byproducts Sample Point     Period      Highest LRAA      Range Unit      MCL MCLG  Typical Source

TOTAL HALOACETIC ACIDS (HAAS) 100

PLUTO&HWY18 2

2022 –

2023

29.9-

54.1

ppb 60 0            By-product of drinking water disinfection
TOTAL HALOACETIC ACIDS (HAAS) 504VICTORIE RIVERSIDE 2022-

2023

41 31.8-

54.5

ppb 60 0            By-product of drinking water disinfection
TTHM 100

PLUTO&HWY18 2

2022-

2023

51 34.1 – 75 ppb

 

80 0 By-product of drinking water chlorination
TTHM 504VICTOR1E RIVERSIDE 2022 –

2023

36.4- ppb 80 0 By-product of drinking water chlorination

 

Source Secondary Contaminants Water System Collection Date Highest Value Range Unit SMCL
ALUMINUM BERWICK BAYOU VISTA WW COMMISSION 1/29/2023 0.05 0.05 MG/L 0.2
CHLORIDE BERWICK BAYOU VISTA WW COMMISSION 1 /29/2023 28 28 MG/L 250
PH BERWICK BAYOU VISTA WW COMMISSION 1/29/2023 5.89 5.89 PH 8.5
SULFATE BERWICK BAYOU VISTA WW COMMISSION 1/29/2023 62 62 MG/L 250

 

Unregulated contaminants are those that don’t yet have a drinking water standard set by USEPA. The purpose of

monitoring for these contaminants is to help USEPA. decide whether the contaminants should have a standard. The below

detected results were collected by the State to evaluate water systems for unregulated contaminants.

Unregulated Contaminants Collection Date Average Concentration Range Unit
PERFLUOROBUTANOIC ACID (PFBA) 2023 6 5.7-6.3 ppt
PERFLUOROOCTANE SULFONIC ACID 6:2 FTS 2023 6.1 5.5-6.6 ppt

 

Regulated Contaminants Collection Date Highest Value Range Unit MCL MCLG Typical Source
TURBIDITY 06//2023 0.23 0.05 – 0.23 NTU 0.3 Soil runoff
Regulated Contaminants Collection Date Lowest Percentage Value Range Unit MCL MCLG Typical Source
TURBIDITY Jan.2023-Dec.2023 100% 100 – 100 NTU 0.3 Soil runoff

 

++++++++++++++ Environmental Protection Agency Required Health Effects Language++++++++++++++

Some people may be more vulnerable to contaminants in drinking water than the general population. lmmuno-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. EPA/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 (800-426-4791).

Additional Required Health Effects Language:

Coliforms are bacteria that are naturally present in the environment and are used as an indicator that other, potentially-harmful, bacteria may be present. Coliforms were found in more samples than allowed and this was a warning of potential problems.

There are no additional required health effects violation notices.

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Thank you for allowing us to continue providing your family with clean, quality water this year. In order to maintain a safe and dependable water supply we sometimes need to make improvements that will benefit all of our customers.

We at the ST. MARY PARISH W&S #2 BAYOU VISTA work around the clock to provide top quality drinking water to every tap. We ask all our customers help us protect and conserve our water sources, which are the heart of our community, our way of life, and our children’s future. Please call our office if you have questions.

Our water system grade is an “A” with a 103% score. Our water system report card can be found at www.smpws2.com or www.ldh.la.gov/watergrade.