FAQ

The Tri-Township Water Corporation currently serves 3625 meters or approximately 9425 people. We are fortunate to have quality water from underground wells. Last year we produced 304 Million gallons of safe drinking water. This relates to an average of 833 Thousand gallons per day or 89 gallons per person per day.

Where does our water come from?

Our water source is underground wells. We have two well fields and they both draw from the Whitewater Valley aquifer. The Wellhead Protection Area Delineation of both of our Well Fields has been approved by the State and we continue to monitor the Well Head Protection Area for any change of activity and possible contaminants. This Plan and more information about Source Water Assessment are available at our office.

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Why are there contaminants in my drinking water?

Drinking water, including bottled water, may be reasonable expected to contain at least small amounts of some contaminants. It’s important to remember that the presence of these contaminants does not necessarily pose a health risk or that it is not suitable for drinking. More information about contaminants and their potential health effects can be obtained by called the Environmental Protection Agency’s Safe Drinking Water Hotline at 1-800-426-4791

The sources of drinking water (both tap water and bottled water), include rivers, lakes, steams, 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 storm 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, storm water runoff, and residential uses.
  • Organic chemicals, 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 materials, which can be naturally occurring or be the result of oil and gas production and mining activities.

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Do I need to take special precautions?

Some people may be more vulnerable to contaminants in drinking water than the general population. Immunocompromised 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 microbiological contaminants are available from the Safe Drinking Water Hotline (800-426-4791).

MCL’s are set at very stringent levels. To understand the possible health effects described for many regulated constituents, a person would have to drink 2 liters of water every day at the MCL level for a lifetime to have a one-in-a-million chance of having the described health effect.

Nitrates: As a precaution we would always notify physicians and health care providers in this area if there is ever a higher than normal level of nitrates in the water supply

Lead: Lead in drinking water is rarely the sole cause of lead poisoning, but it can add to a person’s total lead exposure. All potential sources of lead in the household should be identified and removed, replaced, or reduced.

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Water Quality Data

The Tri-Township Water Corporation routinely monitors for constituents in your drinking water according to Federal and State laws. The table included in this brochure shows the detected results of our monitoring for the period of January 1st to December 31st, 2014. In this table 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:

Non-Detects (ND) – laboratory analysis indicates that the constituent is not present.

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 – 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.

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

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

Maximum Contaminant Level (MCL) – The “Maximum Allowed” (MCL) is 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 (MCLG) – The “Goal”(MCLG) 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.

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.

Point of Entry– (poe 1) Jamison Plant – (poe 2) Cedar Grove Plant

 

 

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Information About Lead

“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. Tri-Township Water 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

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Information About Your Water Utility

If you have any questions about this report or concerning your water utility, please contact our Utility Manager, Jody Blasdel, at (812) 637-1039. We want our valued customers to be informed about their water utility. If you want to learn more, please attend any of our regularly scheduled meetings. They are held on the second Wednesday of each month at 7:30 p.m., at our main office. The office is located at 24192 State Line Road, Bright, Indiana. Our valued customers are always welcome to attend our meetings.

The Tri-Township Water Corporation currently serves 3650 meters or approximately 9490 people. We are fortunate to have quality water from underground wells. Last year we produced 303 Million gallons of safe drinking water. This relates to an average of 830 Thousand gallons per day or 87 gallons per person per day. The Tri- Township Water Corporation operates two filtration plants. A 600 gpm (gallon per minute) plant at the Jamison Well Field and a 1200 gpm plant at the Cedar Grove Well Field. Both of these plants are Iron & Manganese removal plants & Chlorine is added for oxidation of Iron & Manganese & for disinfection. Tri-Township Water employees test our Raw & Finished Water dailey for Iron, Manganese, PH, & Chlorine. Of our Finished Water, our Iron averages 0.00 Mg/L, our Manganese is 0.0 Mg/L, & our PH averages 7.2-7.3. Chlorine dissipates the farther you get from the water plants where it is injected. We are required to maintain 0.2 Mg/L throughout the distribution system. Our Free Chlorine levels will range from 1.0 Mg/L at the treatment plants to 0.4 Mg/L at the farthest point in our distribution system. The hardness of our water is 23 grains per gallon. We also collect 10 Bacteriological samples monthly from various homes throughout the distribution system. These samples are sent to a State approved Laboratory, and we are pleased to report, all of our 2014 samples were satisfactory.

Thank you for allowing us to continue providing your family with clean, quality water this year.
Please call our office if you have questions.

We at Tri-Township Water work around the clock to provide top quality water to every tap each and every day. We ask that all our customers help us protect our water sources, which are the heart of our community, our way of life and our children’s future.

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