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Review of the 2015 Water Quality Report

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Customers of the City of Ferndale water utility received a report in the form of a brochure (click for PDF version) via mail recently that detailed results of tap water sample analyses. In some cases, results are from periodic samples and in others from a single annual sample.

According to the city website,

All water purveyors are required to publish an annual Consumer Confidence Report which outlines important information about the drinking water they provide to their customers.

Contained in the recently released 2015 report is a table detailing the presence of various substances in the samples. Included in that data is the following:

Substance Amount/Range
Detected
Maximum
Level
Arsenic 0.002 ppm 0.01 ppm
Barium 0.039 ppm 2 ppm
Chlorine 0.6 to 0.8 ppm 4 ppm
Copper (tested in 2015) 0 to 0.134 ppm 1.3 ppm
Lead (tested in 2015) 0 to 0.003 ppm 0.015 ppm
Total Coliform 0 positive samples (of 132 taken) 1 positive samples
Nitrate 0 positive of 1 sample 10 ppm
Haloacetic Acids 2.1 to 7.9 ppb 60 ppb
Total Trihalomethanes 11.3 to 44.8 ppb 80 ppb
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The data provided reveals none of the ‘nasties’ on the list are appearing in the tap water at levels near to the allowed maximums.

Comparing the 2015 data with the 2014 data,

Substance 2014 Amt/Range Detected 2015 Amt/Range Detected Maximum Level
Arsenic not reported 0.002 ppm 0.01 ppm
Barium not reported 0.039 ppm 2 ppm
Chlorine 0.4 to 1.0 ppm 0.6 to 0.8 ppm 4 ppm
Copper (tested in 2015) 0 to 0.194 ppm 0 to 0.134 ppm 1.3 ppm
Lead (tested in 2015) 0 to 0.016 ppm 0 to 0.003 ppm  0.015 ppm
Total Coliform 0 positive samples of 132 0 positive samples of 132  1 positive sample
Nitrate 0 positive of 1 sample 0 positive of 1 sample  10 ppm
Haloacetic Acids 4.9 to 12.1 ppb 2.1 to 7.9 ppb  60 ppb
Total Trihalomethanes 39.5 to 77.0 ppb 11.3 to 44.8 ppb  80 ppb

 

In all cases, the amounts detected in the 2015 samples were less than or equal to the 2014 samples. In other words, the results in 2015 indicate an improvement over 2014’s data for some items, others stayed the same and no items showed any worsening.

 

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