2016 Water Quality Report

Published: October 9, 2020

Water Quality Report for 2016

We’re pleased once again to present to you this year’s Annual Drinking Water Quality Report. This report is designed to inform you about the quality of the water and services we deliver to you every day. Richfield City’s 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 sources have been determined to be from the Sevier – Sigurd groundwater basin.  Our water sources include one spring and three wells.

he Drinking Water Source Protection Plan for Richfield City Corporation is available for your review.  It contains information about source protection zones, potential contamination sources and management strategies to protect our drinking water.  Our sources have been determined to have a low level of susceptibility from potential contamination from sources such as roads, residential areas, farm lands, businesses and parks.  We have also developed management strategies to further protect our sources from contamination.  Please contact us if you have questions or concerns about our source protection plan.  It is also viewable on-line at www.richfieldcity.com.

There are many connections to our water distribution system.  When connections are properly installed and maintained, the concerns are very minimal.  However, unapproved and improper piping changes or connections can adversely affect not only the availability, but also the quality of the water.  A cross connection may let polluted water or even chemicals mingle into the water supply system when not properly protected.  This not only compromises the water quality but can also affect your health.  So, what can you do?  Do not make or allow improper connections at your homes.  Even that unprotected garden hose lying in the puddle next to the driveway is a cross connection.  The unprotected lawn sprinkler system after you have fertilized or sprayed is also a cross connection.  When the cross connection is allowed to exist at your home it will affect you and your family first.  Cross connection prevention valves are required and mandated by the State.  If you’d like to learn more about helping to protect the quality of our water, call us for further information about ways you can help.

Clipart Issue, Faucet, Hahn, Tap, Water, Water Tap  We are pleased to report that our drinking water meets federal and state requirements.

   This report shows our water quality and what it means to you, our customer.

If you have any questions about this report or concerning your water utility, please contact Pat Payne, Water Technician at 896-4081.  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 2nd and 4th Tuesday of each month at 7:00 pm at the Richfield City Center, 75 East Center Street, Richfield, Utah 84701.

Richfield City Corporation routinely monitors for constituents in our drinking water in accordance with the Federal and Utah State laws. The following table shows the results of our monitoring for the period of January 1st to December 31st, 2016.  All drinking water, including bottled drinking water, may be reasonably expected to contain at least small amounts of some constituents.  It’s important to remember that the presence of these constituents does not necessarily pose a health risk.

In the following 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.

ND/Low – High – For water systems that have multiple sources of water, the Utah Division of Drinking Water has given water systems the option of listing the test results of the constituents in one table, instead of multiple tables. To accomplish this, the lowest and highest values detected in the multiple sources are recorded in the same space in the report table.

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.

Nephelometric Turbidity Unit (NTU) – nephelometric turbidity unit is a measure of the clarity of water. Turbidity in excess of 5 NTU is just noticeable to the average person.

Action Level (AL) – the concentration of a contaminant which, 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.

Date– Because of required sampling time frames i.e. yearly, 3 years, 4 years and 6 years, sampling dates may seem out-dated.

ContaminantViolationY/NLevelDetectedND/Low-HighUnitMeasurementMCLGMCLDate SampledLikely Source of Contamination
Microbiological Contaminants
Turbidity for Ground WaterNSmiley, Yellow, Happy, Smile, Emoticon      .12 NTUN/A52016Soil runoff
Radioactive Contaminants       
Alpha emitters  NSmiley, Yellow, Happy, Smile, Emoticon2.5pCi/10152016Erosion of natural deposits
Radium 226NSmiley, Yellow, Happy, Smile, Emoticon0.07pCi/1052015Erosion of natural deposits
Radium 228NSmiley, Yellow, Happy, Smile, Emoticon0.33pCi/1052016Erosion of natural deposits  
Inorganic Contaminants       
Arsenic   NSmiley, Yellow, Happy, Smile, Emoticon2.3ppb0102016Erosion of natural deposits; runoff from orchards; runoff from glass and electronics production wastes
BariumNSmiley, Yellow, Happy, Smile, Emoticon54ppb200020002016 Discharge of drilling wastes; discharge from metal refineries; erosion of natural deposits
Copper90% results# of sites that exceed the ALNSmiley, Yellow, Happy, Smile, Emoticona.130 b.0ppb1300AL=13002016Corrosion of household plumbing systems; erosion of natural deposits
FluorideNSmiley, Yellow, Happy, Smile, Emoticon200ppb400040002016Erosion of natural deposits; water additive which promotes strong teeth; discharge from fertilizer and aluminum factories
Lead 90% results # of sites that   exceed the ALNSmiley, Yellow, Happy, Smile, Emoticona.   2.2 b.   0ppb0AL=152016Corrosion of household plumbing systems, erosion of natural deposits
Nitrate (as Nitrogen)NSmiley, Yellow, Happy, Smile, Emoticon200 -3600ppb10000100002016Runoff from fertilizer use; leaching from septic tanks, sewage; erosion of natural deposits
SeleniumNSmiley, Yellow, Happy, Smile, Emoticon1.3ppb50502016Discharge from petroleum and metal refineries; erosion of natural deposits; discharge from mines
SodiumNSmiley, Yellow, Happy, Smile, Emoticon16.8ppmNone set by EPANone set by EPA2016Erosion of natural deposits; discharge from refineries and factories; runoff from landfills.
SulfateNSmiley, Yellow, Happy, Smile, Emoticon86ppm100010002016Erosion of natural deposits; discharge from refineries and factories; runoff from landfills, runoff from cropland
TDS (Total Dissolved solids)NSmiley, Yellow, Happy, Smile, Emoticon374ppm200020002016Erosion of natural deposits
Disinfection Bi-products       
TTHM  NSmiley, Yellow, Happy, Smile, Emoticon1.4ppb0802016By-product of drinking water disinfection
ChlorineNSmiley, Yellow, Happy, Smile, EmoticonND –400ppb400040002016Water additive used to control microbes

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.  Richfield City Corporation 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.

As you can see by the table, our system had no violations.  We’re proud that your drinking water meets or exceeds all Federal and State requirements.  We have learned through our monitoring and testing that some constituents have been detected.  The EPA has determined that your water IS SAFE at these levels.

All sources of drinking water are subject to potential contamination by constituents that are naturally occurring or man-made.  Those constituents can be microbes, organic or inorganic chemicals, or radioactive materials.  All drinking water, including bottled water, may reasonable 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 contaminates and potential health effects can be obtained by calling the Environmental Protection Agency’s Safe Drinking Water Hotline at 1-800-426-4791.

MCLs 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 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.

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 about drinking water.  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). 

We at Richfield City Corporation work around the clock to provide top quality water to every tap.  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.

Do Not to Flush!

With today’s hectic schedules, we all enjoy the modern conveniences such as anti-bacterial wipes, diaper wipes, disposable diapers, etc.  Unfortunately, the pumps at our Sewer Lagoons have seen an increase in these types of products.  These items are notorious for plugging up pumps and can get caught on roots or other debris in laterals and sewer main lines causing backups to occur.  Maintenance costs to remove these products and repair equipment are increasing.  These items do not break-down like toilet paper does.

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Our sewer collection crew also has seen an increase in rags and wipes in our sewer mains. When backups occur as a result of these types of items, it is often at the expense of the property owner. Grease is another issue that causes homeowners problems.  Grease should be wiped from pans and disposed of in the garbage prior to washing dishes. Using soaps that claim to eliminate grease only breaks it down for a short period of time where it again solidifies further down the line, clinging to other debris such as rags or roots.  Remember, use your toilet only for its intended purpose.  Following this basic advice will help keep our maintenance costs down, and therefore help keep your bill as low as possible.  Thank You!

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Property owners are urged to contact their homeowner’s insurance agent to add sewer backup insurance as a rider to their policies, especially if you have an improved basement.  Sewer backups can occur for a variety of reasons, but that does not always mean there is liability on the part of the Richfield City.  Thus, for your protection, we recommend that you have adequate coverage. Talk with your agent to be sure your valuables are fully protected, and never store valuable items such as important documents, family pictures, and the like on the floor of your basement.