Annual Drinking Water
TOWN OF OLD FORT WATER SYSTEM
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We are pleased to
present to you this year's Annual Drinking Water Quality
report is a snapshot of last year’s water quality.
Included are details about your source(s) of water,
what it contains, and how it compares to standards set by
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 and to providing you with this information because
informed customers are our best allies.
If you have any questions about this report or
concerning your water, please contact Tony West at
want our valued customers to be informed about their water
utility. If you
want to learn more, please attend any of our regularly
They are held at Old Fort Town Hall, usually on the
third Monday of each month at 5:30 pm.
What EPA Wants You to Know
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 Environmental Protection Agency's Safe Drinking
Water Hotline (800-426-4791).
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. 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).
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
Town of Old Fort 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
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. 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; and radioactive
contaminants, which can be naturally-occurring or be the
result of oil and gas production and mining activities.
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
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