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Beaches Water Co.
NEWSLETTER - SUMMER   June 06, 2002
"To provide water service that is dependable, economical, and
meets or exceeds health standards
for all co-operative members”
I. President’s Corner
II. Water Usage & Conservation
III. Annual Water Quality Report 
IV. Water Quality Improvements
V. Hydrant flushing
VI. Financial
LOCATION: 5901 Hillside Rd
MAIL: P.O. Box 164
PHONE:  (410) 586-8710
DROP BOX: Outside Gate
Board of Directors
(As of June 6, 2002)
Jack Jorgensen - President
Tony Penna – Vice President
Gary Clarke – Secretary / Treasurer
John Randall - Director
Bill Bozman - Director
Joan Humphreys – Director
Jim Rivera - Director
Contract Management
(As of June 6, 2002)
Dennis DiBello - Business 
   Manager/ Superintendent
Linda Speciale – Receptionist
Jackie Jacob – Bookkeeper
Patty Boswell – Office Assistant
Kenny Grover – Operations Tech.
Ray Foster - Maintenance Tech.

I. President’s Corner

The year has been a busy and productive one with some new homes and new members added to our system, along with completing several distribution system modifications. We continue to deliver water of the highest quality and provide dependable service. Our manager, Mr. Dennis DiBello and his staff, Kenny Grover and Ray Foster, are to be congratulated.

However, the weather patterns in our area have not been very cooperative with a continuing drought extending through spring and now into early summer. Our groundwater pump withdrawal system is being subjected to near capacity and the State of Maryland is about to impose restrictions in order to protect the overtaxed groundwater aquifers. The unusual amount of lawn watering, particularly with newly established lawns around the new homes, is the primary cause.

Therefore, we are asking for your help by observing a few conditions with respect to lawn watering. First and foremost, water in the evening. It is a well-established fact that watering in the heat of the day results in the loss to evaporation of as much as 50% of the applied water. Second, set up a schedule for moving sprinklers and make sure that you do it. Some sprinklers have been known to run all day or night unattended.

We have had a great year and I want to thank you all for your cooperation in the success of our member owned not- for-profit water company. A special thanks for the volunteer members of you board of directors who have donated many hours of their spare time to make it all possible.

Jack C. Jorgensen

Water Quality Questions
Milky Water?

Cold water holds more oxygen than warm water.  When water enters your house it warms up allowing oxygen bubbles to escape that make the water look "milky".  To determine if this is what is happening, run water in a glass.  If the water clears from the bottom to top, then this phenomenon is occurring.

Chlorine smell?

Water is disinfected to ensure it is safe to drink.   Chlorine treatment is the most common and effective disinfectant.  At times the treated water may have a chlorine smell. This is the free chlorine residual that we must maintain to ensure the water at your tap is safe to drink.   Letting the water stand for a few minutes dissipates the smell.

All drinking water, including bottled water, may reasonably be expected to contain at least small amounts of some con- taminants.  The presence of contaminants does not necess- arily indicate that the 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 at 1-800-426-4791.
II. Water Usage & Conservation

Recently the demand for water has increased due to the decrease in rainfall and the addition of more customers. This demand has caused some strain on our systems. Therefore, please use water wisely.  Some conservation items are listed below.

Community water allocation is calculated on a per household basis.  If we fail to use our water wisely, the Maryland Department of the Environment can impose mandatory water usage restrictions. 

Minimizing Water Usage:

Indoor water usage

Bullet Turn off the water while shaving or brushing your teeth; this can save up to 10 gallons of water per day. 
Bullet Run dishwashers and washers only when you have a full load.  Dish- washers use up to 15 gallons and Washers use up to 25 gallons of water for each load. 
Bullet Fix leaky faucets and toilets.  A leaky faucet or toilet can waste up to 25 gallons of water per day. 
Bullet Replace conventional faucets and showerheads with low flow ones. 
Bullet In the kitchen: defrost food in refrigerator or microwave instead of under running water. A running faucet uses about a gallon of water per minute

Outdoor water usage

BWC discourages lawn watering.  Almost half the water used by our members during the summer months is for outside water use, primarily lawn watering.  Most grasses can weather dry periods by going dormant.  Lawns quickly revive and turn green again after a rainfall.  Consider only watering plants that may die from a lack of water.  Here are some tips for effective watering if you have to water outside plants.

Bullet Don’t water on windy days.  The water only evaporates or blows to your neighbor’s yard
Bullet Water every third day, over watering, washes nutrients from the soil and can cause root rot.
Bullet Water only long enough to put down ½” of water, use a soup can as a gauge.  More water will only wash nutrients below the root line.
Bullet If it rains, don’t water for 2-3 days
Bullet To minimize the lawn watering effectiveness, lawn watering should occur between 6-9 a.m. and 6-9 p.m.   Overnight watering is prohibited.
Bullet Cover pools to prevent evaporation: An average uncovered pool loses about an inch of water a week because of evaporation; it also helps keep your pool clean.


Where Does Our Water Come From?
The sources of our drinking water are from 4 wells in the Nanjemoy and from 4 wells in the Aquia Aquifers, which lie respectively about 350 and 450 feet below the earth’s surface in a confined layer.  An aquifer is like an underground river, which is tapped by drilling wells and pumping the water to the surface for distribution.  The 350 feet of earth between the surface water sources and this underground river helps to purify the water before it actually reaches the aquifer, making it easier for us to treat before we pump it into your water distribution system.  The BWC wells are located in confined aquifers in the coastal plain as classified by the MDE source water assessment plan.  The confined layer offers the greatest amount of protection against surface contamination.  The replenishment zones for our aquifers are located in northern Maryland and southern Pennsylvania.

Arsenic Informational Statement

While your drinking water meets EPA’s standard for arsenic, it does contain low levels of arsenic. EPA’s standard balances the current understanding of arsenic’s possible heath effects against the cost of removing arsenic from drinking water.  EPA contin- ues to research the health effect of low levels of arsenic. Arsenic is a mineral known to, at high concentrations, cause cancer in humans, and is linked to other health effects such as skin damage and circulatory problems.

Security Concerns
Due to the September 11 attack, there has been concern about the security of the water system. Many steps have been made to ensure the quality of our service. Some of which are; fencing, lighting and emergency notification booklets in and around all pumping stations. Locks on all gauges and other electronic devices, all wellheads have concrete rings and covers. Any unauthorized entry into the fenced area must be fully reported. 


III. Annual Water Quality Report
Our drinking water is safe and meets all federal and state requirements for community drinking water.  In 2001, there were no treatment plant, distribution system, bacteriological, or chemical Maximum Containment Level (MCL) violations. 

Our water quality results are based on testing done throughout the annual year 2001.  Terminology used in this report is what is generally accepted as a means of measurement of the degree of contaminates in the water.  Contaminates include natural occurring items in the water such as minerals and foreign matter which may or may not be acceptable based on the level.  The amount of containments in our drinking water is well below levels set by the Environmental Protection Agency in all categories.

Some Terms Defined
Action Level (AL) - The concentration of a contaminant, which, if exceeded, triggers treatment or other requirements, which a water system must follow.
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.
Treatment Technique (TT)  - A treatment technique is a required process intended to reduce the level of a contaminant in drinking water.
Maximum Contaminant Level  - 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  - The “Goal”(MCLG) is the level of a contaminant in the drinking water table (shown below), which there is no known or expected risk to health.  MCLGs allow for a margin of safety.
Water Characteristics tested in 2001
Violation Likely Source
of Contamination
1.  Total
not to
exceed 5% of monthly
Naturally Occurring
Contaminant MCLG
Likely Source
of Contamination
Arsenic (ppb)
Erosion of natural deposits
Nitrate (ppm)
< 1
Runoff from fertilizer use,
leaching from septic tanks, sewage, erosion of natural deposits
Nitrite (ppm)
< 1
Lead (ppb)
Corrosion of household plumbing systems, erosion of natural deposits
Copper (ppm)
*A standard greater than 10 is in the process of being established.

The Beaches Water Company routinely monitors for constituents in your drinking water according to Federal and State laws. The tables above show the results of our monitoring for the period of January 1st to December 31st, 2001. 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.
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. 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).

If you have any questions about the Annual Water Quality Report or concerning your water service, please contact us at 410-586-8710. 
Usted puede obtener esta informacion en espanol por llamar por telefono la casa del ayuntamiento de Beaches Water Company a 410-586-8710.

Right of Access

BWC at times must enter or work in your yard to operate or maintain the water system. We are required to take water samples, take pressure readings, operate valves, or dig up buried pipes. As stated in the Water User Agreement form item 2 “Member agrees to grant the Association, its successors and assigns, a perpetual easement in, over, under and upon the above described land, with the right to erect, construct, install, lay and thereafter use, operate, inspect, repair, maintain, replace, and remove water pipelines and appurtenant facilities, together with the right to utilize adjoining lands belonging to Member for the purpose of ingress and egress.” It is necessary for Beaches Water Co. to have the right to access pipelines and other BWC property at all times. BWC ensures the restoration of all property to its original state.

Schedule of Fees
(As of June 6, 2002)
Quarterly Service
New Service
Pool (annual)
    $70.00  ($40.00
 Customer’s Request)
Extended Shut-off
Return Check
Late Penalty
     One time 10% applied
15 days after quarter

Quarterly Billing
January 1 April 1
July 1 October 1
A 10% finance charge is
assessed 15 days after
the quarter for unpaid bills

Meeting Notification

Announcing the Beaches Water
Company’s Annual Meeting

Date:  September 8, 2002
Time:  3:00 p.m.
Location:  Long Beach Civic
Center on Calvert Blvd.


IV. Water Quality Improvements

The BWC field staff has been incredibly busy with fixing leaks as well as making improvements to the system.  These guys work extremely hard under very harsh and undesirable conditions.  We thank you for all the nice gestures and comments made about their work.  A positive comment goes a long way, a cool drink even further!

We are currently working on a pressure mapping system. Because of the recent expansion of our water system, the pressure within the system has decreased. 

V. Hydrant Flushing

Hydrants are flushed in the Fall/Summer months.  During the flushing, you may notice cloudy air-entrained, brown water, which can be cleared by running your water for a few minutes.  Start with the highest faucet in the house and then every other faucet working from the highest point in the house to the lowest floor.  This is a temporary situation, which should clear in 24 hours.  You may also want to run your washer without clothes to ensure the discolored water does not stain any fabrics.  This situation may also occur if we are making repairs or additions to the system.  We make every effort to bleed outside faucets in the areas affected. This flushing will take place the week of August 19th – 23rd, 2002. We appreciate your patience. 

Check with your insurance company for reduced rates for having
nearby hydrants.  Some members have reported as much as
$30.00 per year reduction in insurance rates.

VI. Financial

Beginning with January 2002 billing, Beaches Water Company has defrayed the billing by including advertisements from local businesses on the back of the quarterly statements and as inserts.  The sale of advertising space reduces our expenses of making the invoices.

The following chart is a breakdown of the budget for the fiscal year 2003, 7/1/02 – 6/31/03

Water service
Shut off/Reconnect fees
Pool water service
Space Rental
Total Income
$ 219,798.00
Bad Debt
Bank Service Charges
Depreciation Expense
Professional Memberships
Loan Interest
Mortgage Interest - GMAC
Mortgage Paydown - GMAC
Mortgage Interest -MDE
Licenses and Permits
Office - Other
Operating Supplies
Repairs & Maintenance
Routine Service
Water Testing
Total Expense
$ 219,798.00
Beaches Water Company being a community owned not-for-profit system works closely with its members to assist with problems on the service line from the road to the house.  The responsibility of the water company ends at the curb valve.  In those cases where the leak exists on the member’s property, BWC can advise various courses of action that can be more economical than just calling the first available plumber at premium fees. 


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