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NEWSLETTER - SUMMER
June 25, 2004 (With Updates As of July 11, 2004)

OUR MISSION
"To provide water service that is
dependable, economical, and
meets or exceeds health standards for all co-operative members”
 
TOPICS INSIDE
I. President’s Corner
II. Water Allocation
III. Multiple Services
IV. Security Concerns
V. Annual Water Quality Report 
VI. Financial
 
BWC OFFICE
LOCATION: 5901 Hillside Rd
MAIL: P.O. Box 164
HOURS: 7:30 am – 4:00 pm 
PHONE  410-586-8710 (ph)
            410-586-1963 (fax)
WEB: beacheswater.com
EMAIL: apc@chesapeake.net
EMERGENCY: 443-624-0721
DROP BOX: Outside Gate
 
Board of Directors
Gary Clarke - President
Bill Bozman – Vice President
Joan Humphreys –  Secretary / Treasurer
John Randall - Director
Dan Crain - Director

Don Riemers - Director
Sandy Anderson – Director
Chris Pappas - Director
Fritz Riedel - Director
 
Contract Management
Dennis DiBello - Business 
   Manager/ Superintendent
Linda Speciale – Receptionist
Jackie Jacob – Bookkeeper
Kenny Grover – Operations Tech.
Ray Foster - Maintenance Tech.

Monthly BWC Meeting
I. President’s Corner

As many of you know, our President, Jack Jorgensen, passed away last winter.  I still marvel at his serendipitous move to Long Beach at the exact time that several dedicated community members began the arduous task of purchasing and renovating a bankrupt water system and turning it into the model company it is today.  Jack's dedication, his unselfish willingness to serve the community he loved and of course his 55 years of experience in water system operation will never again be matched.  Rest assured that we will continue to operate this company in the same spirit that has guided him and the Board for the last twenty years.  The business name change from Beaches Water Company, Inc. to Beaches Water Co-operative was his idea and is an indication of how strongly Jack felt about accurately describing the member-owned operation that he helped to found and guided so skillfully for so long.

We will continue to miss Jack and his counsel as long as Beaches Water Co-operative exists.

Please plan to attend the Co-operative annual meeting in September.

Sincerely,

Gary Clarke,  President

Jack Jorgensen

Jack C. Jorgensen, 79, passed away on January 9, 2004 from cancer. He had a 60-year career in public service, including over 30 years with the U.S. Department of Interior, retiring in 1979 as the Assistant Director for Technology Transfer in the Office of Water Research and Technology. He was one of the founders of the National Water Supply Improvement Association.  As President of the Board of Directors of the Beaches Water Company, Jack provided the leadership for many of the system’s improvements. He was a 40-year resident of the Washington DC area, most recently of St. Leonard Maryland. 

Rededication of the Jorgensen Pump Station is scheduled for July 11, 2004 at 5:00 pm.  A brief reception will follow.


Announcing the Beaches Water Co-operative’s Annual Meeting
Date:  September 12, 2004                     Time: 3:00 pm 
Location:
  Long Beach Civic Center on Calvert Blvd


Water Quality Questions
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Do we add fluoride to the drinking water?

No we do not.  Although in some areas of the country water systems add fluoride to the water, Beaches Water Company is only licensed by the State of Maryland to treat the drinking water for bacterio- logical concerns.  Trace amounts of fluoride naturally occur in the aquifers, but those amounts are not significant to aid in children’s dental growth and development.  Many doctors/ dentists prescribe fluoride supplements or children’s vitamins with fluoride.

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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.


What are contaminants in my drinking water?  Drinking water, including bottled water, may reasonably be expected to contain at least small amounts of some contami- nants.  The presence of contaminants does not necessarily 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. In order to ensure that tap water is safe to drink, EPA prescribes regulations that limit the amount of certain contaminants in water provided by public water systems.  Food and Drug Administration (FDA) regulations establish limits for contaminants in bottled water which must provide the same protection for public health.
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II. Water Allocation

The Maryland Department of the Environment (MDE) permits water allocation to each and every user of water from the underground aquifers.  BWC’s permits have expired.  Our water system, developed in the 1930’s, predates MDE’s permitting of water allocation.  When water allocation was put in place, our allocation was based on the number of existing homes in the community and not the number of homes that would be built as is done with new subdivisions today.  Back then the number used to calculate our allocation may have been a little less than 400 homes.  We now are close to 800 homes and near the end of our potential build out.  Community water allocation is calculated on a per household basis.  We have been negotiating with MDE to determine exactly what needs to be done to increase our allocation.  We have contended that we are not a new user and our original allocation was incorrectly calculated based on the number of existing homes and not on our build out.  This then should allow an administrative paper work change.  MDE does not have any aquifer performance data for our area and therefore would like us to do engineering and hydro geological tests to demonstrate aquifer draw down and replenishment.  Unfortunately, this can be at the costs of over $10,000.00 to prove that the aquifers can meet our daily needs, in which they already do.  No matter the outcome of this situation, in the coming months, we will be hosting public hearings to discuss renewing our water allocation permits.  We have been extremely conservative in our water management and that has allowed the number of homes to double under the existing allocation.  In these public hearings, we will present our needs and request the allocation that should have been originally established for us.  We look forward to your support in this matter.

III. Multiple Services


The Bylaws of the Co-operative charge the Board of Directors with maintaining the financial health of the
Co-operative.  Being a member-owned not-for-profit business means that each member pays his or her fair share for the availability of a safe and secure water supply now and in the future.  The understanding under the Rules is that each connection serves one household, and multiple households on one tap are considered to be the same as additional hookups.  Past practice has always been that the term “household” refers to any portion of a dwelling, which could function alone, meaning that it has a separate bathroom and kitchen facilities.  This would clearly mean any attached or detached building, which is so equipped, or even a basement or other apartment so equipped within the dwelling.  This is simple and clear in the case of the rental of an apartment, garage, or other portion of a dwelling.  However, it must also include "mother-in-law apartments" equipped and used in that way whether they are charged for or not.  If your property falls within this description and is actively used in this way, please be aware that you are responsible for paying for the water use of multiple households both because it is necessary under the rules but also because it is only fair to our other members, your neighbors.   If this describes your property, please contact the Co-operative and we will adjust your bill accordingly.  If you were unaware of this requirement and notify the Co-operative, you will be billed only on a future basis, not for past usage. 

IV. Security Concerns

Due to the increased concern about the security of water systems, many measures are in place to ensure the safety of our drinking water. These measures include fencing, lighting, wellheads concrete enclosures, and emergency alert procedures. Any unauthorized entry into the fenced area must be fully reported.  Please ensure your children do not enter the fenced in areas of the water company.  If you see unusual behavior at the pumping stations or hydrants, please give us a call.

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.

Maximum Residual Disinfectant Level  - (MRDL) Maximum residual disinfectant level. 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

V. Annual Water Quality Report
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Our drinking water is safe and meets all federal and state requirements for community drinking water.  In 2003, there were no water quality violations. Our water quality results are based on monitoring for the period of January 1st to December 31st, 2003.  Results are also presented from the previous year.  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 detected.  The amount of containments in our drinking water is well below levels set by the Environmental Protection Agency in all categories.  We routinely monitor for constituents in your drinking water according to Federal and State laws.  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.  If you have any questions about the Annual Water Quality Report or concerning your water service, please contact us at 410-586-8710.-

Microbial
Results
MCLG
MCL
Level
Detected
Violation Likely Source
of Contamination
2003 Test Results
Total
Coliform 
Bacteria
0
not > 5% monthly
samples
 0
NO
Naturally present in the environment
Di (2-ethylhexyl) phthalate (ppb) 0 6 5.5 NO Discharge from rubber and chemical factories
2002 Test Results
Arsenic (ppb)
1.0
10
7
NO
Natural deposits
Iron - (mg/l)
--
--
 0.14
NO
Natural deposits
Fluoride- (mg/l)
4
4
0.32
NO
Erosion of natural deposits; Leaching
Sodium - (mg/l)
--
--
 9.96
NO
Erosion of natural deposits; Leaching
Gross Alpha (pCi/l)
0
15
1
NO
Erosion of natural deposits
Gross Beta (pCi/l)
0
50
17
NO
Erosion of natural deposit

Maryland Department of the Environment (MDE) has completed a Source Water Assessment of the Beaches Water Company wells in the Nanjomoy and Aquia aquifers.  This report is available in the office for public review. 


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 continues 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.


 
Schedule of Fees
(Current As of July 11, 2004)
Application/Transfer Fee
    $40.00
Quarterly Service
     $75.00
New Service
     $3,000.00
Pool (annual)
     $75.00
Shut-off
    $75.00  ($40.00
 Customer’s Request)
Reconnect
     $40.00
Extended Shut-off
     $300.00
Return Check
     $25.00
Late Penalty
  One time 10% applied
15 days after quarter

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Quarterly Billing


January 1 April 1
July 1 October 1


A 10% finance charge is
assessed 10 days after
the quarter for unpaid bills.

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/Centers for Disease Control (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).

VI. Financial

Concerned customers have asked if the increase in the County’s Water fees will affect BWC’s customers.  The County’s water rates do not affect our customers and our rates will stay at their current levels for the upcoming fiscal year.

The following chart is a breakdown of the budget for the fiscal year 2005, 7/1/04 – 6/30/05.

BWC FY 2005 BUDGET
INCOME
  Water service
231,600.00
  Pool water service
2,250.00
  Space Rental
4,500.00
  Advertising-Quarterly
3,000.00
  Application & Transfer Fees
2,000.00
  Hook ups
10,000.00
  Total Income
$253,350.00
BWC FY 2005 BUDGET
EXPENSES
   Auditing
4,100.00
   Bad Debt
200.00
   Bank Service Charges
200.00
   Contributions
200.00
   Depreciation Expense
 43,339.00
   Professional Memberships
400.00
   Engineering
500.00
   Insurance
10,000.00
   Loan Interest
700.00
   Mortgage Interest - GMAC
2,340.00
   Mortgage Paydown - GMAC
15,600.00
   Mortgage Interest -MDE
1,970.00
   Legal
350.00
   Licenses and Permits
200.00
   Office - Other
3,960.00
   Operating Supplies
  8,500.00
   Repairs & Maintenance
10,000.00
   Routine Service
128,688.00
   Solid Waste Fee
103.00
   Utilities
20,000.00
   Water Testing
2,000.00
   Total Expense
$253,350.00
 

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Please submit all questions and comments to 
beacheswater5901@gmail.com