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June 28, 2006 

"To provide water service that is depend- able, economical, and meets or exceeds health standards for all co-operative members”
I. President’s Corner
II. Water System Improvements
III. Water Allocation
IV. Annual Water Quality Report
V. Financial
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)
EMERGENCY: 410-231-1156
DROP BOX: Outside Gate

Board of Directors
Gary Clarke - President
Bill Bozman – Vice President
Sandy Anderson –  Secretary- Treasurer
Dan Crain - Director
Chris Pappas - Director
Fritz Riedel - Director
Contract Management
Dennis DiBello - Business 
   Manager / Superintendent
Jackie Jacob – Bookkeeper
Linda Speciale – Receptionist
Kenny Grover – Operations Tech.
Ray Foster - Maintenance Tech.
Wayne Gladhill-Helper

Monthly BWC Meeting

I. President’s Corner

We have had a somewhat mixed year at Beaches Water Cooperative.  One of our technicians suffered an injury, and that has delayed many capital repairs that we normally accomplish in the spring each year.  As a result, we have not spent much of our capital budget, but the work remains.  We are gradually catching up now.  We cannot afford contractors, unless we need to depend on them to do something we cannot, or they have specialized equipment we cannot justify purchasing.  We are still chasing system leaks in some areas of the system, but we identify frequency and replace lines where necessary to avoid future problems.

The shocking thing this year is utilities (read: electricity).  Costs are running more than 20% over budget with a month to go in the fiscal year.  With increase projections running up to 75%, we have no choice but to increase water rates this year.  We struggled with this necessity, but we cannot take a chance on insolvency.  Our operator, Dennis DiBello, is one of the most frugal people I have ever met, and he does not spend a penny of the Cooperative’s budget that is not absolutely necessary.

We can all help to keep costs down through conservation.  We all water our plants to keep them alive, but we all also have neighbors who water the street and driveway while they water their lawns, or who set up a sprinkler and leave it there, to wash nutrients from the soil and waste a precious resource at the same time.  Please be aware that water is just that, and use it responsibly.

Please try to attend the annual meeting in September.


Gary Clarke, President


Announcing the Beaches Water Company’s Annual Meeting

Date:  September 10, 2006              Time: 3:00 pm

Location:  Long Beach Civic Center on Calvert Blvd

Water Quality Questions

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 Co-op is only licensed by the State of Maryland to treat the drinking water for bacteriological 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/dentist prescribe fluoride supplements or children’s vitamins with fluoride.


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. 

II. Water System Improvements

In this past year, we have focused on maintaining and rebuilding our infrastructure.  With some parts of our system dating back to the 1930’s and the system evolving as needed over the years, we have many non-standard configurations.   We continue our systematic process of replacing in-ground pipe to eliminate the “old” mains while increasing system control and reliability.  This year we abandoned an old 2” line on Flag Harbor Boulevard and tied into an 8” main.  We are currently upgrading the water line on Avenue C.  Completion of this project will eliminate many potential leaks in this area.  Our “piece meal” approach allows us to work within a yearly budget without a major cost expenditure.  The most needy sections (as determined by past leaks or lack of isolation) get replaced first.  We are also factoring in considerations to get pipe out from under the roadway to eliminate tearing up roads when we have to do work. 

III. 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.  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 cost over $10,000 to prove that the aquifers can meet our daily needs, 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.

What are contaminants in my drinking water?
Drinking 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 (EPA) Safe Drinking Water Hotline (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.
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

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

IV. Annual Water Quality & Consumer Confidence Report
Our drinking water is safe and meets all federal and state requirements for community drinking water.  In 2005, there were no water quality violations. Our water quality results are based on the monitoring cycle for the contaminant up to December 31st, 2005.  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 contaminates.  It's important to remember that the presence of these contaminates 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





Likely Source of Contamination

Total Coliform Bacteria


> 5%



Naturally present in the environment

Di (2-ethylhexyl) phthalate (ppb)





Discharge from rubber and chemical factories

Arsenic (ppb)





Natural deposits

Copper (mg/l)





Natural deposits; corrosion of household piping

Iron - (mg/l)





Natural deposits

Fluoride - (mg/l)





Erosion of natural deposits; Leaching

Sodium - (mg/l)





Erosion of natural deposits; Leaching

Total Trihalomethanes (mg/l)





By-product of drinking water disinfection

Gross Alpha (pCi/l)





Erosion of natural deposits

Gross Beta (pCi/l)





Erosion of natural deposits

* The well pumps at the Slater Pumping Station have been re-wired to sequence the three wells supplying the highest water quality by blending the water outflow.

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

Schedule of Fees
Application/Transfer Fee . $40.00
Quarterly Service ............   $85.00
New Service ............... $3,000.00
Pool (annual) ................. $85.00
Shut-off  ......................  $85.00
Customer’s Request)
Reconnect ...................  $40.00
Extended Shut-off  ........... $340.00
Return Check  ............. $25.00
Late Penalty One time 10% app- lied 15 days after end of quarter.

Quarterly Billing
January 1 April 1
July 1 October 1

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

Service Advisory  -- We will be flushing community fire hydrants the week of August 7-11 starting at 9:00 a.m.  This may cause the water to be discolored water due to disturbing the sediment and deposits in the pipes.  This sediment is naturally occurring minerals in the water.  Discolored water poses no health hazard. It is free from harmful bacteria and safe for all household uses, such as showering, cooking, flushing of toilets, etc. You can drink the discolored water, but it may taste different. However, you should NOT wash clothes in your washing machine if the water is dis- colored as clothing may stain.  Flush you water lines though an outside hose bib to clear up the discoloration.

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).

V. Financial

The following chart is a breakdown of the budget for the fiscal year 2007, 7/1/06 – 6/30/07.



Water service


Pool water service


Space Rental




Application & Transfer Fees


Hook ups


Total Income






Bad Debt


Bank Service Charges




Depreciation Expense


Professional Memberships






Loan Interest


Mortgage Interest - GMAC


Mortgage Pay Down - GMAC


Mortgage Interest - MDE




Licenses and Permits


Office - Other


Operating Supplies


Repairs & Maintenance


Routine Service


Solid Waste Fee




Water Testing


New Water Allocation Expense


Total Expense




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