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June 26, 2007
"To provide water service that is dependable, economical, and meets or exceeds health standards for all cooperative members"
- President's Corner
- Water System Improvements
- Water Conservation
- Right of Ways
- Deep Water Aquifers
- Annual Water Quality Report
5901 Hillside Rd
P.O. Box 164
7:30 am - 4:00 pm
(410) 586-8710 (ph)
(410) 586-1963 (fax)
Gary Clarke - President
Bill Bozman - Vice President
Sandy Anderson - Sec-Treas.
Dan Crain - Director
Chris Pappas - Director
Fritz Riedel - Director
Dennis DiBello - Business Manager/ Superintendent
Jackie Jacob - Bookkeeper
Rhonda Kline - Receptionist
Kenny Grover - Operations Tech.
Ray Foster - Maintenance Tech.
a monthly Board of Director's meeting at the office (5901 Hillside
Road) generally on the second Thursday of the month. Call ahead. (410)
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.
- 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
Arsenic Informational Statement:
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.
What are contaminants in my drinking water?
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.
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), at 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
Schedule of Fees
$40.00 (Customer's Request)
One time 10% applied 15 days after end of quarter
January 1 April 1
July 1 October 1
A 10% finance charge is assessed 10 days after the quarter for unpaid bills.
-- 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 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 discolored as clothing may stain. Flush your water lines though an outside hose bib to clear up the discoloration.
some background on Beaches Water Cooperative: We are a true member
owned cooperative, and have a contract with Dennis DiBello, Systems
Manager and Superintendent. Dennis and his company are in charge of the
day-to-day operation of the system. Dennis increases his contract rate
annually only by the percentage of increase in the Consumer Price Index
and takes cost reduction into serious consideration in every action he
takes on our behalf. We have an unpaid Board of Directors which directs
the course of action and planning of the company, oversees the budget,
determines rates and rules, and makes recommendations to the membership
concerning the future of the company.
business of treating and distributing water to our community has
changed greatly in the past few years. The major consideration for all
of Southern Maryland is that there is less water available in our
aquifers and we must plan around that fact. Maintenance to the system,
repairs, and system upgrades are major components of our budget. We
must allow sufficient capital to meet the replacement needs for pumps,
piping, and structures, as well as improvements to better control the
water pressure and supply, and to plan for a future with less water for
a larger population.
Any use of water
has a cost associated with it, and one of our goals for the future is
the addition of meters to fairly charge for water use over and above a
base amount. We estimate that meter installation would currently cost
$1.3 million. Another long term goal is to add an elevated storage and
distribution tank at the top of the hill on Locust Street which would
allow proper pressure for homes and fire hydrants in that area and
better pressure control in a major part of the system. Large projects
such as meters and a new water tank are financially out of reach
without access to grants.
One way to
achieve these goals would be the successful passage of proposed
legislation to allow our co-op to present to the members the option of
our becoming a Sanitary District or Water Authority, operated exactly
as we are now but with the option to obtain low-to-no-cost grants.
can all help control costs through sensible conservation inside and
outside our homes. Be aware that attempting to have a lush green lawn
in the middle of summer is a waste of a precious resource and our
funds, and can actually cause us to exceed the capacity of the system.
Please read our Consumer Confidence Report and plan to attend our annual meeting in September for further information.
Gary Clarke, President
Announcing the Beaches Water Cooperative's Annual Meeting
September 9, 2007 Time:
Long Beach Civic Center on Calvert Blvd
last year we finished up work in replacing the main on Avenue C. This
area had been plagued with many water leaks and over the years the road
had been widened placing our water main under the asphalt. We
appreciate the patience and the support of the residents on Avenue C as
we worked through this upgrade. In the upcoming year our planned
capital improvements to the system include continued main replacements
in areas where we've had leaks, repair and painting of our tanks, well
testing for water allocation, and future planning and engineering for
water meters and an elevated storage tank.
the summer progresses we ask everyone to be water usage conscious.
Using 3 hoses to water a yard puts an extreme demand on the water
service for the community as a whole. Three hoses can drain as much as
15 gallons a minute off the system and a single well pump provides only
50 gallons a minute. So if we had three households running 3 garden
hoses it would almost drain the capacity of one well pump. The same
situation applies to underground sprinklers. On a hot summer weekend we
may draw down our 100,000 gallon storage tank as well as have 6 wells
pumping over 300 gallons a minute which for the weekend can be more
than 500,000 gallons. Storage tank and pumpage combined is over 600,000
gallons for a single weekend! Please use our water resource wisely.
aid in water conservation for our community, BWC is offering, at
wholesale cost, water saving shower heads and faucet aerators. These
water saving devices use 1/2 to 1/4 less water than the regular devices
and produce similar water pressures. They are reported to provide the
same enjoyment as their high flow counter parts. If enough members
participate in this conservation effort we could save millions of
gallons of water a year. These water saving devices can be purchased,
by our members only, at the BWC office for the following prices:
||Wholesale (your price)
||Retail List Price
|Toilet Tank Dams
origins of the BWC system date back to the early 1930's. The water
system at that time was developed to supply water to a few homes and
over the years has evolved into the system we have today. We now supply
water to almost 800 homes. During this evolution, the water system went
from being a privately owned system to being a community owned
not-for-profit system. Since the water system developed in conjunction
with the growth of the community, right-of-ways were granted to the
water company for installing and maintaining the water distribution on
the streets in the community. From time to time it is necessary to
repair, replace, or install new distribution piping in these
right-of-ways. When this happens, you may notice digging along side the
road in the right-of-ways. These road right-of-ways exist past the
paved portion of the road and are usually 40 or 50 feet wide where as
the road may only be 25 foot wide. Many community members maintain
these right-of-ways areas as part of their yards. When it is necessary
to dig in these areas we will always return theses areas to the same or
better condition that they were in prior to the work. Remember we are a
member owned organization and those BWC guys out there working are
looking out for the best interests of the community.
does our water come from? How much is there? How long will it last?
These are some of the many questions that scientists are studying in
our area. What we know is that our deep water aquifers contain water
that rained on the earth thousands of years ago. These deep water
aquifers are recharged at a very slow rate. The recharge zones are in
southern Pennsylvania and northern Maryland. One of our wells is used
by the scientists for monitoring the level of the aquifer. It has
dropped slowly over the last few years indicating that the usage
exceeds the recharge rate. Our wells draw our water from the Nanjemoy
and Aquia aquifers which are in the 300 to 400 foot range. In the
future we may have to drill a deeper well into the Patapsco formation
which is between 800 and 1000 feet. The cost to drill into the Patapsco
formation is about $250,000. St. Mary's County's METCOM is planning
their first well into the Patapsco formation. BWC understands that
sometime in the future we will have to do this also.
Our drinking water is safe and meets all federal and state requirements for community drinking water. In 2006, there were no water quality violations.
Our water quality results are based on the monitoring cycle for the
contaminant up to December 31st, 2006. Terminology used in this report
is what is generally accepted as a means of measurement of the degree
of contaminants in the water. Contaminants include naturally occurring
items in the water such as minerals and foreign matter that may or may
not be acceptable based on the level detected. The amount
of contaminants in our drinking water is well below levels set by the
Environmental Protection Agency in all categories. We
routinely monitor for contaminants 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 contaminants. It's important to remember that the presence of
these contaminants does not necessarily pose a health risk. If you have
any questions about the Annual Water Quality Report please contact us
||Likely Source of Contamination
|Total Coliform Bacteria
||> 5% samples
||Naturally present in the environment
|Di (2-ethylhexyl) phthalate (ppb)
||Discharge from rubber and chemical factories
||Natural deposits; corrosion of household piping
|Iron - (mg/L)
|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
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.
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 microbial contaminants are available from the Safe Water
Drinking Hotline (800-426-4791).
The following chart is a breakdown of the budget for the fiscal year 7/1/07 - 6/30/08.
|BWC FY 2007/08 BUDGET
|Pool water service
|Application & Transfer Fees
|BWC FY 2007/08 BUDGET
|Bank Service Charges
|Mortgage Pay Down
|Mortgage Interest - MDE
|Licenses and Permits
|Office - Other
|Repairs & Maintenance
|Solid Waste Fee & BRF
|New Water Allocation Expense
In Memory of Linda Speciale
are deeply saddened by the passing of our office receptionist, Linda
Speciale, earlier this year. Linda had worked for Beaches Water Co-op
for over 7 years at the time of her death. Her position covered a range
of duties. Linda answered calls from customers, notified the field
technicians of problems in the system, ordered supplies and equipment,
compiled information and prepared reports along with myriad other
tasks. Her friendly manner and positive outlook quickly defused tense
situations and her cheerful enthusiasm created a warm and enjoyable
work environment. She was always willing to help where it was needed
and was a great asset to our company.
is survived by her husband, two daughters, three grandchildren, her
sister, brother, father, mother in law and several nieces and nephews.
Linda was special and will be greatly missed.
Please submit all questions and comments