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June 20, 2008
"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
- Annual Water Quality Report
5901 Hillside Rd
P.O. Box 164
8:00 am - 4:00 pm
(410) 586-8710 (ph)
(410) 586-1963 (fax)
Gary Clarke - President
Fritz Riedel - Vice President
Sandy Anderson - Sec-Treas.
Bill Bozman - Director
Dan Crain - Director
Chris Pappas - Director
Cooper - Director
Dennis DiBello -
Business Manager/ Superintendent
Jackie Jacob - Bookkeeper
Kenny Grover - Operations Tech.
Ray Foster - Maintenance Tech.
Attend a monthly Board of
Director’s meeting at the office
(5901 Hillside Road) generally on the second Thursday of the month. Call
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 bacter- iological
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 doc- tors/dentists 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
trea- ted 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
water meets EPA’s standard for arsenic, it does contain low levels of
EPA’s standard balances the current understanding of arsen- ic’s
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
con- centrations, cause cancer in humans, and is linked to other health
such as skin dam- age and circulatory problems.
are contaminants in my drinking water?
including bottled water, may reasonably be expected to contain at least
amounts of some contaminants. The presence of contaminants does not
indicate that water poses a health risk. More information about
and potential health effects can be obtained by calling the
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
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:
- The concentration of a contaminant, which, if exceeded, triggers
treatment or other requirements, which a water system must follow.
(ND) - Laboratory analysis indicates that the
constituent is not present.
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.
per billion (ppb) or Micrograms per liter - One part per
billion corresponds to one minute in 2,000 years, or a single penny in
Technique (TT) - A treatment technique is a required
process intended to reduce the level of a contaminant in drinking water.
- 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.
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.
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 dis- infectant is necessary for con- trol of
One time 10%
applied 10 days after end of quarter
1 April 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 July 14-18,
starting at 9:00 a.m. This
the water to be discolored
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
water, but it may taste different. However, you should NOT
clothes in your washing machine if the water is discolored as clothing
your water lines
though an outside hose bib to clear up the discoloration.
Many of you came to the
National Night Out at the LBCA building last summer, and know that we
working on the possibility of adding water meters to our system. It seems fair to charge
each member a base
fee which would cover the basic financial needs of the company, and
who choose to use more water to pay for that privilege through a scale
metered usage. The
would offset our costs and fund improvements.
Meters would also include backflow prevention
to help protect our water
supply, and electronic transmitters which would allow automated
reading. When a
similar but larger system installed meters, their overall usage fell
dramatically because members were able to identify leaks and excess
their homes, saving everyone money. Our current system does not
economy, though many of you take conservation seriously. We need to do
Authority: Our first
investigations into meter installation have been difficult. We are
some of the housings for the meters as we install the remaining cutoffs
system, to get a feel for our ability to do the installations in house. The increase in water
bills per household to
cover meter installation would be prohibitive, even working with USDA
on a long
term government loan. A preliminary study would cost $20,000 in
fees alone, with estimated costs ranging between $800,000 to
more, for the whole job. One option is to pursue becoming a Water
through a bill which has been proposed in the state legislature. As a Water Authority or
we would be eligible for grants which would allow us to complete the
would require approval of the membership to proceed with a vote to
would be operated and
governed exactly as we are now, but we would have the same authority as
municipal water system. If
this bill is
passed and becomes law, we would have one year to schedule a meeting
membership asking for a change in the by-laws to allow us to proceed.
Allocation: Maryland Dept. of the
Environment issues permits to certain entities to “appropriate and use”
permits limit the amount
of water an entity may draw from public sources, such as aquifers. Due to an administrative
error in processing
the original application for our permit when the Cooperative was first
incorporated, our permitted allocation was insufficient to accommodate
growth of our community. As
we are exceeding our Water Appropriation, and this issue will be
by the Maryland Department of the Environment.
We are working very hard to apply for an
increase in allocation, and
hope to complete that work quickly enough that we will not be fined for
usage. The top proposed fine is $25,000, and that money would be better
invested in improving our system.
Restrictions: All of us by now
know that clean water availability is a hot topic here in Maryland, in
country, and throughout the world. The drought last summer forced many
localities to institute a water usage moratorium and they may have to
again. Our policy of curtailing usage extends to watering with
irrigation systems of any kind, and means that you may only use water
your home to water plants or grass with a hand-held hose. No other outside use would
this seems harsh, the
alternatives are far worse, as we may see in the future.
Increase: The repair of aging
infrastructure, improvements and additions to our water system
guarantees that we will continue to have to increase our rates
keep up with costs, about every other year.
Although we have made every effort to control
costs, we need to
implement a $5 per quarter increase this year, effective July 1.
We have had emergency
calls to cut water off at the main tap because the homeowner did not
cutoff in the home or did not know where it was.
Please locate your main water cutoff in your
home, and if you do
not have one, have one installed.
BWC representatives are legally allowed to access our valves. If you call our office at
can shut off the water for the installation of a house valve. This type
cutoff is a basic requirement, and exists in most homes, though some
homes may not be so equipped. If
develop a leak in your home’s piping, such as a burst hot water heater
major leak, an interior cutoff could save you thousands in repairs.
call us if you have questions or comments. Every member has equal
the cooperative, and we value your opinion.
Gary Clarke, President
the Beaches Water Cooperative's Annual Meeting
September 14, 2008
Long Beach Civic
Center on Calvert Blvd
We have had a busy year in both
improving the water system. Besides
having the seasonal system leaks to repair, this year we have had to
two well pumps, a booster pump, and gas chlorination controls. As many
know the predecessor of the Beaches Water System started with the
of Long Beach and Calvert beach in the early 1930s.
The system has continually evolved to this
present form of having
eight wells, five pumping stations, a 6 inch main loop supplier, and
The system has high reliability due to its redundancy and
one well pump that failed and was replaced was in-service for over 25
we know of without any maintenance or repair.
This exceeds the 15 years that normally can be
expected of a well
pump. The other
well pump may have operated
for close to 20 years. We
more major infrastructure replacement in the coming years. As a community owned
system we do not retain earnings as in a for profit company. We operate within our
budgetary means each
year. We are,
however, required to
maintain a reserve fund for failures of pumps and wells so we are
financially to handle these issues.
will be looking in the near future at well maintenance, rehabilitation,
is recommended but has never been performed on our system. The benefits are
maintenance of well
capacity and increase life of the well.
One of our past improvements paid
with our recent series of storms.
was lost in the community for most homes between 2-6 hours during the
automatically started when power was lost and ran for 2 hours keeping
pumping station in operation so no one lost water service during the
Tips for Conserving Water:
- Turn off water while
brushing your teething or shaving
- Keep your shower to five
minutes or less
- Only use dishwasher or
washing machine with a full load
- Repair leaky faucets,
toilets, or pipes
- Use water efficient
- Mulch your flower &
vegetable beds to reduce evaporation
- Water your garden in the
morning when evaporation is less
- Landscape using drought
aid in water conservation for our community, BWC is offering, at
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
participate in this conservation effort we could save millions of
water a year. These
water saving devices
can be purchased, by our members only, at the BWC office for the
||Wholesale (your price)
||Retail List Price
|Toilet Tank Dams
time to time it is necessary to repair, replace, or install new
piping in the right-of-ways. More
this will be happening with the installation of water meter pits. When this happens, you may
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
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
and join us for the 25th Annual National Night
Out on Tuesday,
August 5, 2008. National
Night Out is a
unique crime/drug prevention event sponsored by the National
Association of Town
Water Co-op is proud to
participate in this important campaign to strengthen neighborhood
heighten crime and drug prevention awareness.
Last year our board members were available to
answer questions regarding
the installation of water meters, water restrictions and other
members had. We
about water conservation and had a drawing to win a water conservation
showerhead, aerators and tank dam.
out and meet your board members.
drinking water is safe and meets all federal and state requirements
for community drinking water. In
there were no water quality violations. Our water quality results are based on the
monitoring cycle for the
contaminant up to December 31st,
used in this
report is what is generally accepted as a means of measurement of the
contaminants in the water. Contaminants
include naturally occurring items in the water such as minerals and
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
monitor for contaminants in your drinking water according to Federal
laws. All drinking
bottled drinking water, may be reasonably expected to contain at least
amounts of some contaminants. It's
important to remember that the presence of these contaminants does not
necessarily pose a health risk. If
have any questions about the Annual Water Quality Report please contact
||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
|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 Co-operative wells in the Nanjamoy and
Aquia aquifers. This report is available in the office for public
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 microbial
contaminants are available from the Safe Water Drinking Hotline
The following chart is a breakdown of the budget
for the fiscal year 7/1/08 - 6/30/09.
|BWC FY 2008/09 BUDGET
|Pool water service
|Application & Transfer Fees
|BWC FY 2008/09 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
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