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June 26, 2009
"To provide water service
that is dependable, economical, and meets or exceeds health standards
for all cooperative members"
- President's Corner
- Water System Improvements
- Ground Water Rule
- Water Conservation
- Water Heater Expansion Tank
- National Night Out
- 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
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
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.
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 13-17, 2009
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.
Beaches Water Cooperative is a true member-owned corporation, with equal ownership in the company by each homeowner served by our water system. The Board of Directors is made up of unpaid members bound by the By-Laws of the corporation, and a big part of our job is the financial health of the corporation. Many businesses, have not, or will not make it through our current economic crisis. We, however, must remain financially viable, with considerations for fire service, water testing and reporting, equipment repairs and replacement, operating costs, and upgrades to piping which could be over 70 years old. In addition we must also continue to upgrade the system to meet the needs of the community, including the installation of larger mains, more storage and distribution capacity, to include eventually having meters installed at every home, with a backflow preventer to prevent cross contamination. That is our ultimate goal, so that every member will pay an equitable share of the costs based on the amount of water they use.
We have been operating on a budget in which the costs to serve our customers exceed what we recover in water charges, which obviously cannot continue. Meters will eventually help that situation, and we are actively pursuing avenues for loans or any other means to maintain the company's financial position. That has been our prime focus and will continue to be during the upcoming fiscal year.
At the time of this writing, we are still working hard on the budget, but it has become apparent that we will have to raise rates to maintain the company. We will be discussing long range plans during our annual meeting in September, so please make every effort to attend. You can do your part now by conserving water to reduce expenses.
Please note that the Bay Restoration Fee is mandated by the state and the entire amount goes to the state for its intended purpose.
Thank you and we hope to see you in September at the annual meeting.
Gary Clarke, President
the Beaches Water Cooperative's Annual Meeting
September 13, 2009
Long Beach Civic
Center on Calvert Blvd
Our BWC team continues to meet the challenges of operating, maintaining, and improving your water system. In the last year, we have seen the usual water system leaks, equipment failures, changes in water testing requirements, and the heavy summer demand on the system. We continue to have a high system reliability and quick response time to get the system repaired with continued operation. With the extra isolation valves we have installed over the years we are now able to isolate smaller parts of the system which affects less customers when we have to work on the system. It always happens when you least expect or want it. We were out at 5:30 a.m. on Easter Sunday and on Memorial Day to repair major leaks. Your water is on 24-7 and we are there to keep it running.
As a major change in our maintenance strategy; now anytime we work on a house connection, we install a meter pit instead of the cast iron valve box. The incremental costs are only slightly more but the benefits are greater. The meter pit provides backflow protection and a new shut-off valve. We have also added the provision for installing a meter when we get to the financial point of purchasing them. We have installed over 125 meter pits in the last year or about 16% of the total population. For the next year we plan to continue our installations of meter pits and we are planning a major improvement to the water flow and fire hydrant service at a high elevation of our system. These future plans are now contained in the Calvert County Comprehensive Water and Sewer Plan.
I would like to take a moment to say thanks to the many of you who show your appreciation of the guys working in the field. This physically demanding hard work takes a discipline for working under less than ideal conditions. Letting the guys know you appreciate their dedication is wonderful.
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) created the final Ground Water Rule (GWR) in October 2006 to reduce the risk of exposure to fecal contamination that may be present in public water systems that use ground water sources. The 1996 Safe Drinking Water Act required EPA to develop regulations that require disinfection of ground water systems "as necessary" to protect the public health. EPA data indicate that only a small percentage of ground water systems are fecally contaminated. The GWR applies to public water systems that use ground water, as Beaches Water Cooperative does. The rule will require:
- Periodic sanitary surveys of ground water systems for potential sources of fecal contamination. States must complete the initial survey by Dec. 31, 2012 for most community water systems (CWSs) and by Dec. 31, 2014.
- Source water monitoring to test for the presence of fecal contamination.
- Corrective actions required for any system with a significant deficiency or source water fecal contamination.
- Monitoring to ensure that treatment technology reliably achieves at least 99.99 percent inactivation or removal of viruses.
The GWR will result in increased costs to public water systems and States. Public water systems will bear the majority of costs. The estimated annual household costs for community water systems range from $0.21 to $16.54. Annual household costs for the subset of systems that undertake corrective actions range from $0.45 to $52.38, with 90 percent having household cost increases of no more than $3.20.
At this point, it remains unclear how the GWR will affect the Beaches Water system. We believe that our wells and physical plant are in excellent condition, our chlorine treatment effective, and we are not concerned with the prospect of having them inspected, however, it is likely that we will incur some additional personnel cost, and possibly testing requirements as the implementation of this rule goes forward.
To 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
Calvert County Plumbing Code requires homes to have a thermal expansion tank on their water heater. With the advent of meter pits which contain back-flow prevention these devices become even more important. If you do not have an expansion tank, please contact your local plumber to have one installed. When water is heated in a closed system it expands. Water is not compressible; therefore, the additional water volume created has to go someplace. When an expansion tank is installed the excess water enters the pre-pressurized tank (figure 1). As the temperature and pressure reaches its maximum, the diaphragm flexes against an air cushion (air is compressible) to allow for increased water expansion (figure 2). When the system is opened again or the water cools, the water leaves the tank and returns to the system.
Come and join us for the 26th Annual National Night Out on Tuesday, August 4, 2009. National Night Out is a unique crime/drug prevention event sponsored by the National Association of Town Watch. Beaches Water Co-op is proud to participate in this important campaign to strengthen neighborhood spirit and heighten crime and drug prevention awareness. Come out and meet your board members.
Our drinking water is safe and meets all federal and state requirements for community drinking water. In 2008, there were no water quality violations. Our water quality results are based on the monitoring cycle for the contaminant up to December 31st, 2008. 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 at 410-586-8710.
||Likely Source of Contamination
|Total Coliform Bacteria
||> 5% samples
||Naturally present in the environment
||Fire retardants; ceramics; electronics; solder
|Di (2-ethylhexyl) phthalate (ppb)
||Discharge from rubber and chemical factories
||Drinking water disinfection byproduct
||Corrosion of galvanized pipes; erosion of natural deposits; runoff from waste batteries and paints
||Drinking water disinfection byproduct
||Erosion of natural deposits
||Natural deposits; corrosion of household piping
|Iron - (mg/L)
|Fluoride - (mg/L)
||Erosion of natural deposits; Leaching
|Sodium - (mg/L)
||Natural deposits; Leaching
|Total Trihalomethanes (mg/L)
||Drinking water disinfection byproduct
|Total Dissolved Solids (mg/L)
|Gross Alpha (pCi/L)
||Erosion of natural deposits
|Gross Beta (pCi/L)
||Erosion of natural deposits
If present, elevated levels of lead can cause serious health problems, especially for pregnant women and young children. Lead in drinking water is primarily from materials and components associated with service lines and home plumbing. Beaches Water Co-op is responsible for providing high quality drinking water, but cannot control the variety of materials used in plumbing components. When your water has been sitting for several hours, you can minimize the potential for lead exposure by flushing your tap for 30 seconds to 2 minutes before using water for drinking or cooking. If you are concerned about lead in your drinking water, you may wish to have your water tested. Information on lead in drinking water, testing methods and steps you can take to minimize exposure is available from the EPA Safe Drinking Water Hotline at 1-800-426-4791 or at http://www.epa.gov/safewater/lead.
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 (800-426-4791).
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
are now accepting VISA and Mastercard payments.
You may come by
the office to make payment, pay over the phone,
or include credit card billing information on your
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