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June 27, 2011
"To provide water service
that is dependable, economical, and meets or exceeds health standards
for all cooperative members"
- President's Corner
- Water System Improvements
- Right of Ways
- National Night Out
- Pool Fees
- 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.
Bob Gross - Helper
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.
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 to less water than the regular devices and produce similar water pressures. These water saving devices can be purchased, by our members only, at the BWC office for the following prices:
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 September 12-16, 2011
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.
Once again Beaches Water Cooperative has had a very challenging year. Dennis
DiBello and his team have spent tremendous time and resources repairing multiple
leaks in our system, most resulting from aging infrastructure, piping which has been
in the ground for 80 years in some cases. The cost of repairing those leaks and in
pumping water which does not benefit anyone has put a serious dent in our budget,
sucking up resources which would have been better spent making capital
improvements. Our ability to find those leaks is only possible in some cases with
water meters. True conservation of water by our members will probably only happen
when meters are installed, and that is also the only way to be sure that each of our
members shares the true cost of operation.
The economic difficulties in our country and in our community have been very
apparent in the service area of Beaches Water Cooperative, and we have had to
become very creative in planning for the sound financial future of our water system,
which is required of the Board of Directors. We are working on multiple
possibilities for financing to complete improvements to allow full water pressure to
all of the community, to provide total fire hydrant coverage, to provide backflow
prevention, and to find and replace the old piping in our system which has caused so
much waste, all of which is again, dependent on the installation of water meters.
Meters will allow a base charge for low-volume users, and indications are that charge
will be at or perhaps even below our current charge. Higher volume users will pay
their fair share of costs for water used. Despite being a not-for-profit cooperative,
we have found that we have not been eligible for most grants and low interest loans
due to the high average level of household income in our community, so we are
working now on several avenues to obtain financing, an absolute necessity to
maintain our system. We will let our members know what is successful and what the
future will hold for our shared community resource.
We must always plan for the future of our cooperative, and you may be able to help.
If you have a financial or engineering background and a willingness to volunteer
some of your time, we could use some expert in-house advice. We are short at least
one Director on the Board, and need as much community input as possible.
Finally, PLEASE DO NOT ABUSE THE PRECIOUS RESOURCE WHICH YOUR
COOPERATIVE SUPPLIES! Even during the drought last summer, we had people in
the community running in-ground sprinkler systems and above-ground sprinklers and
wasting water down local streets. When we have meters installed in the system, those
who choose to water during our ever-hotter summers will pay for that privilege. It
appears that we are in for a record-setting HOT, DRY summer. Please avoid water-
wasting lawn sprinklers, and keep valuable plants, trees and shrubs healthy through
watering with a handheld hose. As in the past, and even in the future with meters in
place, Beaches Water Cooperative may have to require water use restrictions to ensure
maintaining an adequate supply for the community. Please continue to do what you can
to conserve water every day.
Gary Clarke, President
the Beaches Water Cooperative's Annual Meeting
September 11, 2011
Long Beach Civic
Center on Calvert Blvd
Another year has gone by and because we have been so busy, it seems like only a few months. We have had a lot of everything this past year. Implementation of new regulations directly from the EPA, capital improvement grant and loan application discussions with MDE, USDA, commercial banks and industry suppliers, installation of new mains, preparation of the Flag Ponds site, along with our share of water leaks, pressure regulator and pump failures.
Our biggest accomplishment this past year was the installation of a new 6 inch service main and 4 inch fill pipe on Locust Street. I must say upfront thanks to all the wonderful residents on Locust Street who were patient with our slow pace. It took a long time to do the installation using our internal labor and budget but we saved at least half the costs. We now have the capability to supply well water via the 4 inch fill line to a future storage tank at our new site in Flag Ponds as well as improve water flow via the 6 inch main at the top of Ash Street. Under our excavation permit we cleared the Flag Ponds property for the new tank but got held up with the site plan review. We hope to resume in the Fall under our new capital budget.
As the weather changed to hot days in May our water consumption spiked. Community members called and asked why water pressure was low. We have plenty of capacity to provide normal water service but not for a lot of lawn watering in combination with other uses. Doing the math, we can pump about 400 gpm with our 8 wells. A lawn sprinkler can use as much as 5 gpm. If we have 10% of the community running lawn sprinklers (800 members x 10%), 80 is our limit before we exceed our pump capability and pressure drops. That can be a combination of lawn watering, plant watering, filling pools, washing car/houses, showers, and clothes washing all at the same time. This usually happens on Saturday or Sunday evenings from 6-11 pm; this is our heaviest demand period. It would be better if, outside watering can occur during off-peak periods.
As many of you know parts of our system piping dates back to 1929 when the first Long Beach subdivision was formed. Some of that pipe is in great shape – some is not. It is not only the old pipe that leaks. Some of the newer pipe also has had problems. On a relatively new 6 inch main on Bayview Ave, we had a major blowout which drained down the system via a pressure regulator on Douglas Street. The pressure regulator then failed when we had our heavy demand period in May. Between Thanksgivings to mid-January we virtually had a leak a day to respond to; Even on Christmas Eve. I am very proud of the diligent work from the BWC field and office team. From the Business Manager/Superintendent
From time to time it is necessary to repair, replace, or install new distribution piping in the right-of-ways. More of this will be happening with the installation of water meter pits. When this happens, you may notice digging alongside 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 whereas 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 these areas to the same or better condition than 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.
Come and join us for the 28th Annual National Night Out on Tuesday, August 2, 2011. 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. Location: Long Beach Civic Center on Calvert Blvd
The Rules of Beaches Water Cooperative allow for an annual assessment of pool fees for members who have pools. This fee is usually assessed in April and is equal to one quarter's water fee. If a pool is large enough to require a filter and/or pump then a pool fee may be assessed. If a pool is not in use, a member may notify us in writing that the pool is not being used and request a fee waiver. Once we have confirmed that the pool is not being used a credit may be issued for the fee. When meters have been installed a separate pool fee may not be necessary since billing will occur on the basis of actual water usage.
Our drinking water is safe and meets all federal and state requirements for
community drinking water. In 2010, there were no water quality violations.
Our water quality results are based on the monitoring cycle for the contaminant up to
December 31st, 2010. 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
||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
||Drinking water disinfection byproduct
|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
Lead Statement: 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
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
Water Source: Our water is drawn from deep wells in the Aquia and Nanjemoy aquifers.
The following chart is a breakdown of the budget
for the fiscal year 7/1/11– 6/30/12.
|BWC FY 2011/12 BUDGET
|Pool water service
|Application, Transfer & Other Fees
|BWC FY 2011/12 BUDGET
|Bank Service Charges
|Mortgage Pay Down
|Mortgage Interest - MDE
|Licenses and Permits
|Office - Other
|Repairs & Maintenance
|Solid Waste Fee & BRF
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