2018 Consumer Confidence Report
Lower Bartlett Water Precinct
Like any responsible public
water system, our mission is to deliver the best quality drinking water and provide reliable service at the lowest appropriate
Aging infrastructure presents challenges to drinking water safety, and
continuous improvement is needed to maintain the quality of life we desire for today and for the future.
In the past year, we have continued with Capital Improvements previously identified in our Master Plan which
serves as a planning and decision tool for current and future Commissioners, customers, and voters. The Master Plan furthers
the mission of the Lower Bartlett Water Precinct to provide clean and reliable drinking water at an affordable cost,
with the goal of sustaining human life and fostering economic growth within the Lower Bartlett Water Precinct’s service
area. We continue with significant improvement to Water Loss directly attributable
to a Water Loss Control Program. The Commissioners have continued with the management of the Precinct’s Wellhead Protection
Area (WHPA) These investments along with on-going operation and maintenance
costs are supported by Water Rates, Annual Charges, and Taxation. When considering the high value we place on water, it is truly a bargain to have
water service that protects public health, fights fires, supports businesses, the economy, and provides us with the high-quality
of life we enjoy. In 2018 we are looking at service area expansion on Rte. 302 westerly towards Rolling Ridge/ Bartlett Village
Water Precinct and have concluded a feasibility study for Wastewater Collection in response to a Well Field Nitrate Contamination
Vulnerability Assessment completed in February 2017. As directed by the Precinct’s voters at the 2018 Annual Meeting
we will begin the planning stage for Wastewater Collection with anticipated conveyance to the North Conway Water Precinct
Wastewater Treatment Plant.
What is a Consumer Confidence Report?
Confidence Report (CCR) details the quality of your drinking water, where it comes from, and where you can get more information.
This annual report documents all detected primary and secondary drinking water parameters, and compares them to their respective
standards known as Maximum Contaminant Levels (MCLs).
The sources of drinking water (both tap water and bottled water) include rivers, lakes, streams, ponds, reservoirs, springs,
and wells. As water travels over the surface of the land or through the ground, it dissolves naturally-occurring minerals
and, in some cases, radioactive material, and can pick up substances resulting from the presence of animals or from human
Contaminants that may be present in source water include:
Microbial contaminants, such as viruses and bacteria, which may come from sewage treatment plants, septic systems, agricultural livestock
operations, and wildlife.
Inorganic contaminants, such as salts and metals, which can be naturally occurring
or result from urban storm water runoff, industrial or domestic wastewater discharges, oil and gas production, mining or farming.
Pesticides and herbicides, which may come from a variety of sources such as agriculture, urban stormwater runoff,
and residential uses.
Organic chemical contaminants, including synthetic and volatile organic chemicals, which
are by-products of industrial processes and petroleum production, and can also come from gas stations, urban storm water runoff,
and septic systems.
Radioactive contaminants, which can be naturally-occurring or be the result of oil and gas production
and mining activities.
In order to ensure that tap water
is safe to drink, EPA prescribes
regulations which limit the amount of certain contaminants in water provided by public water systems. The
US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) regulations establish limits for contaminants in bottled water which must provide the
same protection for public health.
What is the source of my drinking
The Lower Bartlett Water Precinct obtains its water from
two gravel packed (overburden) wells located Westerly of the Rte. 16 corridor and about 1500 feet Easterly of the Saco River.
Both wells have a capacity of 750 gallons per minute (1,080,000 gallons per day) for a combined safe yield of 2,160,000 gallons
per day. Water is treated for pH/corrosion control (sodium hydroxide) and disinfection (sodium hypochlorite).
Why are contaminants in my 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 Safe Drinking Water Hotline at 1-800-426-4791.
Do I need to take special precautions?
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/CDC guidelines on appropriate means to lessen the risk of infection by Cryptosporidium
and other microbial contaminants are available from the Safe Drinking Water Hotline at 1-800-426-4791.
Source Water Assessment Summary:
DES prepared drinking water
source assessment reports for all public water systems between 2000 and 2003 in an effort to assess the vulnerability of each
of the state’s public water supply sources. Included in the report is a map of each source water protection area, a
list of potential and known contamination sources, and a summary of available protection options.
The results of the assessment, prepared on
April 12, 2002 are noted below.
GPW 1, 1 susceptibility factors were
rated high, 1 were rated medium, and 10 were rated low.
GPW 2, 2 susceptibility factors were rated high, 1 were
rated medium, and 9 were rated low.
Note: This information
is over 14 years old and includes information that was current at the time the report was completed. Therefore,
some of the ratings might be different if updated to reflect current information. At the present time, DES has no plans
to update this data.
The complete Assessment Report is available for review
at the Lower Bartlett Water Precinct office located at 34 Route 302 Glen, NH .For more information, call
the Precinct office @ 356-6738 or visit the DES Drinking Water Source Assessment website at http://des.nh.gov/organization/divisions/water/dwgb/dwspp/dwsap.htm.
I get involved?
The Board of Commissioners meets the second Wednesday
of every month at 6:30 p.m. If you would like to attend a meeting with questions you might have please call the office to
confirm the date and time of the meeting and reserve a time on the agenda. The Annual meeting is held in April and the date
is published in the Conway Daily Sun and on the web site (lbwpnh.org). Those citizens whose primary residence is within the
municipal boundaries of the Precinct are eligible to vote. Call our office for further information or any other questions
that you might have. Office hours are from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. In case of emergency after hours please call the Carroll
County Sheriff’s office at 1-800-552-8960
For more information about your drinking water, please call Gary R Chandler Precinct Superintendent at 603-356-6738.
Please remember that we are always available to assist you should ever
have any questions or concerns about your water.
Quality Standard or AGQS: The
maximum concentration levels for contaminants in groundwater that are established under RSA 485-C, the Groundwater Protection
Action Level or AL: The concentration of a contaminant which, if exceeded, triggers treatment or other
requirements which a water system must follow.
Level I Assessment: A study of the water system to identify potential problems and determine,
if possible, why total coliform bacteria have been found in our water system.
Level II Assessment: A very detailed study
of the water system to identify potential problems and determine, if possible, why an E.coli MCL violation has occurred and/or
why total coliform bacteria have been found in our water system on multiple occasions.
Maximum Contaminant Level or MCL: 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 or MCLG: The level of a contaminant in drinking water below which there is no known or expected risk
to health. MCLGs allow for a margin of safety.
Maximum Residual Disinfectant
Level or MRDL: 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.
Maximum Residual Disinfectant
Level Goal or MRDLG: The level
of a drinking water disinfectant below which there is no known or expected risk to health. MRDLGs do not
reflect the benefits of the use of disinfectants to control microbial contaminants.
Treatment Technique or TT:
A required process intended to reduce the level of a contaminant in drinking water.
mg/L: milligrams per Liter
NA: Not Applicable
ND: Not Detectable at testing limits
NTU: Nephelometric Turbidity
pCi/L: picoCurie per Liter
ppb: parts per billion
ppm: parts per million
RAA: Running Annual Average
UCMR: Unregulated Contaminant Monitoring Rule
ug/L: micrograms per Liter
If Lead is present the following statement must be included.
Drinking Water Contaminants:
present, elevated levels of lead can cause serious 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. The Lower Bartlett Water
Precinct 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 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 Safe Drinking Water Hotline at 800-426-4791 or at http://www.epa.gov/safewater/lead.