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  • 1. www.doyonutilities.comOffice: 907-338-3600PWS# 2212039This Consumer Confidence Reportsummarizes drinking water quality forthe period between January 1, 2012 andDecember 31, 2012. In order to conservenatural resources and make it more effi-cienttodistributeDUisnotmailingthemdirectly to individual homes/consumers.An electronic copy can be downloadedfrom our website at www.doyonutilities.com,orhardcopiesareavailableatyourlo-calDoyonUtilitiesdepotorbycontactingKathleen Hook at 907-455-1540.Drinking Water QualityFort WainwrightAlaskaFifth Annual Water Quality Report • June 2013Doyon Utilities hasprepared the fol-lowing report to pro-videinformationtoyou,the consumer, on thequality of our drinkingwater for 2012. This re-port has been preparedas part of state and fed-eral requirements toinform the consumerasmandatedbytheSafeDrinking Water Act. However, we welcomethis opportunity to inform residents andbusiness owners about our high water qual-ity and hopethat con-sumers willcontact ouroffice onFort Wain-wrightwithanyquestionsorconcernsregard-ing water quality and service. Who are we? Doyon Utilities and its em-ployees have been producing and deliveringdrinking water to our customers on FortWainwright since August of 2008. Our goalis to maintain the highest standards in waterquality with a well-trained and professionalstaff. These goals are the cornerstone onwhich we provide safe and reliable drinkingwaterfortheconsumers.DoyonUtilitiesalsoprovides water service for the Army trainingareas and recreational sites. DoyonUtilitiesownsandoperatesthefourutilitysystemsonFortWainwright;thesesys-tems are water treatment and distribution,wastewater collection, heat distribution andelectrical distribution. Doyon Utilities con-tinues to provide the highest level of utilityservicetoFortWainwrightresidentsandtheArmy. Doyon Utilities is responsible for re-pairandreplacementoftheutilityinfrastruc-ture on Fort Wainwright through multiplelarge scale capital improvement projects. AttimesthishasbeenaninconvenienceforFortWa inwrig htresidents as sec-tions of streetand parking ar-eas have beenclosed off aspiping is removed and replaced and equip-ment moves throughout the area. Wesincerely appreciate the patience of FortWainwright’s residents and look forwardto your continued support as these effortscontinue as Fort Wainwright’s systems areenhanced in order to provide the consum-ers with safe and dependable utility service.Doyon Utilities has and will continue toprovide Fort Wainwright residents withexceptional service and reliability. DoyonUtilitieshasadoptedanewstateofthe art Maintenance Management programwhich tracks the scheduled preventativemaintenance and condition of each utilityasset.Weusethisinformationtopredictourfuture projects. The routine maintenanceperformed by the system operators insuresthe reliability of the system to minimizeunscheduled service interruptions.Water Quality. Water is one of the world’smostpreciousresourcesandwetakeseriouslyCharles Davenport,Doyon Utilities FortWainwright Site ManagerDrinking WaterQuality ReportDoyon Utilities isproud of the highqualitywateritprovidesto our customers. Thisannual water quality re-port provides informa-tiononthesourceofourwater, lists the results ofwater quality tests thatare conducted and contains other importantinformation about water and health. Doyon Utilities will notify you immediatelyif there is any reason for concern about your wa-ter. We are happy to report to you how we havesurpassed established water quality standards.DoyonUtilitiesisincompliancewiththenationalprimary drinking water regulations and has metall testing and monitoring requirements. TheEPA has determined that your water is safe at thetested and monitored levels. We have included atableinsideoutliningthetestsconductedandtheresults of those tests.We are proud to report that the water providedby Doyon Utilities meets or exceeds establishedwater quality standards.Where does our watercome from?Fort Wainwright draws its water supplyfrom two primary and two secondary,or back-up, groundwater wells. Additionalwellsareusedforfiresuppressionwhichareonlyactivatedwhenthedistributionsystemhasasignificantdropinwaterpressure.Thewaterisverygoodqualityandrequiresverylittle treatment and disinfection prior tobeing distributed to customers. Fort Wainwright’s drinking water isobtained from an underground aquifercalled the “Tanana Basin Alluvium.” Thisaquifer, which ranges from a few feet toapproximately 300 feet thick, providesLetter from the Site Managercontinued on page 4continued on page 3The results from our 2012 water quality tests areincluded in this report. The results of which indicatethat your water meets or exceeds the state andfederal drinking water requirements.REPLACE
  • 2. Water Testing and Your Health The sources of drinking water from both tap waterand bottled water include rivers, lakes, streams, ponds,reservoirs, springs and wells. As water travels over thesurfaceofthelandandthroughtheground,itdissolvesnaturally occurring minerals and radioactive material,andcanpickupsubstancesresultingfromthepresenceof animals or from human activity. Contaminants thatmay be present in source water include:• Microbialcontaminants,suchasvirusesandbacteria,which may come from sewage treatment plants,septic systems, agricultural livestock operations andwildlife.• Inorganic contaminants, such as salts and metals,which can be naturally occurring or result fromurban storm runoff, industrial or domestic waste-water discharges, oil and gas production, mining orfarming.• Pesticides and herbicides which may come from avariety of sources such as agriculture, storm waterrunoff and residential uses.• Organicchemicalcontaminants,includingsyntheticand volatile organics, are by-products of industrialprocesses and petroleum production, and can alsocome from gas stations, urban storm water runoffand septic systems.• Radioactive contaminants, can be naturally occur-ring or be the result of oil and gas production andmining activities. In order to ensure that tap water is safe to drink,EPA prescribes regulations that limit the amount ofcertain contaminants in water provided by publicwater systems. FDA regulations establish limits forcontaminants in bottled water that must provide thesame protection for public health. Somepeopleinthegeneralpopulationmaybemorevulnerable than others to contaminants in drinkingwater. Immuno-compromised persons such as thosewith cancer undergoing chemotherapy, persons whohave undergone organ transplants, persons with HIV/AIDS or other immune system disorders, some elderlyand infants can be particularly at risk of infection.These people should seek advice about drinking waterfromtheirhealthcareproviders.EPA/CDCpublishedguidelines on appropriate means to lessen the risk ofinfection are available from the Safe Drinking WaterHotline (800-426-4791). We’re happy to answer any other questions aboutDoyon Utilities and our water quality. For generalinformation or for water quality questions call our sitemanagement office at 907-455-1571.Other Resources:Environmental Protection Agency’s Safe DrinkingWater Hotline: 1-800-426-4791.Water Quality Data for community water systemsthroughout the United States is available atwww.waterdata.com.The EPA Safe Drinking Water Actrequires public water systems to testwater samples from its customers to de-termine lead and copper levels. If present,elevatedlevelsofleadcancauseserioushealthproblems,especiallyinpregnantwomenandyoungchildren.Leadindrinkingwaterispri-marily from materials and components asso-ciatedwithservicelinesandhomeplumbing.Thereisnothinginthetreatmentprocessthatwould introduce lead into thewater; therefore, DoyonUtilities tests at theindividual servicelocations. If abnor-mal levels of lead orcopper are detectedin the water sup-ply,residentswillbenotifiedandDoyonUtilitieswillinitiateaction to correct theLead/Copper in Drinking WaterHydrant MaintenanceHydrant maintenance is a top prior-ity for our utility! Twice a year, Mayand September, we visit each hydrant inour system. We test the water flow at eachhydrant and make sure each one is workingproperly. This is our way to provide superiorfire protection to ensure the safety and wellbeing of our consumers.Source Water Assessment For the last several years, the ADEC hasbeen working on assessments of the vulner-ability of the water sources that providewater to all of the public water systems inAlaska. The source water assessment forFortWainwrightWaterTreatmentPlanthasbeen completed and is available for reviewby contacting Kathleen Hook at 907-455-1540, or by visiting the Noel Wien Libraryin Fairbanks.Terms and Abbreviations UsedAction Level (AL): The concentration of a contaminantwhich, when exceeded, triggers treatment or other re-quirements which a water system must follow.MaximumContaminantLevel(MCL):Thehighestlevelofacontaminantthatisallowedindrinkingwater.MCLsare set as close to the MCLGs as feasible using the bestavailable technology.MaximumContaminantLevelGoal(MCLG):Thelevelof a contaminant in drinking water below which, thereis no known or expected risk to health. MCLGs allowfor a margin of safety.Maximum Residual Disinfectant Level (MRDL): Thehighestlevelofadisinfectantallowedindrinkingwater.Thereisconvincingevidencethatadditionofadisinfec-tantisnecessaryforcontrolofmicrobialcontaminants.MaximumResidualDisinfectantLevelGoal(MRDLG):The level of a drinking water disinfectant below whichthereisnoknownorexpectedrisktohealth.MRDLGsdo not reflect the benefits of the use of disinfectants tocontrol microbial contamination.mrem/yr: Millirems per year.Nephelometric Turbidity Units (NTU): The unit ofmeasurement for turbidity samples.Not Applicable (NA): When NA is used in the rangecolumn, only one sample was taken, therefore, no rangeexists.Not Detectable (ND): The contaminant is below thedetectable limits of the testing method.pCi/L: Picocuries per liter.ppb: Parts per billion or micrograms per liter.ppm: Parts per million or milligrams per liter.TreatmentTechnique(TT):Arequiredprocessintendedto reduce the level of a contaminant in drinking water.2problem. One method to minimize the riskof lead or copper contamination is to let thetap water run for 30 seconds to 2 minutesto flush any water that has been sitting forseveral hours. It is important to use this ap-proach for drinking water or cooking water.Informationonleadindrinkingwater,testingmethods,andstepsyoucantaketominimizeexposure is available from the Safe DrinkingWater Hotline or at http://www.epa.gov/safewater/lead.
  • 3. Drinking Water Test Results3Drinking water, including bottled water,may reasonably be expected to containatleastsmallamountsofsomecontaminants.Thepresenceofcontaminantsdoesnotneces-sarily indicate that the water poses a healthrisk. More information about contaminantsand potential health effects can be obtainedby calling the EPA’s Safe Drinking Waterhotline at 1-800-426-4791. Fort Wainwright routinely monitors forcontaminatesinyourdrinkingwateraccord-ingtoFederalandStatelaws.Thetableaboveshows the results for substances detectedfor the period 1/1/12 to 12/31/12 and liststhe Regulated Contaminants required to bemonitored by the EPA that were detected inyourwater.DoyonUtilitieshasawaiverthatdoesnotrequireustotestforasbestos.WhileyourdrinkingwatermeetsEPA’sstandardforarsenic, it does contain low levels of arsenic.EPA’s standard balances the current under-standing ofarsenic’s pos-sible healtheffectsagainstthe costs ofr e m o v i n garsenic fromdrinkingwater.EPAcontinuestoresearchthehealtheffectsoflowlevelsofarsenic,whichisa naturally occuring mineral known to causecancerinhumansathighconcentrationsandis linked to other health effects such as skindamageandcirculatoryproblems.Exceptfora single contaminant, all the substances wefound were present in quantities below theEPA limits for safe drinking water. The pres-ence of these contaminants in the water doesnotnecessarilyindicatethatthewaterposesahealth risk. If you would like a complete list-ing of test results, please call Kathleen Hookat 907-455-1540.By-product of drinking water chlorinationHaloacetic Acids Quarterly Location Running 2012 Range N Annual Average 60 ppb NABldg 1003 2.7-8.5 ppb 4.9 ppbFlouride Daily N Range 4 ppm 4 ppm 2012 0.027-1.5 ppm Chemical additiveLead Every 3 yrs N 90% = 0.0019 ppb AL=15 ppb 0 ppb June 2010Corrosion of household plumbingsystemsCopper Every 3 yrs N 90% = 0.266 ppm AL=1.3 ppm 1.3 ppm June 2010Corrosion of household plumbing systemsNitrate Annually N 0.2 ppm 10 ppm 10 ppm 2/7/12 Runoff from fertilizer use; Leaching fromseptic tanks, sewage; Erosion of naturaldepositsTotal Quarterly Location Running Trihalomethanes 2012 Range N Annual Average 80 ppb NABldg 1003 46.8-63.6 ppb 55.0 ppb Fort Wainwright Frequency Violation PWS AK2310918 Substance Sample Date Y/N Detected Range MCL MCLG Likely Source of ContaminationInorganic ContaminantsBy-product of drinking water chlorination Bolio Lake Frequency Violation PWS AK2372025 Substance Sample Date Y/N Detected Range MCL MCLG Likely Source of Contamination Black Rapids Frequency Violation PWS AK2370667 Substance Sample Date Y/N Detected Range MCL MCLG Likely Source of ContaminationNitrate Annually N 0.6 ppm 10 ppm 10 ppm 2/7/12 Runoff from fertilizer use; Leaching fromseptic tanks, sewage; Erosion of naturaldepositsBarium Once every 9 yrs N 0.0813 ppm 2 ppm 2 ppm 1/27/11Discharge of drilling wastes; discharge ofmetal refineries; erosion of natural depositsFree Residual Daily N Range MRDL MRDLGChlorine 2012 0.47-2.5 ppm 4 ppm 4 ppmWater additive used to control microbesOrganic ContaminantsFree Residual Monthly N Range MRDL MRDLGChlorine 2012 0.11-1.81 ppm 4 ppm 4 ppmWater additive used to control microbesFree Residual Monthly N Range MRDL MRDLGChlorine 2012 0.01-1.16 ppm 4 ppm 4 ppmWater additive used to control microbesWorkprogresseson replacinga watermain.1 The MCL for dichloromethanke is 5 ppb. A sample on 1/9/12 yielded a concentration of 7.9 ppb; however, a resample on 2/15/12 was less thanthe method reporting limit <0.5 ppb. Health Effects of Dichloromethane: Some people who drink water containing dichloromethane in excessof the MCL over many years could have liver problems and may have an increased risk of getting cancer.Where does our water come from?continued from page 1us with an excellent supply of good qualitydrinking water. An assessment completed bytheU.S.ArmyCorpsofEngineers(USACE)identified that although our raw (untreated)water is susceptible to potential sources ofcontamination, such as fuel storage tanks,they have not impacted our supply of water.The water is then treated to Alaska De-partment of Environmental Conservation(ADEC) drinking water standards prior tobeing distributed to your home. The watertreatment plant consists of a small, pressur-ized green sand filter plant connected to thewaterdistributionsystem.Muchofthewaterdistribution system is enclosed in the vastutilidor system. The treatment process is fairly simple. Asthe water from the primary and secondarygroundwaterwellsentersthewatertreatmentfacility, it is mixed with potassium perman-ganate. This chemical is used to aid in theremoval of iron and manganese, which arenaturally occurring substances in ground-water. The water flows through several filtersdesigned to remove the iron and manganesewhich can cause stains, tastes and odors inwater if not removed. After the filtrationprocess, the produced water is mixed withsodium hypochlorite (disinfects the water),soda ash (adjusts the pH), and sodiumhexameta-phosphate (prevents corrosion inthe distribution system). The finished wateris tested three times daily to ensure the pH,chlorine residual and fluoride content are attheiroptimumlevels.Additionally,wecloselymonitor all drinking water contaminantsrequired by the EPA Safe Drinking WaterAct.Weareproudtoreporttheresultsofourwaterqualitytestsandallowyoutohavecom-plete confidence in the water you consume. If you would like to review the USACESource Water Assessment for Fort Wain-wright, please contact Kathleen Hook at907-455-1540. Dichloromethane (Methylene Annually Y1 7.9 ppb 5 ppb 0 ppbChloride) 1/9/12 Discharge from pharmaceutical andchemical factories
  • 4. 4Water main replacement work and new construction on the water distribution system.the integrity of our supply. Doyon Utilitiesadheres to strict testing requirements withoversight by the Alaska Department of En-vironmentalConservation(ADEC)andtheEnvironmental Protection Agency (EPA).Theresultsfromour2012waterqualitytestsare included in this report. The results indi-catethatyourwatermeetsorexceedsthestateand federal drinking water requirements. Source water protection is also a high pri-oritywhichrequiresspecialattention.DoyonUtilitiescompletesannualwaterqualitytestson its source water (water wells). The testresults indicate that Doyon Utilities’ watersupply is safe and free of contaminants. Fulltest results are available at Doyon Utilities’headquarters located at 714 4th Avenue,Fairbanks, Alaska. DoyonUtilitiesEmployees.Youcanhavetheutmostconfidenceinthededicatedandcom-mitted employees responsible for producinganddistributingyourdrinkingwater.DoyonUtilities’ water treatment plant operatorsand water distribution system personnel arehighly trained and certified in the produc-tion and distribution of clean, safe water bythe Alaska Department of EnvironmentalConservation. To earn certification, eachemployee must have passed many courses inwatertreatmentandwaterdistribution,haveyears of job experience, and passed compre-hensive tests. These tests cover a wide rangeof subjects from hydrology, microbiology,chemistry, and physics to pumps, electricity,chlorinationanddrinkingwaterregulations.Letter from the Site Manager continued from page 1 DoyonUtilities’Commitment.PartofDoy-on Utilities’ contract with the government isourcommitmenttorepairandreplaceutilityinfrastructure. Our approach to this largeand complex task is the development of anAnnual Capital Upgrades, Renewals andReplacements Plan. The Plan is a 5-year for-ward look at the work we intend to performon the system. Many factors are consideredin identifying and scheduling renewal andreplacement projects such as the age of theexistingfacilities,designlifeoftheequipmentandcostofreplacingtheexistingequipment.Customers will be notified in advance ofscheduled work activities in their area andwho to contact for assistance. We have several projects planned for FortWainwright this upcoming summer. Manyconstruction employees as well as our ownworkforce will be in public roadways. Pleasebe aware of thesepersonnel andpotential trafficrevisions. Doyon Utili-tieslooksforwardto continuing toprovide you withexceptional qual-ity service anddrinking water.We appreciateyour commentson how we aredoing and can use this information to im-prove customer satisfaction. Our door isalways open!Best regards,Charles DavenportSite Manager