Scioto Water, Inc. has prepared the following report to provide information to you, the consumer, on the quality of our drinking water. This report is required as part of the Safe Drinking Water Act Reauthorization of 1996 and is required to be delivered to the consumers by July 1, 2019. Included within this report are general health information, water quality test results, how to participate in decisions concerning your drinking water and water system contacts. This report covers the quality of the water produced at the Treatment Plant for the City of Portsmouth.
Source of Water Information
Some of the Public Water Systems owned and operated by Scioto Water, Inc., are supplied from water purchased at several various delivery points from the City of Portsmouth. The City of Portsmouth operates a surface water treatment plant that obtains its water from the Ohio River and is located at 4862 Gallia Street in New Boston, Ohio. To obtain a Consumer Confidence Report from the City of Portsmouth Water Plant please call 740-354-7515.
What are sources of contamination to drinking water?
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 activity.
Contaminants that may be present in source water include: (A) Microbial contaminants, such as viruses and bacteria, which may come from sewage treatment plants, septic systems, agricultural livestock operations and wildlife; (B) 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; (C) Pesticides and herbicides, which may come from a variety of sources such as agriculture, urban storm water runoff, and residential uses; (D) 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; (E) 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. FDA regulations establish limits for contaminants in bottled water which must provide the same protection for public health.
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 (1-800-426-4791).
Who needs 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 infection. 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 (1-800-426-4791).
About your drinking water
The EPA requires regular sampling to ensure drinking water safety. The City of Portsmouth and Scioto Water, Inc. constantly monitor and sample the water before, during, and after the water is processed to insure water quality. Along with those listed below, we have conducted sampling and tested for bacteria; inorganic; radiological; synthetic organic; and volatile organic contaminants. The Ohio EPA requires us to monitor for some contaminants less than once per year because the concentrations of these contaminants do not change frequently. Some of our data, though accurate, are more than one year old.
Lead Educational Information
“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. Scioto Water, Inc. 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 http://epa.gov/safewater/ lead.”
“All water systems in this report have an unconditioned license to operate.”
Source Water Information
High Susceptibility PWS Based on Surface Water System
The source water (Ohio River) that supplies water to Scioto Water, Inc. – has a high susceptibility to contamination.
This is based on the following:
: Surface waters are by their nature susceptible to contamination;
This susceptibility means that under currently existing conditions, the likelihood of the source water supply becoming contaminated is relatively high. This likelihood can be minimized by implementing appropriate protective measures. More information about the source water assessment or what consumers can do to help protect the source water supply is available by calling; Sam Sutherland, Utilities Director, City of Portsmouth at (740) 456-4946.
Listed below in the tables is information on those contaminants that were found in the Scioto Water, Inc.’s Gleim Road & Sheila Blvd. systems for drinking water purchased from the City of Portsmouth.
Portsmouth Public Water System – PWS OH7300111
Gleim Road Water System – PWS OH7332513
Table of Detected Contaminants