2015 Water Quality Report

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East Clark Co. Water District purchases water from Winchester Municipal Utilities. Winchester treats surface water from Kentucky River Pool 10 and Carroll Ecton Reservoir. An analysis of the susceptibility of the water supply to contamination indicates that this susceptibility is generally moderate. However, there are a few areas of high concern. Several highway bridges, a segment of railroad, areas of row crops, three active Superfund Sites, three waste generators and/or transporters and impaired streams occur in the immediate area of the Kentucky River intake. Row crops in the immediate area increase the likelihood that pesticides and fertilizers may be introduced into the water supply. Superfund sites in the area indicate the presence of land that has been contaminated by hazardous waste. Numerous permitted operations and activities and other potential contaminant sources of moderate concern are within the watershed that cumulatively increase the potential for the release of contaminants within the area. The complete Source Water Assessment Plan is available for review at Winchester Municipal Utilities.

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 may be obtained by calling the Environmental Protection Agency's Safe Drinking Water Hotline (800-426-4791).

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 may pick up substances resulting from the presence of animals or from human activity. Contaminants that may be present in source water include: Microbial contaminants, such as viruses and bacteria, (sewage plants, septic systems, livestock operations, or wildlife).  Inorganic contaminants, such as salts and metals, (naturally occurring or from stormwater runoff, wastewater discharges, oil and gas production, mining, or farming).  Pesticides and herbicides, (stormwater runoff, agriculture or residential uses).  Organic chemical contaminants, including synthetic and volatile organic chemicals, (by-products of industrial processes and petroleum production, or from gas stations, stormwater runoff, or septic systems).  Radioactive contaminants, (naturally occurring or from oil and gas production or mining activities). In order to ensure that tap water is safe to drink, EPA prescribes regulations that limit the amount of certain contaminants in water provided by public water systems. FDA regulations establish limits for contaminants in bottled water to provide the same protection for public health.

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