Consumer Confidence Report
Annual Drinking Water Quality Report
Volume 17, Issue 1
We’re pleased to present to you this year’s Annual Water Quality Report. This report is designed to inform you about the water quality and services we deliver to you every day. Our goal is to provide you with a safe and dependable supply of drinking water. We are committed to ensuring the quality of your water. Our water source is groundwater from 9 wells located in
Gallipolis and Addison Townships of Gallia County. The water is drawn from the Ohio River Valley Aquifer.
This report shows our water quality and what it means.
You can participate in decisions regarding your water by attending a Board Meeting.
The board meets at 7:30 p.m. on the second Tuesday of each month at our business office.
We are located at 308 Burnett Road, Gallipolis, OH 45631. Any questions regarding the meetings contact:
Gallia Rural Water FACTS
We serve an estimated population of 21,000 in the five counties of Gallia, Jackson, Meigs, Lawrence, & Vinton.
Our Ohio EPA Class II Water Treatment Plant operates 24 hrs a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year.
Our current License to Operate (LTO) is:
The average daily production in 2017 was 1.978 million gallons per day.
We have 19 booster pump stations and 34 tanks with a total storage capacity in excess of 6 million gallons.
Notice to Members
Section 4933.19 Ohio Revised Code
This code mandates that utility customers be advised on an annual basis of the consequences of tampering with or by-passing a metering device as set forth in Section 4933.18 of the Oh Revised Code.
Section 4933.18 Oh Revised Code
No Person shall knowingly, without the utility’s consent, with intent to violate Section 4933.18, 4933.19 and 4933.22 of the Oh Revised Code: (A) Tamper with a gas, electric, steam or water meter, conduit or attachment of a utility that has been disconnected by the utility.
Section 4933.99 OH Revised Code
Penalties–Whoever violates Section 4933.18 and 4933.22 of the Oh Revised Code is guiltily of tampering with utility equipment. Whoever violates these sections shall make restitution to the utility for the cost of repair or replacement of meters, conduits or attachments damaged and for the valve of the gas, electricity, steam or water consumed.
A misdemeanor of the first degree provides for imprisonment of not more than six months and a fine of not more than $1,000.00.
A felony of the fourth degree under these codes provides for a prison term or six months, 1 year or 18 months and a fine of not more than $2,500.00.
In accordance with Federal law and U.S. Department of Agriculture policy, this institution is prohibited from discriminating on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, disability, religion, sex, a familial status. (Not all prohibited bases apply to all programs.)
To File a complaint of discrimination, write USDA, Director, Office of Civil Rights, 1400 Independence Avenue, S.W., Washington, D.C. 20250-9410 or call (800) 795-3272(voice) or (202) 720-6382 (TDD).
For allowing Gallia County Rural Water Association to continue providing your family with clean, quality water this year.
SOURCES OF CONTAMINATION
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.Drinking water, including bottled water, may reasonably be expected to contain at least small amounts of some contaminants. The presence of these does not necessarily pose 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)
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 microbiological contaminants are available from the Safe Drinking Water Hotline (800-426-4791).
The aquifer that supplies drinking water to the Gallia Rural Water Association’s #1 Well Field has (according to the OEPA) a high susceptibility to contamination, as indicated by the fact that ground water contamination by volatile organic chemicals was detected in the raw water in the early 90’s. Future contamination can possibly be avoided by implementing protective measures.
The aquifer that supplies drinking water to the Gallia Rural Water Association’s #2 Well Field has a moderate susceptibility to contamination, due to the sensitivity of the aquifer in which the wells are located and the existence of several potential contaminant sources within the protection zone. This does not mean that this well field will become contaminated, only that conditions are such that the ground water could be impacted by potential contaminant sources.
More information is available by contacting Gallia Rural Water at (740) 446-9221.
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. Gallia Rural Water Association 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://www.epa.gov/safewater/lead.
Gallia Rural Water Association routinely monitors for contaminants in your drinking water according to Federal and State laws. The link below contains a table which shows the results of our monitoring for the period of January 1st to December 31st, 2017. 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 questions regarding this report, or any other matter regarding our drinking water, you may contact Brent Bolin, General Manager at (740) 446-9221.