additive used to control microbes
The Safe Drinking Water Act regulations allow monitoring waivers to
reduce or eliminate the monitoring requirements for asbestos, volatile
organic chemicals and synthetic organic chemicals. Our system received
a monitoring waiver for synthetic organic chemicals.
additional information: If you
have any questions about this report or concerning your water utility,
please contact Michael Sedlak at 732-349-6425.
We want our valued customers to be informed about their water
utility. If you want to learn more, please attend any of our regularly
scheduled Borough Council meetings at Borough Hall, 599 Pennsylvania
Avenue. Meetings are held on the second Wednesday of each month at 7:30
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.
that may be present in source water include:
contaminants, such as viruses and bacteria, which may come from sewage
treatment plants, septic systems, agricultural livestock operations, and
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 projection, mining, or farming.
Pesticides and herbicides, which may come from a variety of sources such
as agriculture, urban storm water runoff, and residential uses.
chemical contaminants, including synthetic and volatile organic
chemicals, which are byproducts 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. Food and Drug
Administration regulations establish limits for contaminants in bottled
water, which must provide the same protection for public health.
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 the 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.
In the “Table of
Detections” you may find some terms and abbreviations you might not be
familiar with. To help you better understand these terms we've provided
the following definitions:
(ND) - laboratory analysis
indicates that the constituent is not present.
million (ppm) - one part per
million corresponds to one minute in two years or a single penny in
billion (ppb) - one part per
billion corresponds to one minute in 2,000 years, or a single penny in
per liter (pCi/L) - picocuries per
liter is a measure of the radioactivity in water.
- the concentration of a contaminant which, if exceeded, triggers
treatment or other requirements which a water system must follow.
Contaminant Level - The "Maximum
Allowed" (MCL) is 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.
Contaminant Level Goal -The "Goal"(MCLG)
is 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 (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
(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 contamination.
Sources of Lead in Drinking Water
Although most lead exposure occurs from
inhaling dust or from contaminated soil, or when children eat paint
chips, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA) estimates that
10 to 20 percent of human exposure to lead may come from lead in
drinking water. Infants who consume mostly mixed formula can receive 40
percent to 60 percent of their exposure to lead from drinking water.
Lead is rarely found in the source of your drinking water but enters tap
water through corrosion, or wearing away, of materials containing lead
in the water distribution system and household plumbing materials. These
materials include lead-based solder used to join copper pipes, brass,
and chrome-brass faucets, and in some cases, service lines made of or
lined with lead. New brass faucets, fittings, and valves, including
those advertised as “lead-free”, may still contain a small percentage of
lead, and contribute lead to drinking water. The law currently allows
end-use brass fixtures, such as faucets, with up to 0.25 percent lead to
be labeled as “lead free”. However, prior to January 4, 2014, “lead
free” allowed up to 8 percent lead content of the wetted surfaces of
plumbing products including those labeled National Sanitation Foundation
(NSF) certified. Visit the NSF website at www.nsf.org to learn more
about lead-containing plumbing fixtures. Consumers should be aware of
this when choosing fixtures and take appropriate precautions. When water
stands in lead service lines, lead pipes, or plumbing systems containing
lead for several hours or more, the lead may dissolve into your drinking
water. This means the first water drawn from the tap in the morning, or
later in the afternoon if the water has not been used all day, can
contain fairly high levels of lead.
Steps You Can Take to Reduce Exposure
to Lead in Drinking Water
For a full list of steps visit:
Run the cold water to flush out lead.
Let the water run from the tap before using it for drinking or cooking
any time the water in the faucet has gone unused for more than six
hours. The longer the water resides in plumbing the more lead it may
contain. Flushing the tap means running the cold-water faucet. Let the
water run from the cold-water tap based on the length of the lead
service line and the plumbing configuration in your home. In other
words, the larger the home or building and the greater the distance to
the water main (in the street), the more water it will take to flush
properly. Although toilet flushing or showering flushes water through a
portion of the plumbing system, you still need to flush the water in
each faucet before using it for drinking or cooking. Flushing tap water
is a simple and inexpensive measure you can take to protect your health.
It usually uses less than one gallon of water.
Use cold, flushed water for cooking and
preparing baby formula. Because lead from lead-containing plumbing
materials and pipes can dissolve into hot water more easily than cold
water, never drink, cook, or prepare beverages including baby formula
using hot water from the tap. If you have not had your water sampled or
if you know, it is recommended that bottled or filtered water be used
for drinking and preparing baby formula. If you need hot water, draw
water from the cold tap and then heat it.
Do not boil water to remove lead.
Boiling water will not reduce lead; however,
it is still safe to wash dishes and do laundry. Lead will not soak into
dishware or most clothes.
Use alternative sources or treatment of
water. You may want to consider purchasing bottled water or a water
filter. Read the package to be sure the filter is approved to reduce
lead or contact NSF International at 800-NSF-8010 or
for information on performance standards for water filters.
Determine if you have interior lead
plumbing or solder. If your home/building was constructed prior to
1987, it is important to determine if interior lead solder or lead pipes
are present. You can check yourself, hire a licensed plumber, or check
with your landlord.
Replace plumbing fixtures and service
lines containing lead. Replace brass faucets, fittings, and valves
that do not meet the current definition of “lead free” from 2014 (as
explained above). Visit the NSF website at
www.nsf.org to learn more about lead-containing plumbing fixtures.
Remove and clean aerators/screens on
plumbing fixtures. Over time, particles and sediment can collect in
the aerator screen. Regularly remove and clean aerators screens located
at the tip of faucets and remove any particles.
Test your water for lead. Please
call Michael Sedlak at 732-349-6425
to find out how to get your water
tested for lead. Testing is essential because you cannot see, taste, or
smell lead in drinking water.
Get your child tested. Contact your
local health department or healthcare provider to find out how you can
get your child tested for lead if you are concerned about lead
exposure. New Jersey law requires that children be tested for lead in
their blood at both 1 and 2 years of age and before they are 6 years old
if they have never been tested before or if they have been exposed to a
known source of lead.
Have an electrician check your wiring.
If grounding wires from the electrical system are attached to your
pipes, corrosion may be greater. Check with a licensed electrician or
your local electrical code to determine if your wiring can be grounded
elsewhere. DO NOT attempt to change the wiring yourself because improper
grounding can cause electrical shock and fire hazards.
softeners and reverse osmosis units
will remove lead from water but can also make the water more corrosive
to lead solder and plumbing by removing certain minerals; therefore, the
installation of these treatment units at the point of entry into homes
with lead plumbing should only be done under supervision of a qualified
water treatment professional.
Health Effects of Lead
Lead can cause serious health problems if
too much enters your body from drinking water or other sources. It can
cause damage to the brain and kidneys and can interfere with the
production of red blood cells that carry oxygen to all parts of your
body. The greatest risk of lead exposure is to infants, young children,
and pregnant women. Scientists have linked the effects of lead on the
brain with lowered IQ in children. Adults with kidney problems and high
blood pressure can be affected by low levels of lead more than healthy
adults. Lead is stored in the bones, and it can be released later in
life. During pregnancy, the child receives lead from the mother’s bones,
which may affect brain development. Contact your local health department
or healthcare provider to find out how you can get your child tested for
lead if you are concerned about lead exposure. You can find out more
about how to get your child tested and how to pay for it at
Beach Water Department -
PWSID # NJ1522001
Pine Beach Water
Department is a public community water system consisting of 2 wells.
This system’s source water
comes from the following aquifer: Kirkwood-Cohansey Watertable Aquifer
This system can purchase
water from the following water systems: Berkeley Water Department,
Beachwood Water Department.
Susceptibility Ratings for
Pine Beach Water Department Sources
The table below
illustrates the susceptibility ratings for the seven contaminant
categories (and radon) for each source in the system. The table
provides the number of wells and intakes that rated high (H), medium
(M), or low (L) for each contaminant category. For susceptibility
ratings of purchased water, refer to the specific water system’s source
water assessment report.
The seven contaminant
categories are defined at the bottom of this page. DEP considered all
surface water highly susceptible to pathogens, therefore all intakes
received a high rating for the pathogen category. For the purpose of
Source Water Assessment Program, radionuclides are more of a concern for
ground water than surface water. As a result, surface water intakes’
susceptibility to radionuclides was not determined and they all received
a low rating.
If a system is rated
highly susceptible for a contaminant category, it does not mean a
customer is or will be consuming contaminated drinking water.
The rating reflects the potential for contamination of source
water, not the existence of contamination. Public water systems are
required to monitor for regulated contaminants and to install treatment
if any contaminants are detected at frequencies and concentrations above
allowable levels. As a result of the assessments, DEP may customize
(change existing) monitoring schedules based on the susceptibility