2019 Annual Drinking Water Quality Report  

Montgomery County WCID#1

PWS 1700119                           Phone: (281) 367-0969                          Richard J. Hughes

Public Participation Opportunities

Regular Board Meetings are held on the 3rd Tuesday of Each Month. Call ahead to confirm, Or go to www.wcid1tx.org/board-of-directors

Time: 2:00 PM

Location:  Montgomery County WCID#1 Main Office

25611 Spreading Oaks Lane

Spring, Texas 77380

Phone: (281) 367-0969

Email:  admin@wcid1tx.org

For learn more about future public meetings (Concerning your drinking water), or to request to schedule one, Please Call, email or visit our website at http://www.wcid1tx.org

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This Is your Drinking Water Quality Report for January 1 through December 31, 2018

For More detailed information visit https://dww2.tceq.texas.gov/DWW/

Enter Water System ID # 1700119 in the first box​​​

 

 

Special Notice

 

Required Language for All Community Public Water Systems.

You may be more vulnerable than the general population to certain microbial Contaminants, such as Cryptosporidium, in drinking water. Infants, some elderly, or immunocompromised persons such as those undergoing chemotherapy for cancer, persons who have undergone organ transplants, those who are undergoing treatment with steroids, and people with HIV/AIDS or other immune system disorders, can be particularly at risk from infections. You should seek advice about drinking water from your physician or health care providers. Additional guidelines on appropriate means to lessen the risk of infection by Cryptosporidium are available from the Safe Drinking Water Hotline (800-426-4791). 


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. We are responsible for providing high quality drinking water, but we 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 or http://www.epa.gov/safewater/lead 

Emergency Communication System

The District uses an automated Emergency Notification system (Blackboard Connect). Please Make sure we have your phone number & Email in case we need to contact you with information on water outages or other emergencies. We Can also text emergency alerts to your cell phone. Visit or website at https://www.wcid1tx.org  for more information. Your Contact information will be kept confidential and not shared with anyone. 

                                 

 

 Sources Of Drinking Water

 

The Sources of (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. 
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 EPAS Safe Drinking Water Hotline (800)426-4791. 
Contaminants that may be present in source water include:

 

-    Microbial contaminants, such as viruses and bacteria, which may come from sewage treatment plants, septic systems, agricultural livestock operations, and Wildlife.


-    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.


-    Pesticides and herbicides, which may come from a variety of sources such as agriculture, urban storm water runoff, and residential uses.


-    Organic 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. FDA regulations establish limits for contaminants in bottled water which must provide the same protection for public health.


Contaminants may be found in drinking water that may cause taste, Color, or odor problems. These types of problems are not necessarily causes for health concerns. For more information on taste, odor, or color of drinking Water, please contact the system's business office. 

Source Water Assessment Protection

 

This report is intended to provide you with important information about your drinking water and the efforts made by the water system to provide safe drinking water. 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 EPA’s Safe Drinking Water Hotline at (800)426-4791.

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Information About Source Water Assessments

For More information about your sources of water, please refer to the Source Water Assessment Viewer by clicking the following link, and then clicking source water assessment

https://dww2.tceq.texas.gov/DWW/

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

DEFINITIONS: 


Avg: Regulatory compliance with some MCLs are based on running annual average of monthly samples. 


Maximum Contaminant Level Goal or MCLG: The level of contaminant in drinking water below which there is no known or expected 
risk to health. MCLGs allow for a margin of safety. 


Level 1 Assessment: A Level 1 assessment is a study of the water system to identify potential problems and determine (if possible) why total coliform bacteria have been found in our water system. 


Maximum Contaminant Level or MCL: 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. 


Level 2 Assessment: A level 2 assessment is a very detailed study of the water system to identify potential problems and determine 
{if possible) why an E coli MCL Violation has occurred and/or why total coliform bacteria have been found in our water system on 
multiple occasions. 


Maximum residual disinfectant level goal or MROLG: 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 Contaminants. 


Maximum residual disinfectant level or 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. 


MFL: million fibers per liter (a measure of asbestos) 
mrem/year: millirems per year (a measure of radiation absorbed by the 
body) 


n/a: not applicable

 
NTU: nephelometric turbidity units (a measure of turbidity) 


pCi/L: picoCuries per liter (a measure of radioactivity) 


ppb: micrograms per liter (ug/L) or parts per billion-or one ounce in 7,350,000 gallons of 


water ppm: parts per million, or milligrams per liter (mg/L) 


ppt: parts per trillion, or nanograms per liter (ng/L) 


ppq: parts per quadrillion, or pictograms per liter (pg/L) 

 

WATERING LAWNS

 

In spite of recent rains, Texas is subject to widespread drought conditions. Our aquifers are still threatened by over use. TCEQ has been closely monitoring the situation, and they are concerned about known and potential water shortages in areas where 
drought conditions are significant. Please use the watering information provided to save water. This  Years Report focuses on Irrigation.

To Water or Not to Water: When it comes to lawn irrigation, you have two choices during long, dry, hot periods in the summer: 

  • Water Grass to keep it green

  • Dont Water. Let it turn brown and go dormant.

Watering keeps the grass green, but increases the need for mowing, encourages weed growth, can cause lawn disease and raises your water bill. If you decide to let your lawn go dormant, warm-season grasses like Centipede grass, Bermuda grass, Zoysia grass and St. Augustine grass will survive and rebound when favorable conditions return. Tall fescue may not fare as well. In some cases, extended drought can severely injure or kill tall fescue. Whatever lawn care option you choose, stick with it. Flip-flopping between the two can weaken your lawn. 


How to Identify a Thirsty Lawn: If you choose to irrigate your lawn during drought periods, do so efficienty. Water when the lawn shows signs of "thirst," applying an appropriate amount at the right time of day. 

•     Footprintlng: Walk across your lawn. If your footprints remain in the grass very long, the lawn is dry,
•     Color test: When a lawn is dry a long time, it will have a bluish-gray cast. Watering brings back the color. 
•     Check leaves: Dry grass responds by wilting, rolling or folding the leaves.
•     Screwdriver test: If the soil is very dry, it will be hard to insert a screwdriver into the lawn.

Watering Your Lawn:

Once you have determined that your lawn is dry, apply about an 􀀧 of water. This amount should moisten the soil to a depth of 4 to 6 inches. If runoff is a problem, apply half and let it soak in before applying more water. Early morning is the best time to Water. Irrigation timers should be set to water the lawn between 4 and 6 a.m. 


Water your lawn only as often as necessary.

Applying a little bit of water daily can be harmful, since it can encourage shallow roots. This makes the grass less drought-tolerant. Stretch the interval between each watering to encourage development of deep, extensive roots. 


Trees, Shrubs, & Groundcover 
Established plantings do well in the summer when watered about once a week, especially if mulch is placed around plants. Apply enough water to wet the soil to a depth of at least 12 inches. Using low output sprinkler heads, bubblers, or drip irrigation systems help prevent runoff and are efficient ways to apply water. New plantings require more frequent watering the first two years. Consider Texas-grown. water wise varieties when purchasing new or replacement plants 


Fertilizer 

A slow release nitrogen fertilizer helps plants use less water, and a lawn fertilizer with a 3-1-2 ratio of nitrogen (N) - phosphorus (P) - potassium (K), such as 15-5-10, is recommended to help grass withstand stress. Remember, each 100 lbs. of 15-5-10 fertilizer contains 15 lbs, of N, 5 lbs, of P and 10 lbs. of K Fertilize lightly in the spring and again in the early Fall. 

For More information Contact the County Agricultural Agent, The Texas Department of Agriculture, your local WaterWise Landscape Professional.

 

 

Texas Water Development Board  P.O. Box 13231, Austin Texas 78711-3231

The Data presented in this report is from the most recent testing done in accordance with State & Federal Regulations

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