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Hopewell Water Company Consumer

Confidence Report 2002

Is my water safe?

Last year, we conducted 12 monthly tests for coliform bacteria (E. Coli).  All tests were negative. Another test was done for Copper, which was found to be within acceptable limits.  Your tap water met all U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and state drinking water health standards. This report is a snapshot of last year's water quality. Included are details about where your water comes from, what it contains, and how it compares to standards set by regulatory agencies. We are committed to providing you with information because informed customers are our best allies.

Violations

There was a violation issued due to missing a scheduled test for Nitrates.

Do I need 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 infections. These people should seek advice about drinking water from their health care providers. EPA/Centers for Disease Control (CDC) guidelines on appropriate means to lessen the risk of infection by Cryptosporidium and other microbial contaminants are available from the Safe Water Drinking Hotline (800-426-4791).

Where does my water come from?

The source of Hopewell Water Company's water are two springs; the Zimmerman Spring and the Nelson (Palmer Creek) Spring. They are located in the Eola Hills.

Source water assessment and its availability

A source water assesment has not been done by the State of Oregon, at the time of this report.

How do I find out information about the water system?

The water testing is done by The Waterlab Corporation, of Salem, Oregon. The reports are available online at the Oregon Department of Human Services, Drinking Water Program web site:

http://170.104.158.16/inventory.php3 and type 00251 in the box.

This report may be viewed online at: http://www.angelfire.com/hi5/hopewellwater/CCR2002.html

Why are there contaminants in my 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 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 can pick up substances resulting from the presence of animals or from human activity. Microbial contaminants, such as viruses and bacteria, that 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 stormwater runoff, industrial, or domestic wastewater discharges, oil and gas production, mining, or farming. Pesticides and herbicides, that may come from a variety of sources such as agriculture, urban stormwater runoff, and residential uses. Organic Chemical Contaminants, including synthetic and volatile organic chemicals, that are by-products of industrial processes and petroleum production, and can also come from gas stations, urban stormwater runoff, and septic systems. Radioactive contaminants, that 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 that limit the amount of certain contaminants in water provided by public water systems. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) regulations establish limits for contaminants in bottled water that must provide the same protection for public health.

For more information contact:

 

Hopewell Water Company

 

Steve Aldrich - Secretary

Phone: 503-868-7092

10700 Jerusalem Hill Rd. NW

Salem, OR 97304

 

Darrell Eaves – President

Phone: 503-868-7347

13650 Oak Rd. NW

Salem, OR 97304