Inorganic

Constituents Detected MCL MCLG Source of Contaminants
(2015) Barium 0.115mg/l 2 mg/l 2 mg/l Discharge of drilling wastes; discharge from metal refineries; erosion of natural deposits
(2015) Fluoride 0.4mg/l 4 mg/l 4.0 mg/l Erosion of natural deposits; water additives that promote strong teeth; discharge from fertilizer and aluminum factories
(2015) Nitrate 0.30 mg/l 10 mg/l 10 mg/l Runoff from fertilizer use; leaching from septic tanks, sewage; erosion of natural deposits
(2011) Gross Alpha Emitters 2.5pCi/l 15.0 pCi/l 0 pCi/l Erosion of natural deposits
(2011) Gross Beta Emitters 6.8 pCi/l 50 pCi/l 0 pCi/l Decay of natural and man made deposits
(2011) Total Radium 2.5 pCi/l 5.0 pCi/l 0 pCi/l Erosion of natural deposits
 (2015) Arsenic 2 ppb  0 ppb 10ppb  Erosion of natural deposits; runoff from orchards; runoff from glass and electronics production wastes.
 (2015) Cyanide  40 ppb 200 ppb 200 ppb  Discharge from plastic and fertilizer factories; discharge from steel/metal factories.
 (2015) Selenium 10 ppb 50 ppb 50 ppb Discharge from petroleum and metal refineries; erosion of natural deposits; discharge from mines.

Organic

Constituents Detected MCL MCLG Source of Contaminants
(2015)
Total Haloacetic
Acids
16 ppb 60 ppb 0 ppb By products of
drinking water
chlorination
(2015)
Total Trihalomethanes
53 ppb 80 ppb 0 ppb By products of drinking water chlorination
(2015) Chlorite 0.6 ppm 0.8 ppm 1 ppm By products of
drinking water
chlorination

Maximum Residual Disinfectant Level

Disinfectant Average
Level
Minimum
Level
Maximum
Level
MRDL MRDLG Source of
Chemical
(2015) Chlorine 3.50 mg/l 3.20 mg/l 3.70 mg/l 4.0 mg/l <4.0 mg/l Disinfectant used to
control microbes

Unregulated Constituents

Constituents Detected Turbidity Limit Source of Contaminants
(2015) * Turbidity 0.16 NTU 0.3 NTU Erosion of natural deposits

Unregulated Constituents

Constituents The 90th Percentile Action level Source of Contaminants
(2014) Lead 2.5 15 ppb Corrosion of household plumbing systems; erosion of natural deposits
(2014) Copper 1.8 ppm 1.3 ppm Corrosion of household plumbing systems; erosion of natural deposits; leaching from wood preservatives.
(2014) Total Coliform & Fecal Coliform Not Detected

Total Organic Carbon (TOC)**

The percentage of Total Organic Carbon (TOC) removal was measured each month and the system met all TOC removal requirements set, unless a TOC violation is noted in the violations section.

Lead and Copper Rule

Lead and Copper Rule
The Lead and Copper Rule protects public health by minimizing lead and copper levels in drinking water, primarily by reducing water corrosivity. Lead and copper enter drinking water mainly from corrosion of lead and copper containing plumbing materials.
Violation Type Violation Begin Violation End Violation Explanation
LEAD CONSUMER NOTICE (LCR) 12/30/2014 2015  We failed to provide the results of lead tap water monitoring to the consumers at the location water was tested. These were supposed to be provided no later than 30 days after learning the results.
Consumer Confidence Rule
The Consumer Confidence Rule requires community water systems to prepare and provide to their customers annual consumer confidence reports on the quality of the water delivered by the systems.
Violation Type Violation Begin Violation End Violation Explanation
CCR Adequacy/Availability/

Content

07/01/2014 2015  We failed to provide you, our drinking water customers, an annual report that adequately informed you about the quality of our drinking water and the risks from exposure to contaminants detected in our drinking water.

Milligram per liter (mg/l)=part per million (ppm): one ppm is about the same as one drop of soda in 35 quarts.

Microgram per liter (ug/l)=part per billion (ppb): is 1000 times less than ppm or one drop of soda in 35,000 quarts.

pCi/l: Picocuries per liters-units of measure for radioactive substances.

Maximum Contaminants Level (MCL)-the highest level of contaminants in drinking water

Maximum Contaminants Level Goal (MCLG)-the level of contaminants in drinking water below which there is no known or expected health risk; MCLG allows for a margin of safety.

Action Level-the concentration of a contaminant; which if exceeded, triggers treatment or other requirements, which a water system must follow.

NTU-Nephelometric Turbidity Units are units of measures for *turbidity, such as miles measures distance.

*Turbidity has no health effects. However, turbidity can interfere with disinfecting and provide a medium for microbial growth. Turbidity may indicate the presence of disease causing organisms, including bacteria, viruses and parasites that can cause symptoms such as nausea, cramps, diarrhea, and associated headaches. Turbidity is suspended materials that cause water to become cloudy.

Pharr Tap Delivers

Tap Water

Public Health-In a world where a estimated 3 million people die every year from preventable waterborne disease, water systems such as Pharr Water System allow us to drink from virtually any public tap with a high assurance of safety. A safe water supply is critical to protecting the public-the first obligation of all water suppliers

Fire Protection-A well maintained water system is critical in protecting our communities from the ever-present threat of fire. The ability to provide water for fire protection heavily influences: new construction, business location decisions and insurance rates.

Support for the Economy-A safe, reliable water supply is central to the economic success of our communities. Tap water is critical to the day-to-day operations of existing businesses and to the viability of new commercial and residential developments.

Quality of Life-Tap is more than a convenience; it is central to our everyday lives.

The Value of Water Service

We are all beneficiaries of the incredible system of water treatment plants, pump stations, and water and sewer pipes that was handed down to us by generations before. Yet because our water infrastructure has lasted so long, we haven’t had to worry about the expense of replacing it. However, in the next few years, much of the system is going to need to be upgraded or replaced. We can therefore be sure that tap water service will cost more in the future than it does today.

In addition to age, there are several other factors that are influencing water infrastructure costs: growing populations require additional infrastructure and expansion of water and sewer treatment plants, new regulations designed to further improve public health protection may require additional infrastructure, and in the post -9/11 era, we have to be increasing vigilant about protecting water infrastructure and supplies.

We are at a turning point. It’s time for our community to reinvest in our drinking water infrastructure so we can hand it on to our children and grandchildren. When you consider the critical needs addressed by water services, tap water will always be a tremendous bargain. You simply cannot put a price on a service that delivers public health, fire protection, development and quality of life.

Special Health Information

Elderly, infants, cancer patients, persons with HIV/AIDS or other immunity problems may be more vulnerable to certain microbial contaminants in drinking water than the general population. In particular, infection by cryptosporidium is of concern. You should seek advice about drinking water from your physician or health care provider. Additional guidelines on appropriate ways to lessen the risk of infection by cryptosporidium are available from the Safe Drinking Water Hotline at (800)246-4791, or your local Health Department or District.

TCEQ Issues Drought Advisories To Public Water Systems

“Surface water conditions have worsened and river stream flows continue to show a decline in portions of the state”, said Glenn Shankle, executive director for TCEQ. “Now is the time to act to ensure continued, adequate water supplies for all of Texas.”

The City of Pharr will continue to enforce its Water Conservation Mandatory Ordinance (No. 02-2001-05) and are encouraging residents to please do their part and conserve water.

Save on Your Water Bill Conserve Water
  • Install a low flow showerhead that limits the flow from the shower to less than three gallons per minute.
  • Never water on a windy days
  • Water Lawns early in the morning during the summer; otherwise, much of the water can simply evaporate.
  • Use a car wash that recycles water.
  • Fix leaking pipes, faucets, and toilets.
  • Don’t leave the water running when you are not using it.
  • Taller grass holds moisture better! Keep grass 3 inches tall during the summer.

Where do we get out drinking water? Our drinking water is surface water and is obtained from the Rio Grande.

Are you Paying For More Water Than You Need?

Leaking Toilet-50 gallons per day/350 gallons per week/18,000 gallons per year-your cost per year-$37.80

10 minute Shower W/Inefficient Shower Head-30 gallons per shower/420 Gallons per week/21,840 per year-your cost per year-$45.86

Dripping Faucet-186,000 gallons per year-your cost per year-$277.14

Total Wasted-$360.80

Public Participation

To learn more about the enclosed table call Jesse Trejo or Manlio “Alex” Almora at (956) 402-4302 or Yesenia Ennis at (956) 402-4300. Learn more ways to conserve water by picking up a conservation pamphlet at the Water Billing Dept. at 118 S Cage, 1st floor.

Backflow Device Required on Lawn Irrigation Systems

In accordance with Ordinance No. 0-2001-24, a backflow assembly device must be attached to all lawn irrigation sprinkler systems connected to the City of Pharr water distribution system. Backflow devices counteract back pressure or prevent back siphonage into the distribution system. The backflow device must be installed and inspected by a certified backflow tester and the device must be tested annually.

For more information on the above ordinances, contact the Public Utilities Department at 402-4300.

WATER PROBLEMS OR SEWER PROBLEMS?

Call 402-4300 Monday-Friday

After 5:00 pm call 787-8546 or 402-4444

Weekends call 787-8546 or 402-4444

WHY CONSERVE?

According to the Texas State Water Plan, Texas’ population is projected to increase 90% by 2050 and total municipal water demand is projected to increase 67% by 2050. Even with the 13.5% water saving projected from conservation in the next fifty years, water supply from existing sources will meet only 75% of the projected water demand by 2050. We must use our precious water resources more efficiently or we will have more frequent and more severe water shortages, especially during droughts and periods of peak demand (like hot Texas summers!). Using water more efficiently will not only save money, but more importantly, will help protect the quality of life of future generations. The cost of new or renovated water infrastructure wastewater treatment and water supply is estimated to be $107 billion over the next fifty years. Each of us together can save billions of tax dollars by making our households water smart. We must take on the responsibility of efficient water use now. (Top Water Smart Tips pamphlet by the Texas Water Development Board)

Did you Know… Water treatment Plant (WTP) operators and Wastewater Treatment Plant (WWTP) operators have to be licensed by the State. Texas Commission on Environmental Quality requires that all WTP and WWTP operators be licensed within a year of employment by passing a mandatory state exam and must upgrade their licenses within two years by passing another mandatory state exam. WTP and WWTP operators must also have continuous education classes throughout their careers to keep their licenses.

En Español

Este reporte incluye información sobre su agua potable. Para obtener una copia de esta información en español por favor llamar al 402-4300.

Last Updated: 6/15/2016

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