To comply with State and Federal regulations, The Village of Hunter Water Department will be annually issuing a report describing the quality of your drinking water. The current report covers the period of 1/1/20 through 12/31/20. The purpose of this report is to raise your understanding of drinking water and awareness of the need to protect our drinking water sources. Last year, your tap water met all State drinking water standards. This report provides an overview of last year’s water quality. Included are details about where your water comes from, what it contains, and how it compares to State standards. If you have any questions about this report or concerning your drinking water, please contact Joseph Myers, Water Department, 518-263-5030.
Where Does our Water Come From?
In general, the sources of drinking water (both tap 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 can pick up substances resulting from the presence of animals or from human activities. Contaminants which may be present in source water include microbial contaminants, inorganic contaminants, pesticides and herbicides, organic chemical contaminants, and radioactive contaminants. In order to ensure that your tap water is safe to drink, the State and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) prescribe regulations which limit the amount of certain contaminants in water provided by public water systems. The State Health Department’s and the FDA’s regulations establish limits for contaminants in bottled water which must provide the same protection for public health.
Our water system serves approximately 896 people through 756 service connections. Our water supply consists of four wells and a surface reservoir. The reservoir is located off Ski Bowl Road and Riverside Drive. Well #1 produces 170 gallons per minute, well #2 produces 115 gallons per minute, and well #3 produces 140 gallons per minute. Well#4 is new to the system and is permitted for 30 gallons per minute. The system has two storage tanks. One tank has a capacity of 500,000 gallons and the other tank has a capacity of 150,000 gallons.
The reservoir water is no longer under a filtration avoidance permit because it is now being filtered at the new Water Treatment Plant located on Ethel’s Court. The water plant utilizes a two stage, pressure filter system and can produce up to 375 gallons per minute. The water is disinfected with chlorine and ultraviolet light before it is sent to the distribution system. The water plant went on-line in August, 2007.
Are there contaminants in our drinking water?
As the State regulations require, we routinely test your drinking water for numerous contaminants. These contaminants include: total coliform, inorganic compounds, nitrates, nitrites, lead and copper, volatile organic compounds, total trihalomethanes, synthetic organic compounds, and radiological contaminants. The table presented below depicts which compounds were detected in your drinking water. The State allows us to test for some contaminants less than once per year because the concentrations of these contaminants do not change frequently. Some of our data, though representative, are more than one year old.
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 (1-800-426-4791) or the local NYSDOH office at: 607-432-3911.
Some people may be more vulnerable to disease causing microorganisms or pathogens in drinking water than the general population. Immune-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 from their health care provider about their drinking water. EPA/CDC guidelines on appropriate means to lessen the risk of infection by Cryptosporidium, Giardia and other microbial pathogens are available from the Safe Drinking Water Hotline (800-426-4791).