Allison, IA, May 11, 2015
Butler County Debuts Alert Iowa Mass Notification System

alert-iowa.pngThis new emergency alert system can be used by state and local authorities to quickly disseminate emergency information to residents in Butler County that are signed up for the system.  This new notification system takes the place of CodeRed which Butler County has used for the past 5 years.  According to Mitch Nordmeyer, Director of the Butler County Emergency Management Agency, “The nice thing about this system is that it’s free of charge.  CodeRed was fairly expensive to subscribe to and this new system funded by the State Legislature will save our citizens a substantial amount of money.  CodeRed was used many times during disasters and emergencies over the past 5 years, but this new system will do all of the same things and a little more.”

Alert Iowa will allow citizens to sign up for the types of alerts they would like to receive. Messages can be issued via landline or wireless phone, text messaging, email, FAX, TDD/TYY, and social media.  Also, messages may contain photo, video and audio attachments to help subscribers better understand the situation at hand, or where to find additional information. Citizens will be able to sign up to receive alerts on the county’s registration page and they also will have the option to sign up to receive alerts in multiple counties.  Citizens will automatically receive all weather related warnings for our area and will have the option to receive Law Enforcement Notifications and Shelter In Place Warnings.  Everyone who signs up for AlertIowa will also have the option to select cities in Butler County that they wish to receive alerts for and also school districts.  Nordmeyer states “This new system will allow our citizens to receive more information than in the past, which will be a welcome addition.”

Nordmeyer also wants Butler County citizens to know that you will need to sign up for this new system just like they did for CodeRed.  Currently anyone who has a landline is signed up for notifications, but if they want their cell phones and emails included they will need to access the sign- in page.  This way will we will have the latest updated information for those who sign up.  It’s very easy to get signed up for Butler County AlertIowa.  All you need is a computer and internet access.  You can click on the link below and it will take you to the sign-in page.

http://entry.inspironlogistics.com/butler_ia/wens.cfm 

If you have any questions, please contact the Butler County Emergency Management Agency at 319-267-9968 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

2015 WATER QUALITY REPORT

FOR

APLINGTON WATER SUPPLY

This report contains important information regarding the water quality in our water system. The source of our water is groundwater.   Our water quality testing shows the following results:

CONTAMINANT MCL - (MCLG) Compliance Date Violation Source
    Type Value & (Range)   Yes/No  
Total Trihalomethanes (ppb) [TTHM] 80   (N/A) LRAA 6.00 (6 - 6) 09/30/2015 No By-products of drinking water chlorination
Total Haloacetic Acids (ppb) [HAA5] 60   (N/A) LRAA 40.00 (40 - 40) 09/30/2015 No By-products of drinking water disinfection
Lead (ppb) AL=15   (0) 90th 4.80 (ND - 6) 2015 No Corrosion of household plumbing systems; erosion of natural deposits
Copper (ppm) AL=1.3   (1.3) 90th 0.518 (0.0378 - 0.830) 2015 No Corrosion of household plumbing systems; Erosion of natural deposits; Leaching from wood preservatives
950 - DISTRIBUTION SYSTEM
Chlorine (ppm) MRDL=4.0   (MRDLG=4.0) RAA 1.8 (0.02 - 4.2) 09/30/2015 No Water additive used to control microbes
Nitrite [as N] (ppm) 1   (1) SGL 0.900 (ND - 0.900) 2015 No Runoff from fertilizer use; Leaching from septic tanks, sewage; Erosion of natural deposits
01 - S/EP FROM WELL #2 & #3 AFTER TREATMENT
Fluoride (ppm) 4   (4) SGL 0.7 03/28/2012 No Water additive which promotes strong teeth; Erosion of natural deposits; Discharge from fertilizer and aluminum factories
Barium (ppm) 2   (2) SGL 0.0371 03/28/2012 No Discharge of drilling wastes; Discharge from metal refineries; Erosion of natural deposits
Sodium (ppm) N/A   (N/A) SGL 113 04/01/2015 No Erosion of natural deposits; Added to water during treatment process
Nitrite [as N] (ppm) 1   (1) SGL 0.500 (ND - 0.500) 2015 No Runoff from fertilizer use; Leaching from septic tanks, sewage; Erosion of natural deposits

Note: Contaminants with dates indicate results from the most recent testing done in accordance with regulations.

DEFINITIONS

 

  • Maximum Contaminant Level (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.
  • Maximum Contaminant Level Goal (MCLG) -- 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.
  • ppb -- parts per billion.
  • ppm -- parts per million.
  • pCi/L – picocuries per liter
  • N/A – Not applicable
  • ND -- Not detected
  • RAA – Running Annual Average
  • LRAA – Locational Running Annual Average
  • Treatment Technique (TT) – A required process intended to reduce the level of a contaminant in drinking water.
  • Action Level (AL) – The concentration of a contaminant which, if exceeded, triggers treatment or other requirements which a water system must follow.
  • 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 contaminants.
  • 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.
  • SGL – Single Sample Result
  • TCR – Total Coliform Rule

GENERAL INFORMATION

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 posed a health risk.  More information about contaminants or potential health effects can be obtained by calling the Environmental Protection Agency’s Safe Drinking Water Hotline (800-426-4791).

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/CDC guidelines on appropriate means to lessen the risk of infection by Cryptosporidium and other microbial contaminants 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.  APLINGTON WATER SUPPLY is responsible for providing high quality drinking water, but 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 at http://www.epa.gov/safewater/lead.

ADDITIONAL HEALTH INFORMATION

Nitrite in drinking water at levels above 1 ppm is a health risk for infants of less than six months of age.  High nitrite levels in drinking water can cause blue baby syndrome.  Nitrite levels may rise quickly for short periods of time because of rainfall or agricultural activity.  If you are caring for an infant, you should ask advice from your health care provider.

SOURCE WATER ASSESSMENT INFORMATION

This water supply obtains its water from the limestone and dolomite of the Devonian aquifer.  The Devonian aquifer was determined to be slightly susceptible to contamination because the characteristics of the aquifer and overlying materials provide moderate protection from contaminants at the land surface.  The Devonian wells will be slightly susceptible to surface contaminants such as leaking underground storage tanks, contaminant spills, and excess fertilizer application.  A detailed evaluation of your source water was completed by the Iowa Department of Natural Resources, and is available from the Water Operator at 319-347-2425.

CONTACT INFORMATION

For questions regarding this information or how you can get involved in decisions regarding the water system, please contact APLINGTON WATER SUPPLY at 319-347-2425.

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