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Water System Water Quality Report – CCR 2012

Wednesday, June 26th, 2013

City of Georgetown Water System Water Quality Report – 2012


This report is a summary of last year’s water quality for the Georgetown Water System.  Included are details about where your water comes from, what it contains, and how it compares to EPA and state standards.  We are committed to providing you with information because informed citizens are our best allies.


Last year, as in year’s past, your tap water met all EPA and state drinking water health standards.  The City of Georgetown carefully safeguards its water supplies and once again we are proud to report that our system has never violated a maximum contaminant level or any other water quality standard.


Our constant goal is to provide you with a safe and dependable supply of drinking water. This report is designed to inform you about the quality of water and services we deliver to you every day. We want you to understand the efforts we make to continually improve the water treatment process and protect our water resources. If you have any health concerns relating to the information in this report, we encourage you to contact your health care provider.


For more information about this report, or if you have questions relating to your drinking water, please call the City Hall at 847-2120, or you may contact any of the city council members at:


Mayor Bob Van Cleave          847-1288

Joe DeClark                            847-1665

Ada DeClark                           847-1260

Matt Argyle                            479-6143

Gary Thompson                      847-1508

Doug Thompson                     847-2518







2012 Consumer Confidence Report (CCR)




I.          Water System Information

Water System Name:        City of Georgetown                                                     PWS ID #:  ID6040013
Water System Operator:    Douglas Thompson
Address:         382 Main St                                                                                       Tel   #:  208-847-2120
City, State, Zip Code:     Georgetown, ID 83239
Population Served:          538                                                            Number of Connections:  215
Date of CCR Distribution:  June 27, 2013                                      For   Calendar Year: 2012
Regularly Scheduled Meeting(s):    First Tuesday of every month at 7:00 pm


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II.  Water Sources

Groundwater Sources (springs, wells, infiltration   galleries):
1) Source #:          1                         a)   Sample Site Location (source name):    Spring
b) Location Description:   Right   Hand Canyon
2) Source #:          2                         a)   Sample Site Location (source name):    Well #1
b) Location Description:   Right   Hand Canyon
3) Source #:                                    a) Sample   Site Location (source name):
b) Location Description:
Surface   Water Sources (lakes, rivers, creeks):
1) Source #:                                    a) Sample   Site Location (source name):
b) Location Description:
Source Water Assessment or Protection Plan   Available?




III. Special Compliance Violations

a) Treatment Techniques   (TT):             None
b) Monitoring/Reporting:     None
c) Public Notification/Record Keeping:   None
d) Special Monitoring Requirements:   None
e) Administrative or Judicial Orders:   None
f) Consent Orders:   None
g) Notice of Violations (NOVs):  None



IV. Definitions

Action Level   (AL): The   concentration of a contaminant, which, if exceeded, triggers treatment or   other requirements, which a water system must follow.
Initial   Distribution System Evaluation (IDSE):    IDSE   is an important part of the Stage 2 Disinfection By-Products Rule   (DBPR).  The IDSE is a one-time study   conducted by some water systems, providing disinfection or chlorination, to   identify distribution system locations with concentrations of trihalomethanes   (THMs) and haloacetic acids (HAAs).    Water systems will use results from the IDSE, in conjunction with   their Stage 1 DBPR compliance monitoring data, to select monitoring locations   for Stage 2 DBPR.  Not all water   systems were required to perform an IDSE.


Maximum   Contamination 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   Contamination 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.
 Maximum   Residual Disinfectant Level (MRDL): The highest level of disinfectant allowed in   drinking water.  There is convincing   evidence that addition of a disinfectant is necessary for control of   microbial contaminants.


 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   contamination.


 Treatment   Technique (TT): A required process intended to reduce the level of a contaminant in   drinking water.




V.  Health Information

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 and Prevention (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 at 1-800-426-4791 or                              
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 at 1-800-426-4791 or



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.  Food and Drug Administration   (FDA) regulations establish limits for contaminants in bottled water which   must provide the same protection for public health.


Contaminants that may be   present in   source water before we treat it 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 stormwater   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 stormwater runoff, and residential   uses.

Organic chemical   contaminants,   including synthetic and volatile organic chemicals, which are by-products of   industrial processes and petroleum production, and can also come from gas   stations, urban stormwater runoff, and septic systems.

Radioactive   contaminants,   which can be naturally-occurring or be the result of oil and gas production   and mining activities.


Lead Informational Statement (Health effects and   ways to reduce exposure)


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.  The utility named above   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 drinking 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 form the Safe Drinking Water Hotline or at


VI.  Level of Detected Chemical and Radiological Contaminants and Associated Health Effects Language


Unless otherwise noted, the data presented in this water quality table is from testing done between January 1, 2012 – December 31, 2012.


Contaminant Violation













Typical Source of Contamination Health Effects Language
Chemical and   Radiological Contaminants
Nitrate (ppm)







Well #1

Runoff   from fertilizer use; Leaching from septic tanks, sewage; Erosion of natural   deposits Infants   below the age of six months who drink water containing nitrate in excess of   the MCL could become seriously ill and, if untreated, may die. Symptoms   include shortness of breath and blue baby syndrome.
Nitrate (ppm)








Runoff   from fertilizer use; Leaching from septic tanks, sewage; Erosion of natural   deposits Infants   below the age of six months who drink water containing nitrate in excess of   the MCL could become seriously ill and, if untreated, may die. Symptoms   include shortness of breath and blue baby syndrome.


May 7, 2013 – Council Minutes

Wednesday, June 5th, 2013

May 7, 2013


Those Present:  Matt Argyle, Ada DeClark, Joe DeClark, Clerk Lynette Smith, Doug Thompson, Gary Thompson, Mayor Bob Van Cleave, Cynthia Reno, Mable Whitmore, Ferrell & Susan Dilworth, Spencer Dilworth, Stephen Waechtler, Anita Panko, Mark Johnson, Trenton Morrell, Tenille Roberts, Brett Lloyd, Jakob Simmons, Trae Smith, Austin Waechtler, Neiko Waechtler


Meeting called to order:  7:00 pm                            Invocation:  Council President Joe DeClark


The chair entertained a motion from councilmember Matt Argyle that the council accepts the published agenda.  Councilmember Joe DeClark seconded the motion.  All were in favor and the motion carried the council.


Minutes from the April 2, 2013, regular council meeting were read. The chair entertained a motion from councilmember Joe DeClark the council approve the minutes as read. Councilmember Ada DeClark seconded the motion.  All were in favor and the motion carried the council.


Brett Lloyd came before the council and proposed to build a fire pit in the City Park for his Eagle Scout Project. Kewitt will provide the rock and materials and he won’t be required to purchase a fire permit for the project. Councilmember Ada DeClark asked him to please install a tetherball in the City Park, at the City’s cost, also. Councilmember Matt Argyle made the motion to allow Brett to build and install a fire pit and tetherball in the City Park. Councilmember Ada DeClark seconded the motion. All were in favor and the motion carried the council.


Tenille Roberts, representing CenturyLink, came before the council to speak about the local benefits the fiber optic line will provide to our community. She stated that the project is backed by the Idaho Education Program and it will offer fiber optic internet speed to Georgetown Elementary School first and would eventually be available for residents. They already have their state permits to go along the highway from McCammon, through Soda Springs and to Montpelier. DigLine will mark along the highway and the contractor will be required to have performance bonds. The fiber optic line will run along the West side of the highway and the contractor will notify residents when they will be opening the ground in front of their properties to help them plan accordingly. They are hoping to be finished with the project by October and have the schools connected by late October or the beginning of November. CenturyLink and the contractor will be responsible for repairing any sink holes that occur from the installation. Councilmember Joe DeClark made the motion to sign the permit with the agreement being changed to state that the contractor/CenturyLink will be responsible for replacing any sink holes a minimum of two (2) years following the installation. Gary Thompson seconded the motion. All were in favor and the motion carried the council.


Cynthia Reno came before the council and presented some pictures and news articles of spontaneous fires. She is concerned about there being a fire hazard at various locations around the city, but she is mostly concerned about her neighbors residence located at 364 Main St, because there are weeds that are never watered and lots of metal scraps around. She is grateful for the City’s help with the awful odor that was exuding from the property and she would like some help with educating the public about keeping their properties taken care of.


The Dilworth’s came and spoke about the pile up of miscellaneous items on his property and explained that they are coolers that Jim Ahrens had acquired from Broulim’s; he ran out of room on his property so Ferrell let him put some on his property also. The weather hasn’t permitted them to get what they needed out of the coolers before getting rid of the items. He says the issue will be resolved in the next couple weeks.


Trenton Morrell came before the council and would like to be issued a building permit to put in a new home behind his existing home on Stringtown Ln. Doug has inspected the property and measured from the center of the street to the home to make sure the proper setbacks have been met. The home will be partially within City limits and he would like to be hooked up to the City’s water and sewer systems. Hadley and Jessica Wright have also applied for a building permit to put in a new home on West Street. The council approved both building permits.


Keller Associates sent a letter updating the council on the progress that has been made within the last month of the wastewater project. The bids will begin on May 23rd at noon in the City Hall. Bids will be accepted until June 7th at noon. After the bidding has closed, the bids will be opened on June 7th at City Hall and Mayor Bob would like to also have Joe and Doug there to help decide on whom the bid should be awarded to.


Councilmember Matt Argyle would like the council to consider putting a new garage door on the City shop, sometime before winter. Doug is to measure the doors and get a bid for it before the next meeting.


Councilmember Ada DeClark is going to get some help from more Eagle Scouts to mark the corners for the mulch to be put in place and adding a concrete barrier. The City will pay for the concrete and the landscape fabric. She hopes to have it all finished by the end of May. The 2nd Ward had a ward party and cleaned up around the City also.


Police Report:   Officer Skinner has returned to work and has made 29 contacts for the month of April.


Maintenance report:   Doug Thompson gave his report for the month of April stating that he was able to get a few water bills caught up, marked for DigLine, helped Trenton Morrell disconnect and reconnect to his existing home, turned water on at 3 locations and his water samples were good. There was a water leak in town and he was able to repair it. He tested sewer samples, sent his EPA letter and helped with cleanup. John Howard called and where his septic tank was, the ground had collapsed, so he helped him backfill it. Todd Transtrum from Bear Lake County came and talked about the topsoil and said that they are interested in it; they just need to figure out how to get it hauled. He plowed Stringtown and the canyon once more and purchased a stainless steel sander. He sent out dog tag late notices, did some maintenance on the vehicles and dug one grave.


Office Report:   Clerk Smith reported that there are 8 delinquent water and sewer accounts for the month of April. The Bear Lake County Regional Commission would like to use City Hall to hold a meeting on May 15th to get input from Georgetown and Bennington residents on their feelings of the County Ordinance requiring a minimum of 40 acres to build a home. They will do all advertising for the meeting; if there is one. Stan Prescott called and would like to know if his niece, Susan Thomson, could be buried in the same plot as one of her parents. She will be cremated and her parents have been cremated also. The council said that would be fine, but she will pay the $500.00 fee for a grave opening for non-residents.


The chair entertained a motion from councilmember Ada DeClark the council approve checks and vouchers for the month of April 2013 in the amount of $11,563.83 in the general fund,  $7,725.88 in the water fund, $31,397.34 in the sewer fund with all funds totaling $50,687.05. Councilmember Matt Argyle seconded the motion. All were in favor and the motion carried the council.


The chair entertained a motion from councilmember Ada DeClark that the council adjourn from the May 2013 council meeting at 8:30 pm. Councilmember Gary Thompson seconded the motion. All were in favor and the motion carried the council.


Respectfully submitted,


Lynette Smith, City Clerk