Curran-Gardner Townships Public Water District
2004 CCR
2004 CCR.pdf




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Annual Drinking Water Quality Report  


For the period of January 1 to December 31,2004

This report is intended to provide you with important information about your drinking water and the efforts made by the CURRAN-GARDNER TOWNSHIP PWD water system to provide safe drinking water.  The source of drinking water used by CURRAN-GARDNER TONSHIP PWD is Ground.  For more information regarding this report, contact:  Luke Roy @ (217) 971-4272. 

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We want our Customers to be informed about the quality of water they drink.  Our board meets the second Tuesday of each month.  Our monthly meeting’s are held at the Curran Township Building at 7:30 p.m. unless otherwise noted by public notice within 48 hours of meeting time.  You are welcome to attend.  This report will not be mailed out this year.  Copies may be obtained at the Curran-Gardner Water District Office on Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. located at 3382 Hazlett Road, Springfield, IL 62707.  You may call our office at (217) 546-3981 and request a copy if you like.  We also have a web site listed as  

Source of Drinking Water

The sources of drinking water (both tap water and bottled water) include rivers, lakes, steams, ponds, reservoirs, springs, and ground water 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 pickup substances resulting from the presence of animals or from human activity.  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 at (800) 426-4791.

Contaminants that may be present in source water 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 storm water 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 a agriculture, urban storm water runoff, industrial, or domestic wastewater discharges, oil and gas production, mining, or farming.

Radioactive contaminants, which 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 which limit the amount of certain contaminants in water provided by public water systems.  FDA regulations establish limits for contaminants in bottled water which must provide the same protection for public health.  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).

Source Water Assessment Availability.    

A source Water Assessment summary is included below for your convenience.

 To determine Curran-Gardner’s susceptibility to groundwater contamination, a Well Site Survey, published in 1989, was reviewed.  During the survey of the Curran-Gardner source water protection area, Illinois EPA staff recorded no potential sources, routes, or possible problem sites within the 400 foot minimum setback zone of the wells.  No potential sources or problem sites are located within the potential 1,000 foot maximum setback zone of the wells.

The Illinois EPA has determined that the Curran-Gardner wells are susceptible to VOC and SOC contamination.  This determination is based on a number of criteria including: monitoring conducted at the wells, monitoring conducted at the entry point to the distribution system, and the available hydrogeologic data on the wells.  The Illinois Environmental Protection Act established minimum protection zones of 400 feet for the Curran-Gardner active community water supply wells.  These minimum protection zones are regulated by the Illinois EPA.  A 5 –year recharge area for the active community wells was delineated.  This is the geographic area surrounding a well or well field providing potable water to a community water supply as modeled using computer software to determine a five-year time of travel.  From the community wells this recharge area extends a maximum of approximately 1,100 to 1,300 feet.

To further minimize the risk to the Curran-Gardner water supply, the Illinois EPA recommends four activities be assessed.  First, the supply may wish to petition the Curran-Gardner city council to enact a “maximum setback zone: ordinance.  These ordinances are authorized by the Illinois Environmental Protection Act and allow county and municipal officials the opportunity to provide additional protection up to 1,000 feet from their wells.  In addition, the Act has a provision that allows water supplies within 1,000 feet of a public water body to establish a maximum setback zone of 2,500 feet.  Second, Curran-Gardner may wish to revisit their contingency planning documents in order to ensure the plans are kept current and the water department and emergency response staff are aware of, and adequately trained to implement, emergency procedures.  Contingency planning documents are a primary means to ensure that, through emergency preparedness, a water supply will minimize their risk of being without safe and adequate water.  Third, it is encouraged that Curran-Gardner adopt a cross connection control ordinance or revisit their cross connection control ordinance to ensure that it is up to date.  Cross connections to either the water treatment plant (for example, at bulk water loading stations) or in the distribution system may negate all source water protection initiatives provided by the supply.  Finally, the Illinois EPA recommends that Curran-Gardner continue to evaluate additional source water protection management options to address the regulatory and non-regulatory land use activities within the community wells’ recharge area.  Specifically, these management options should include potential effects from non-point sources related to agricultural land uses.             

Regulated Contaminants Detected in 2004 (collected in 2004 unless noted)

Lead and Copper   Date Sampled: Jun – Sep 2003


Action Level (AL): The concentration of a contaminant, which, if exceeded, triggers treatment, or other requirements, which a water system must follow.

Action Level Goal (ALG): The level of a contaminant in drinking water below which there is no known or expected risk to health.  ALG’s allow for a margin of safety. 


Lead Action Level (AL)

Lead 90th Percentile

# Sites Over Lead AL

Copper MCLG

Copper Action Level (AL)

Copper 90th Percentile

# Sites Over Copper AL

Likely Source of Contamination

0 ppb

15 ppb

6 ppb


1.3 ppm

1.3 ppm

0.1 ppm


Corrosion of household plumbing systems; Erosion of natural deposits


Water Quality Test Results

  Definitions:  The following tables contain scientific terms and measures, some of which may require explanation.

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.

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.

mg/l: milligrams per litre or parts per million – or one ounce in 7,350 gallons of water

ug/l: micrograms per litre or parts per billion – or one ounce in 1,350,000 gallons of water

na:  not applicable

Av:  Regulatory compliance with some MCLs are based on running annual average of monthly samples

Maximum Residual Disinfectant Level (MRDL): The highest level of disinfectant allowed in drinking water.

Maximum Residual Disinfectant Level Goal (MRDLG): The level of disinfectant in drinking water below which there is no known or expected risk to health MRDLG’s allow for a margin of safety.


Regulated Contaminants

Highest Level Detected

Range of Levels Detected

Unit of Measurement








Likely Source of Contaminant

Disinfectants & Disinfection By-Products

TTHMs (Total Trihalomethanes)


1.6 – 31





By-product of drinking water chlorination

HAA5 (Total Haloacetic Acids)


5.4 – 7.1





By-product of drinking water chlorination

Inorganic Contaminants



.68 – 1.2





Erosion of natural deposits; Water additive which promotes strong teeth; Fertilizer and aluminum factories discharge.








Runoff from fertilizer use; leaching from septic tanks, sewage; erosion of natural deposits.

*MCL Statement: The maximum contaminant level (MCL) for TTHM and HAA5 is 80 ppb and 60 ppb respectively and is currently only applicable to surface water supplies that serve 10,000 or more people.  These MCLs will become effective 01-01-01-2004 for supplies and surface supplies serving less than 10,000 people.  Until 01-01-2004, surface water supplies serving less than 10,000 people, any size water supply that purchase from a surface water source, and groundwater supplies serving more than 10.000 a state imposed TTHM MCL of 100 ppb.  Some people who drink water containing trihalomethanes in excess of the MCL over many years experience problems with their livers, kidneys, or central nervous systems, and may have increased risk of getting cancer.          


Contact Information:
Curran-Gardner Townships Public Water District
3384 Hazlett Road
Springfield, IL 62707-2522
fax  546-0438
Operations Manager:
Wayne Nelson
Business Manager:
Cherril Graff
General Information:



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