- Plainfield Water Works 2008 Consumer Confidence Report
- Why Am I Receiving This Report?
- In order to ensure that tap water is
safe to drink, the Indiana Department of Environmental Management
(IDEM) and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) prescribe
regulations that limit the amount of certain contaminants in water
provided by public water systems. Federal Drug Administration (FDA)
regulations establish limits for contaminants in bottled water that must
provide the same protection for public health. Per 327 IAC 8-2.1 of the
Indiana Administrative Code, the Plainfield Water Works is required to
provide an annual Consumer Confidence Report which informs you, the
customer, about the quality of your drinking water.
- Who We Are -
- The Plainfield Water Works (Public Water Supply Identification Number
(PWSID) 5232020) provides water service to approximately 7,000 customers from a
total of four water treatment plants and 6 ground water wells. The Plainfield Water
Works system is capable of producing approximately 9.5 million gallons of treated
drinking water each day. The drinking water treatment begins with aerating and
chlorinating the well water, which oxidizes the naturally occurring iron and manganese
contained in the ground water. Oxidized iron and manganese is then removed by
pressure filtration, and the filtered water is chlorinated in order to maintain a residual
level of disinfectant throughout the Town’s distribution system. Fluoride is also added
to the finished drinking water prior to entering the distribution system, along with
polyphosphate which minimizes corrosion within the Town’s piping system and staining
sinks and tubs in your homes and businesses.
- What Are Some Of The Sources Of Drinking Water?
- Microbial contaminants, such as viruses and bacteria, may come from sewage treatment plants, septic systems,
agricultural livestock operations, and wildlife.
- Inorganic contaminants, such as salts and metals, can be naturally-occurring or result from urban stormwater
run-off, industrial or domestic wastewater discharges, oil and gas production, mining, or farming.
- Pesticides and herbicides may come from a variety of sources, such as agriculture, urban stormwater run-off,
and residential uses.
- Organic chemical contaminants, including synthetic and volatile organic chemicals, are byproducts of industrial
processes and petroleum production, and can also come from gas stations, urban stormwater run-off, and
- Radioactive contaminants can be naturally-occurring or be the result of oil and gas production and mining
- How Can I Learn More?
- Public Town Council meetings are typically held on the second and fourth Mondays of
each month beginning at 7:30pm. Council meetings are held in the Council Chambers located at 206 West Main
Street. Also, you can contact the Town’s Utility Manager by calling 839-3490 during regular business hours.
- 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.
- Action Level (AL):
- The concentration of a contaminant that, if exceeded, triggers treatment or other requirements that a water system shall follow.
- Total Trihalomethanes (TTHM):
- TTHM's are the sum of the concentrations of
bromodichloromethane, dibromochloromethane, tribromomethane (bromoform), and
- Treatment Technique:
- A required process intended to reduce the level of a contaminant in drinking water.
- What About Lead In Our Drinking Water?
- Infants and young children are typically more vulnerable to lead in drinking water
than the general population. It is possible that lead levels at your home may be higher than at other homes in the community as a
result of materials used in your home’s plumbing. If you are concerned about elevated lead levels in your home’s water, you may
wish to have your water tested and flush your tap for thirty (30) seconds to two (2) minutes before using tap water. Additional
information is available from the Safe Drinking Water Hotline at (800) 426-4791.
- What About Bottled Water?
- 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 the 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 (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. U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and Centers for
Disease Control 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 (800) 426-4791.