The City of Brazil is letting customers know about the quality of their water.
The Brazil City Water Works Department recently released its 2009 Consumer Confidence Report, which outlines the quality and contaminant levels in the city's drinking water supply.
Brazil City Water Superintendent Jake Raubuch told The Brazil Times contaminants found in the water supply during the past year or so have all been naturally occurring.
"We had a good year with none of the synthetic or organic compounds being detected in the water," Raubuch said. "The majority of the contaminants found were from by products of disinfecting the water supply, erosion of natural deposits or the corrosion of household plumbing systems."
Despite numerous line breaks and the subsequent boil orders in 2008-09, the quality of drinking water was not significantly affected as none of the contaminant levels were in violation of Indiana Department of Environmental Management (IDEM) standards.
The contaminant which was closest to being in possible violation was lead, which had a level of 0.0149 mg/L, just less than the Action Level of 0.015. The Action Level is a guide to determine whether the concentration of a contaminant requires the water supply to be treated.
"We have been fortunate because the lead and copper levels have never been above the level which would make it unsafe," Raubuch said.
The report does show one Microbiological Contaminant violation, stating a single sample tested positive for traces of E-Coli on July 15, 2008, but follow-up samples were shown to be clear of the contaminant.
"In summer, it is not unusual to have one of our normal test samples come back unsatisfactory with the heat helping build the bacteria levels," Raubuch said. "In this situation, like all others, we tested samples at the site again, as well as upstream and downstream, as required by IDEM, which all returned satisfactory."
With the city beginning to set out plans to upgrade and improve the current water system, which is aging, Raubuch said the reports in the upcoming years should improve as well.
"Anytime you upgrade a water system with new pipes or a new tower, it will improve the quality of the drinking water," he said. "Plus, with the system being upgraded, the water pressure should get better in the next few years."
Raubuch encourages residents and water customers to contact him with any questions or concerns with the report. He can be reached at the Water Treatment Plant by calling 448-1700.