New public notices published in the issue of April 23, 2012
City of Cokato2011 Drinking Water Report
The City of Cokatois issuing the results of monitoring done on its drinking water for the period from January 1 to December 31, 2011. The purpose of this report is to advance consumers’ understanding of drinking water and heighten awareness of the need to protect precious water resources. A copy is available upon request at City Hall 3202752454
Source of Water
The City of Cokato provides drinking water to its residents from a groundwater source: three wells ranging from 125 to 139 feet deep, that draw water from the Quaternary Buried Artesian aquifer.
The water provided to customers may meet drinking water standards, but the Minnesota Department of Health has also made a determination as to how vulnerable the source of water may be to future contamination incidents. If you wish to obtain the entire source water assessment regarding your drinking water, please call 651-201-4700 or 1-800-818-9318 (and press 5) during normal business hours. Also, you can view it on line at www.health.state.mn.us/divs/eh/water/swp/swa.
Call 3202862327 if you have questions about the City of Cokato drinking water or would like information about opportunities for public participation in decisions that may affect the quality of the water.
Results of Monitoring
No contaminants were detected at levels that violated federal drinking water standards. However, some contaminants were detected in trace amounts that were below legal limits. The table that follows shows the contaminants that were detected in trace amounts last year. (Some contaminants are sampled less frequently than once a year, as a result, not all contaminants were sampled for in 2011. If any of these contaminants were detected the last time they were sampled for, they are included in the table along with the date that the detection occurred.)
Key to abbreviations.
MCLGMaximum Contaminant Level Goal: 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.
MCLMaximum Contaminant Level: 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.
MRDLMaximum Residual Disinfectant Level.
MRDLGMaximum Residual Disinfectant Level Goal.
ALAction Level The concentration of a contaminant which, if exceeded, triggers treatment or other requirement which a water system must follow.
90th Percentile LevelThis is the value obtained after disregarding 10 percent of the samples taken that had the highest levels. (For example, in a situation in which 10 samples were taken, the 90th percentile level is determined by disregarding the highest result, which represents 10 percent of the samples.) Note: In situations in which only 5 samples are taken, the average of the two with the highest levels is taken to determine the 90th percentile level.
ppmParts per million, which can also be expressed as milligrams per liter (mg/1).
ppbParts per billion, which can also be expressed as micrograms per liter (µg/1).
N/ANot Applicable (does not apply).
Contaminant (units) MCLG MCL Level Found Typical Source of Contaminant
Range (2011) Average /Result*
Arsenic(ppb) 0 10 N/A 6.54 Erosion of natural deposits; Runoff from orchards; Runoff from glass and electronics production wastes
Fluoride (ppm) 4 4 1.1-1.3 1.23 State of Minnesota requires all municipal water systems to add fluoride to the drinking water to promote strong teeth, Erosion of natural deposits; Discharge from fertilizer and aluminum factories.
Haloacetic Acids (HAA5) (ppb) (09/13/2010) 0 60 N/A 1.6 By-product of drinking water disinfection.
Nitrate (as Nitrogen) (ppm) 10.4 10.4 N/A .36 Runoff from fertilizer use; Leaching from septic tanks, sewage; Erosion of natural deposits.
TTHM (Total trihalomethanes) (ppb) (09/13/2010) 0 80 N/A 1.9 Byproduct of drinking water disinfection.
*This is the value used to determine compliance with federal standards. It sometimes is the highest value detected and sometimes is an average of all the detected values. If it is an average, it may contain sampling results from the previous year.
While your drinking water meets EPA’s standard for arsenic, it does contain low levels of arsenic. EPA’s standard balances the current understanding of arsenic’s possible health effects against the costs of removing arsenic from drinking water. EPA continues to research the health effects of low levels of arsenic, which is a mineral known to cause cancer in humans at high concentrations and is linked to other health effects such as skin damage and circulatory problems.
Contaminant (units) MRDLG MRDL **** ***** Typical Source of Contaminant
Chlorine (ppm) 4 4 .01-1.48 .42 Water additive used to control microbes.
**Highest and Lowest Monthly Average. *****Highest Quarterly Average.
Contaminant (units) MCLG AL 90% Level # sites over AL Typical Source of Contaminant
Copper (ppm) 1.3 1.3 .95 1 out of 10 Corrosion of household plumbing systems; Erosion of natural deposits.
Lead (ppb) 0 15 4.2 0 out of 10 Corrosion of household plumbing systems; Erosion of natural deposits.
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. City of Cokato 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 hftp://www.epa.gov/safewater/lead.
Some contaminants do not have Maximum Contaminant Levels established for them. These unregulated contaminants are assessed using state standards known as health risk limits to determine if they pose a threat to human health. If unacceptable levels of an unregulated contaminant are found, the response is the same as if an MCL has been exceeded; the water system must inform its customers and take other corrective actions. In the table that follows are the unregulated contaminants that were detected:
Contaminant (units) Level Found Typical Source of Contaminant
Range (2011) Average/ Result
Sodium (ppm) (05/07/2009) N/A 19 Erosion of natural deposits.
Sulfate (ppm) (05/07/2009) N/A 23.7 Erosion of natural deposits.
pliance with National Primary Drinking Water Regulations
The sources of drinking water (both tap water and bottled water) include rivers, lakes, streams, ponds, reservoirs, springs, and wells. As water travels over the surface of the land or through the ground, it dissolves naturallyoccurring minerals and, in some cases, radioactive material, and can pick up substances resulting from the presence of animals or from human activity.
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 naturallyoccurring 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 byproducts of industrial processes and petroleum production, and can also come from gas stations, urban stormwater runoff, and septic systems.
Radioactive contaminants, which can be naturallyoccurring or be the result of oil and gas production and mining activities.
In order to ensure that tap water is safe to drink, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) prescribes regulations which limit the amount of certain contaminants in water provided by public water systems. Food and Drug Administration regulations establish limits for contaminants in bottled water which must provide the same protection for public health.
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 18004264791.
Some people may be more vulnerable to contaminants in drinking water than the general population. Immunocompromised 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 at 18004264791.
Published in the Enterprise Dispatch April 23, 2012.
GENERAL NOTICETO CONTROL OR ERADICATE NOXIOUS WEEDS
Notice Is Hereby given this 1st day of May 2012, pursuant to Minnesota Statutes, section 18.83, subd. 7, (1992), that all persons in Meeker County, Minnesota shall control or eradicate all noxious weeds on land they own, occupy or are required to maintain. Control or eradication may be accomplished by any lawful method but the methods may need to be repeated in order to prevent the spread of viable noxious weed seeds and other propagating parts to other lands. Failure to comply with the general notice may mean that an individual notice will be issued. An individual notice may be appealed within three working days of receipt to the weed committee in the county where the land is located. Failure to comply with the individual notice will mean that the inspector having jurisdiction may either hire the work done or seek a misdemeanor charge against the person(s) who failed to comply. If the work is hired done by the inspector, the cost can be placed as a tax upon the land and collected as other real estate taxes are collected. You may obtain a list of the plants that are designated noxious and the members of the weed committee from your County Agricultural Inspector or Local Weed Inspector. The Local Weed Inspectors are township supervisors, city mayors, or their appointed assistants.
Meeker County Agricultural
320-693-7287 ext. 3
Published in the Enterprise Dispatch April 23, 2012.
DASSEL TOWNSHIPNOTICE OF meeting TIME CHANGE
Notice is hereby given that the time of the regular Dassel Township meeting has been changed from 1:30 p.m. to 10:00 a.m. for the summer months starting in May 2012.The meetings will continue to be held on the second Tuesday of every month at the Dassel Area History Center building.
Dassel Township Clerk
Published in the Enterprise Dispatch April 23, and 30, 2012.t
ypPUBLIC NOTICECity of Dassel Hearing to Consider Franchise Renewal by Ordinance
The Dassel City Council will conduct a public hearing for consideration of a renewal of Franchise agreements for Electric and Natural Gas services. Such hearing shall be conducted at 7:00 pm on Monday, May 7th, 2012 at the Dassel City Hall.
All interested parties are encouraged to attend the meeting if they wish to be heard. A copy of the proposed franchise agreements are available at the office of the Dassel City Clerk for review.
This public hearing is duly called by order of the Dassel City Council.
Myles Mc Grath
City of Dassel
Published in the Enterprise Dispatch April 23, and 30, 2012.
Dust control for Cokato Township Residents
Dust coating is again available for dust control on gravel roads. The cost will be $.87/ft for new application (or full rate). Repeat application is $.058/ft. Both ends of desired footage must be staked! Send payment with footage desired (indicate whether it is new or repeat application). Payment must be postmarked by May 18th to receive dust coating in 2012. Mail to:
14987 - 30th St. SW
Cokato, MN 55321
Call (320) 286-2051 with any questions.
Published in the Enterprise Dispatch April 23, and 30, 2012.