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Consumer Confidence Reports


Safe Drinking Water is a concern for everybody in the United States and around the world. Drinking water must be protected, preserved, and conserved. Only 1% of the water on Earth is fresh water, and therefore, drinkable.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (U.S. EPA), and the State of Washington government agencies, and your Summit Water are making significant efforts to inform you about your drinking water.

The Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA) was developed and became law in December 1974. The SDWA was amended in 1986 to include regulating 25 new contaminants every 3 years. As a result of these 1986 amendments and the Citizens Right-To-Know Initiative the Consumer Confidence Reports (CCRs) became a requirement in the 1996 SDWA amendments.

Beginning in October, 1999, we at Summit Water were required by federal and state regulations to provide you with a CCR. 

Annually you must receive a CCR by July 1st. The CCR is similar to a nutrition label for water. Summit Water is required to report the following:


Source of your drinking water (Common Name, including whether it is surface water, ground water, or a combination of both)
Susceptibility to contamination based on Source Water Assessments (SWA)
Likely sources of contamination that may effect your water source) How to obtain a copy of the SWA ? (Your can obtain a copy of the SWA from your state government agency in 2003).
Likely source and potential health effects to you if contaminant(s) are detected (Health effects language is required to explain the effects of the contaminant(s).
Education statement for vulnerable populations (HIV, immune deficient patients) about avoiding Cryptospordium.
Information is required on nitrate, arsenic, and lead if detected above 50% of EPA's standards.
Compliance information about other state and federal drinking water requirements.
Safe Drinking Water Hotline Number 1-800-426-4791


Summit Water delivers the CCRs to you, through the mail, public postings, and beginning in 2001 posting a copy on the Internet. Additional copies may be obtained at the Company office, or downloading from the Company website. If you would like additional information on the SDWA and/or more information on the purpose and materials which are to be addressed in the CCR, please contact the Safe Drinking Water Hotline at 1-800-426-4791.






Fire hydrants shall not be used for any purpose for other than what is stated in the referenced section of the Uniform Fire Code. Therefore, no water shall be withdrawn from any fire hydrant for construction purposes, roadway cleaning or parking lot sweeping, or any non-fire protection purpose, other than flushing of mains by Summit Water personnel.

The use of potable water for the parking lot, street sweeping, construction purposes, etc., shall be allowed, when and where available, only when the Manager has determined there is adequate supply available, that there is no adverse effect on water quality, and the use conforms to the best use of the resource.



Blow Off Assembly - Used for flushing a water main, or on high elevation point of the water main system, used to relieve air from the water main. New installations are placed in the meter box, to improve protection and make it less visible.

Flushing from a hydrant, also for performing hydrant flow.

The location of withdrawal for non-fire use shall be established by the Company, with proper valves, caps and other appliances as deemed necessary by the Company. All water withdrawals shall be in conformance with the protection of surface water as required by Pierce County Ordinance 96-46S2, Chapter 18C.10.

Before commencing such usage, a request shall be made to the Company and a cash payment shall be made in the amount established by the Board of Directors as a use charge. An account shall be established, and a deposit of funds placed for the estimated volume of water to be used for the project, at a rate to be established by the Board of Directors. All use shall be metered, and if it is determined by the Manager to meter is impractical, a charge shall be fixed by the Manager.

When water service is supplied, for any purpose other than fire fighting, a charge shall be made which reflects the full cost of providing said service and encourages the conservation of the resource for the best use of our members.


Permit, fees and charges:

A permit must be obtained prior to the use of any approved connection to the Company system. The proposed use must be disclosed at the time of the permit application. The Manager shall determine what type of backflow protection must be provided. Any direct connection must be authorized by the Company and be operated by trained personnel in accordance with established water industry practices. Direct use of water main connections, such as a blow-off shall not be used for filling swimming pools.

If the contractor or customer refuses to pay the invoiced amount, the Manager shall cause the water service, to the benefited premises, to be discontinued until full payment is received.

A penalty, of an amount established by the Board of Directors, shall be levied for unauthorized use of the Company water, and the Manager shall cause the water service to the benefited premises or the business location of the unauthorized taker of the water to be discontinued until the payment for all fees, charges and penalties are received in full by the Company. SEC710r

Protect Our Water !

The following is an eMail received from Pierce County Public Works.

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Water in our streams and rivers head to lakes and oceans and perk into the ground down through the many layers of soil and into underground lakes known as aquifers. Pollution in these waters will make their way to our faucets too. Rain water washes these polluting materials into these water courses as well as perking into soils.


From:    PIERCE_COUNTY@co.pierce.wa.us

Sent: Tue, Nov 17, 2009 3:56 pm
Subject: New Web site shows where the storm water goes

Nov. 17, 2009



When the rain lands on your roof or driveway, you can hear it run through the gutter or watch it run down the street.


You might be surprised to see where it goes next. And that knowledge could encourage Pierce County residents to better understand how their daily actions impact our local waterways.


Using innovative GIS technology, Pierce County has launched a Web site that enables residents to choose an address on a map and track the flow of water as it leaves their property. This water, called stormwater, picks up pollutants such as yard chemicals, pet waste and car oil leaks as it flows over our yards, driveways and streets.


The site, called Where Does the Water Go?, is among new or enhanced online tools that Pierce County operates for the public to better understand the environment around them. The County is unveiling the sites in coordination with GIS Day 2009, a global event that highlights the benefits of global information systems to address planning, emergency and environmental issues.


The stormwater site, found at http://matterhorn11.co.pierce.wa.us/waterflow/, enables users to pinpoint an address or location on a map, and then GIS technology calculates the direction and flow of stormwater based on topography. It traces the water's path as it flows to ditches, ponds, lakes, streams, rivers and Puget Sound.


"By better understanding where stormwater runoff goes, Pierce County residents can help prevent water pollution, flooding and other impacts to our local waterways," said Pierce County Executive Pat McCarthy. "This is a great resource for us all to see how our daily activities affect the natural resources that make this such a wonderful place to live, work and play."


The stormwater site is just the latest example of Pierce County's use of GIS technology on behalf of its residents.


The County's Public GIS site, found at http://matterhorn.co.pierce.wa.us/publicgis/presentation/map.cfm?Cmd=INIT, has been enhanced to include aerial photographs that are adjusted for topography, lens distortion and camera tilt to provide a more accurate representation of the Earth's surface. Known as orthophotos, these resources provide students, businesses and the general public with greater detail about physical features in their communities.


The County's GIS Division Web site has been improved to showcase new GIS projects and upcoming activities throughout the region. It also provides links to many of the most-used Pierce County Web sites that feature GIS and mapping. 


"Pierce County is a leader among governments in using GIS technology to improve services to its citizens," said Linda Gerull, interim director of the Information Technology Department. "More than 100 clients subscribe to our pay services, including cities, engineering firms and government agencies. GIS Day is a great opportunity for the public to see real-world applications of this technology."


These Web sites are launched today by Pierce County in recognition of International GIS Day, celebrated worldwide on Nov. 18. It began in 1999 and is held each year on the Wednesday of National Geographic Society's Geography Awareness Week. A GIS is a computer-based mapping tool that takes information from a database about a location, such as streets, buildings, water features, and terrain, and turns it into visual layers. The ability to see geographic features on a map gives users a better understanding of a particular location, enabling planners, analysts, and others to make informed decisions about their communities.


GIS Day is principally sponsored by the National Geographic Society, the Association of American Geographers, the University Consortium for Geographic Information Science, the United State Geological Survey, and the Library of Congress. More information is available at www.gisday.com.

Contact: Teresa Lewis, Surface Water Management outreach coordinator, 253-798-2480; or Linda Gerull,  Information Technology director, 253-798-4923




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