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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 Cryptosporidium.
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




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