07-27-2017 Mixed test results for Tri-Cities municipal water systems;

Mixed test results for Tri-Cities municipal water systems

By Kristy Noack

Water quality reports are issued by cities annually and reflect how prevalent – or not – contaminants are within the water.

The water quality reports measure the levels of lead, arsenic, copper, and other possible contaminants in the water sources that supply each municipality. Each report gives the level of that specific contaminant detected in the water, as well as the maximum containment level (MCL), which is the highest level allowed in drinking water.

Additionally, the State of Michigan has performed an assessment of each community’s drinking water source which is deemed a Community Public Water Supply (CPWS).

A Type I CPWS means the source provides year-round water service to at least 25 residents or more than 15 residential units. Typically, all apartments, nursing homes, mobile home parks, and municipalities are a Type 1 CPWS, according to the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality.

There are four additional types of water supplies. Type II is a Nontransient, Noncommunity Public Water Supply, which means the source serves at least 25 of the same people at least six months of a year. Types of this public water supply would be a school, industry such as manufacturing plant or industrial site, and individual companies.

Type II Transient Noncommunity Public Water Supply sites are indicative of restaurants with less than 25 people or campgrounds.  For this designation, a place must serve at least 25 people or have a minimum of 15 connections for 60 days a year.

Type III Public Water Supply sites are generally duplexes or small apartment complexes. Water Supply sites that are not considered Type I or Type II, serve fewer than 25 people and 15 connections or operate less than 60 days a year are categorized as Type III.

The final designation of a Community Public Water Supply is Private Water Supply. A private supply serves one living unit and is typically a single-family home.

Coloma, Hartford, and Watervliet are Type I Community Public Water Supply sites.

The State of Michigan assesses source water and provides a rating detailing to what level the source water could be contaminated. All reports advise that the rating is not an indicator that the water supply will become contaminated, just an explanation of possible threats to the system. Michigan uses a seven-level assessment for susceptibility. The lowest level is “very low,” while the highest is “very high.”

According to the United States Geological Survey, a division of the United States Department of the Interior, almost 71% of the surface of the Earth is covered by water. Oceans hold almost 97% percent of the Earth’s water.

Additionally, water can be found in rivers, lakes, glaciers, ponds, reservoirs, and steam or vapor.

The USGS reported that the United States used almost 275 billion gallons of surface water every day in 2010.  In addition, 79 billion gallons of groundwater were used per day.

Surface water is the fluid on the surface of the earth and is found in oceans and rivers. Groundwater is the water located below the surface of the Earth.

Coloma city receives its water from four groundwater wells. The State of Michigan assessed Coloma’s source water is “moderately” susceptible to contamination.

Hartford residents are served by three groundwater wells that are filled by the Paw Paw River aquifer. However, when the State of Michigan reviewed the water source in 2003, the city was served by only two wells.  The source water ranking for those wells were deemed “high” susceptibility for contaminants.

Watervliet’s source water is received from four underground wells that draw from the Paw Paw Lake watershed.  Three wells were given a “moderately” susceptible rating, while one well received a “high” susceptibility rating.

It is important to note that there is contamination in the ground no matter your location.

Southwest Michigan is a heavily agricultural area, and contaminants are found naturally in the soil. For example, low levels of arsenic are found in apples, and the local area is filled with orchards and farmland.

The Center for Disease Control and Environmental Protection Agency has set 10 parts per billion (ppb) as the highest level of arsenic allowed in water source testing.

Coloma’s highest level of arsenic detected in their source water was 4 ppb. Hartford had an arsenic level range between not detected and 10. Watervliet’s level of detection of arsenic ranged between 0 and 6.

Other contaminants, such as lead and copper are also naturally occurring minerals. Copper can be found in the Earth’s crust as well as a home’s plumbing. Lead is also a naturally occurring metal in the earth. However, lead as a contaminant is more often found in the disintegration of lead pipes that make up a home’s network of plumbing.

Communities must also test their water sources for lead. The CDC and EPA have set 15 parts per billion (ppb) as the highest level of lead contamination allowed in drinking water.

Coloma’s water quality report shows a level of 0 for 90% of the water sampled in 2015. Hartford also completed lead monitoring in 2015 and, per their quality statement available online, “was successfully done with no violations.” A level was not provided with the report.

Watervliet’s 90% sampled waters in 2015 were equal to or below 1 ppb, far below the 15 ppb level considered allowable.

It is recommended by the EPA and individual communities that individuals can minimize their possible lead exposure by investigating whether their home has lead pipes that carry the water throughout. If lead pipes are present, officials recommend running the water for at least 30 seconds before using the water for cooking or hydration.

If you are concerned about contamination levels in your water, testing is available. For more information on Michigan’s Safe Drinking Water Act, an offshoot of the United States Federal Safe Drinking Act is available online at Michigan.gov/deq. You will find information about sampling guides, certified testing laboratories, and additional helpful topics.

Water quality reports are available for review at the Coloma, Hartford, and Watervliet City Halls or Public Works offices.

A real “Fair” week for Van Buren County Youth

By Jon Bisnett

Longtime staffers and vendors alike were hard pressed to recall the last time the Van Buren Youth Fair enjoyed an entire week with barely so much as a drop of rain despite a gloomy forecast leading into fair week. Though temperatures did sneak up into the nineties for a couple days, the week-long event dodged the usual blast of a July thunderstorm that sends fairgoers running for cover or worse yet – sends them home.

GOING AIRBORNE… The Michigan Monster Truck Shoo-tout brought its show to the Van Buren Youth Fair last Wednesday, July 19. A total of six monster trucks dazzled the crowd as the big trucks smashed vehicles. Following the show, the audience had a chance to meet the drivers, get their auto-graphs and take photos. (Contributed photo by Paul Garrod)

Hunter Ackerman, Mr. Blossomtime 2017, of Hartford spent most of Wednesday greeting the attendees of “Kids Day” was quoted as saying, “People should come out to the fair to see all the cool animals, ride the cool rides and meet a whole lot of fun people.”

The annual event dates all the way back to 1851, which was then held at the courthouse square in Paw Paw. The current fair site on the corner of County Road 681 and Red Arrow Highway first brought crowds to Hartford in 1970.

GRAND CHAMPION BEEF… Anya Butler, a member of the Shamrock Shakers 4-H Club, is shown with her grand champion beef, Poundcake, who weighed 1,244 pounds. The animal was bought for $4 a pound, or a total of $3,976, at the 2017 Van Buren Youth Fair Livestock Auction by Munn Farms. Butler is shown with Billie Jean Munn. Butler also showed the reserve grand champion beef, which was purchased by Quality As-sured Plastics, Lawrence, for $3 a pound or a total of $4,158. (Contributed photo by Paul Garrod)


The Tri-City Record thanks the Michigan State University Extension Office for providing data on the judging of awards. Recognizing the efforts put forth by tons of youth from all over Van Buren County; with Hartford’s Rylee Reinhardt running the table in several classes. Following is the list of local Tri-City award recipients.

Horse Awards Showmanship:

Junior Versatility (10-14)

Rylee Reinhardt

Young Explorers – Hartford

English & Dressage

Jr. Saddle Seat Equitation

Rylee Reinhardt

Young Explorers – Hartford

Junior Hunt Seat Equitation

Rylee Reinhardt

Young Explorers – Hartford

Western Horse – Pony

Jr. Western Horsemanship

Rylee Reinhardt

Young Explorers – Hartford

Best of Show Award

Eleana Romeo – Draft Horse Notebook Open Class – Hartford

Grand Champion

Adult Mare-Draft Horse/Mule

Tina Streeter – Hartford

Grand Champion Fancy Rabbit

Jaidyn White – Geneva Wrens – Coloma

Youth Draft Horse

Junior Showman

Eleana Romeo Open Class – Hartford

Young Showman

Pee Wee Showman

Emma Devine – Open Class – Hartford

Cart – (9-13)

Eleana Romeo – Open Class – Hartford

Cart – (14-19)

Lance Morgan – Open Class – Hartford

Horse Hitch (9-13)

Eleana Romeo – Open Class – Hartford

2 Horse Hitch – (14-19)

Lance Romeo – Open Class – Hartford

Pee Wee Showman-Cavies

Jaidyn White – Geneva Wrens – Coloma

Merit Awards:

Swine Evaluation Project

Gracie Eagle

Farm, Friends & Family – Watervliet

Total receipts for the 2017 Livestock Auction were $ $299,735.45.

As the carnival rides are packed to travel to the next town, the 62nd edition of the Van Buren County Youth Fair goes into the books following a week of reasonable weather with solid attendance making it all go a bit easier as even now the volunteers who work behind the scenes start planning for 2018.

Visit www.vanburencountyyouthfair.com for more fair information.

Coloma’s Glad-Peach Festival is coming up; festival-goers can expect some changes

By Christina Gelder

This year has been a challenging one for the Glad-Peach Board and Committee. It is the 50th year of the festival and plans to make it the best year yet have been underway for many months. Some changes have come about though. Regulars to the festival may need a little help finding things this year.

First of all, the carnival is back to being a full carnival with larger rides and more food options. It will be moved to the parking lot off of W. Logan Street, behind The Friendly Tavern. There will still be smaller rides for younger children on Badt Drive this year as well. Bounce houses and food vendors will be stationed behind Edgewater Bank.

The showcase stage will be right on Paw Paw Street this year, across from Family Dollar. There will be several fun shows there, including The Undertakers on Saturday night. They will be playing instead of the acts listed in the brochure.

As always, in addition to the published events list there are other fun opportunities around town. Easy Street Inn will be hosting their beer tent this year. The American Legion will also be hosting their Glad-Peach party on Friday and Saturday nights with a steak fry on Saturday.

Sunday’s Community Worship Service on the main stage has a special speaker lined up. Dave McIntrye, a former missionary and winner of the History Channel’s Alone series. There will also be music from The Freshwater Band, Ron Van Lente and the Sonlights.

Brochures with a complete schedule and locations can be found around town. Anyone interested in joining the youth parade or Saturday’s festival parade can find information and applications at the Coloma City Hall.


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