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2020 Annual Drinking Water Quality Report
City of Aberdeen
PWS#:0480001
May 2021
We're pleased to present to you this year's Annual Quality Water Report. This report is designed to inform you about the quality water
and services we deliver to you every day. Our constant goal is to provide you with a safe and dependable supply of drinking water. We
want you to understand the efforts we make to continually improve the water treatment process and protect our water resources. We
are committed to providing you with information because informed customers are our best allies. Our water source is from wells
drawing from the Eutaw Aquifer.
The source water assessment has been completed for our public water system to determine the overall susceptibility of its drinking
water supply to identify potential sources of contamination. A report containing detailed information on how the susceptibility
determinations were made has been furnished to our public water system and is available for viewing upon request. The wells for the
City of Aberdeen have received moderate rankings in terms of susceptibility to contamination.
If you have any questions about this report or concerning your water utility, please contact Jason Robertson at 662.369.2881. We want
our valued customers to be informed about their water utility. If you want to learn more, please join us at any of our regularly scheduled
meetings. They are held on the first & third Tuesdays of the month at 5:00 PM at the City Hall.
We routinely monitor for contaminants in your drinking water according to Federal and State laws. This table below lists all of the
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drinking water contaminants that were detected during the period of January 1 to December 31 , 2020. In cases where monitoring
wasn’t required in 2020, the table reflects the most recent results. As water travels over the surface of land or underground, it dissolves
naturally occurring minerals and, in some cases, radioactive materials and can pick up substances or contaminants from the presence
of animals or from human activity; microbial contaminants, such as viruses and bacteria, that may come from sewage treatment plants,
septic systems, agricultural livestock operations, and wildlife; inorganic contaminants, such as salts and metals, which can be naturally
occurring or result from urban storm-water 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 storm-water runoff, and
residential uses; organic chemical contaminants, including synthetic and volatile organic chemicals, which are by-products of industrial
processes and petroleum production, and can also come from gas stations and septic systems; radioactive contaminants, which can
be naturally occurring or be the result of oil and gas production and mining activities. In order to ensure that tap water is safe to drink,
EPA prescribes regulations that limit the amount of certain contaminants in water provided by public water systems. All drinking water,
including bottled drinking water, may be reasonably expected to contain at least small amounts of some contaminants. It's important
to remember that the presence of these contaminants does not necessarily indicate that the water poses a health risk.
In this table you will find many terms and abbreviations you might not be familiar with. To help you better understand these terms we've
provided the following definitions:
Action Level - the concentration of a contaminant which, if exceeded, triggers treatment or other requirements which a water system must follow.
Maximum Contaminant Level (MCL) - The “Maximum Allowed” (MCL) is 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.
Maximum Contaminant Level Goal (MCLG) - The “Goal”(MCLG) is 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.
Maximum Residual Disinfectant Level (MRDL) – The highest level of a disinfectant allowed in drinking water. There is convincing evidence that addition
of a disinfectant is necessary to control microbial contaminants.
Maximum Residual Disinfectant Level Goal (MRDLG) – The level of a drinking water disinfectant below which there is no known or expected risk of
health. MRDLGs do not reflect the benefits of the use of disinfectants to control microbial contaminants.
Parts per million (ppm) or Milligrams per liter (mg/l) - one part per million corresponds to one minute in two years or a single penny in $10,000.
Parts per billion (ppb) or Micrograms per liter - one part per billion corresponds to one minute in 2,000 years, or a single penny in $10,000,000.
Picocuries per liter (pCi/L) - picocuries per liter is a measure of the radioactivity in water.

TEST RESULTS
Contaminant

Violation
Date
Y/N
Collected

Level Range of Detects or Unit MCLG
Detected
# of Samples
Measure
Exceeding
-ment
MCL/ACL/MRDL

MCL

Likely Source of
Contamination

Inorganic Contaminants
8. Arsenic

N

2020

1.3

No Range

ppb

n/a

10. Barium

N

2020

.0761

No Range

ppm

2

13. Chromium

N

2020

2.5

No Range

ppb

100

14. Copper

N

2016/18*

.3

0

ppm

1.3

16. Fluoride

N

2020

.21

.No Range

ppm

4

17. Lead

N

2016/18*

1

0

ppb

0

Sodium

N

2019*

76000

45000 - 76000

ppb

0

Disinfection By-Products
Chlorine

N

2020

.5

* Most recent sample. No sample required for 2020.

0 - .9

mg/l

0

10 Erosion of natural deposits; runoff
from orchards; runoff from glass
and electronics production wastes
2 Discharge of drilling wastes;
discharge from metal refineries;
erosion of natural deposits
100 Discharge from steel and pulp
mills; erosion of natural deposits
AL=1.3 Corrosion of household plumbing
systems; erosion of natural
deposits; leaching from wood
preservatives
4 Erosion of natural deposits; water
additive which promotes strong
teeth; discharge from fertilizer and
aluminum factories
AL=15 Corrosion of household plumbing
systems, erosion of natural
deposits
0 Road Salt, Water Treatment
Chemicals, Water Softeners and
Sewage Effluents.

MRDL = 4 Water additive used to control
microbes

As you can see by the table, our system had no violations. We’re proud that your drinking water meets or exceeds all Federal and
State requirements. We have learned through our monitoring and testing that some contaminants have been detected however the
EPA has determined that your water IS SAFE at these levels.
We are required to monitor your drinking water for specific contaminants on a monthly basis. Results of regular monitoring are an
indicator of whether or not our drinking water meets health standards. During August 2020, we did not complete all monitoring or
testing for bacteriological and Chlorine contaminants and therefore cannot be sure of the quality of our drinking water during that time.
We were required to take 7 samples and took 6. We have since taken the required sample that showed we are meeting drinking water
standards.
If 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. Our water system 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 http://www.epa.gov/safewater/lead. The Mississippi State Department of Health Public Health Laboratory
offers lead testing. Please contact 601.576.7582 if you wish to have your water tested.
All sources of drinking water are subject to potential contamination by substances that are naturally occurring or man made. These
substances can be microbes, inorganic or organic chemicals and radioactive substances. All 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 the 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 1.800.426.4791.
Some people may be more vulnerable to contaminants in drinking water than the general population. Immuno-compromised 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 1.800.426.4791.
The City of Aberdeen works around the clock to provide top quality water to every tap. We ask that all our customers help us protect
our water sources, which are the heart of our community, our way of life and our children’s future.

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