Water

Current city water service is $30 per month, which includes the first 1,000 gallons.  Additional water is only $.50 per 1,000 gallons.

The first water system was established in 1914 by Doc Marsh, and it served the community until 1947.  In 1947, a corporation was formed by 8 local men to build and improve on the current system which they operated until 1959 when they sold it to the City.  In early times, the water was stored in a stone underground cistern, and even a buried railroad tank car!  The Council began pushing for a new water and sewer system.  Over the years, several improvements were made including a newer distribution system installed in 1969.  It was mostly constructed of AC concrete pipe.  A 10,000 gallon storage tank was added in 1975.  By the late 1990’s, however, the system was reaching the end of its design life and was inadequate to provide recommended fire flows.  It had also had several occurrences of coliform bacteria in the recent past.  In 1999, a new system went online.  All new water distribution mains and laterals, with 6″ lines to reduce maintenance, increase pressure, reduce leaking, and provide fire flow capability were installed.  More fire hydrants, isolation valves, and a pressure sustaining valve were added to the system.  Water meters were included in the project so customers would pay for the water they used, which drastically reduced water consumption.  A new water storage tank was installed above the cemetery.  This project guaranteed an ample supply of clean water for the community for many years to come.  The project was financed by an Idaho Community Department Block Grant, a Department of Agriculture< Rural Development grant, and a Rockland Water and Sewer bond.

The Rockland Municipal water system serves the community through 120 connections.  The system consists of 2 wells, a 100,000 gallon aboveground storage reservoir, and associated distribution piping.  The wells pump water directly to the storage reservoir where the water flows by gravity to the distribution system.  There are 2 pressure reducing stations located in vaults in town.  Well #1 located on Aspen Lane is used as a secondary source for the water system.  Drilled in 1970, it was drilled to a depth of 401 feet, with a 12″ casing all 401 feet.  Static water level when drilled was 63 feet.  Well #2 (also located on Aspen Lane) was drilled in September of 1985.  This well serves as the primary water source for the city.  the 460 foot well had a static water level of 80 feet when drilled.  The pump was replaced in 2013.  Each of the well houses include a LMI hypochlorinator unit, available if an emergency arises.  The distribution system piping is constructed primarily of PVC pipe.  The main lines are 6″ with the line going to the tank being 10″.  There are 40 fire hydrants.  Based on Department Of Environmental Quality’s determination, the wells have been determined to be groundwater that is not under the influence of surface water.  The most recent DEQ City of Rockland Sanitary Survey’s final paragraph states:”The City of Rockland water system appears to be a clean and well maintained water system.”

The new annual CCR (Consumer Confidence Report), was released on June 26,2016 for year 2015.  It is included below.

 

6/27/2016 CCR Report Preview
Copy of City of Rockland CCR Report for 2015
Is my water safe?

We are pleased to present this year’s Annual Water Quality Report (Consumer Confidence Report) as required by the Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA). This report is designed to provide details about where your water comes from, what it contains, and how it compares to standards set by regulatory agencies. This report is a snapshot of last years water quality. We are committed to providing you with information because informed customers are our best allies.

Do I need to take special precautions?

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/Centers for Disease Control (CDC) guidelines on appropriate means to lessen the risk of infection by Cryptosporidium and other microbial contaminants are available from the Safe Water Drinking Hotline (800-426-4791). Some people maybe more vulnerable to contaminants in drinking water than the general population. Immuno-com promised 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/Centers for Disease Control (CDC) guidelines on appropriate means to lessen the risk of infection by Cryptosporidium and other microbial contaminants are available from the Safe Water Drinking Hotline (800-426-4791).

Where does my water come from?

The community drinking water system currently has two ground water wells located within the city limits to serve approximately 300 persons through 160 metered connections. The City’s Well #2 is the primary drinking water source. Well #1 is the secondary water source and is used if additional water is required. Well #1 and Well #2 each produce approximately 300 to 350 gallons per minute. The water is pumped directly into the distribution system with the excess
water sent to a 100,000 gallon above ground steel storage reservoir on a hill east of the city.

Source water assessment and its availability

A Source Water Assessment was done by Idaho Department of Environmental Quality in October 2001 and maybe viewed at City Hall, office hours are Mondays and Wednesdays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Why are there contaminants in my drinking water?

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 (EPA) Safe Drinking Water Hotline (800-426-4791). 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 (EPA) Safe Drinking Water Flotline (800-426-4791). 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 naturally occurring minerals and, in some cases, radioactive material, and can pick up substances resulting 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, urban storm water runoff, and septic systems; and 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. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) regulations establish limits for contaminants in bottled water which must provide the same protection for public health.

How can I get involved?

City Council meets the First Wednesday of each month in the City Building at 7 p.m. Everyone is encouraged to attend.

Water Conservation Tips

Did you know that the average U.S. household uses approximately 400 gallons of water per day or 100 gallons per person per day? Luckily, there are many low-cost and no-cost ways to conserve water. Small changes can make a big difference – try one today and soon it will become second nature.
• Take short showers – a 5 minute shower uses 4 to 5 gallons of water compared to up to 50 gallons for a bath.
• Shut off water while brushing your teeth, washing your hair and shaving and save up to 500 gallons a month.
• Use a water-efficient showerhead. They’re inexpensive, easy to install, and can save you up to 750 gallons a month
• Run your clothes washer and dishwasher only when they are full you can save up to 1,000 gallons a month.
• Water plants only when necessary.
• Fix leaky toilets and faucets. Faucet washers are inexpensive and take only a few minutes to replace. To check your toilet for a leak, place a few drops of food coloring in the tank and wait. If it seeps into the toilet bowl without flushing, you have a leak. Fixing it or replacing it with a new, more efficient model can save up to 1,000 gallons a month.
• Adjust sprinklers so only your lawn is watered. Apply water only as fast as the soil can absorb it and during the cooler parts of the day to reduce evaporation
• Teach your kids about water conservation to ensure a future generation that uses water wisely. Make it a  family effort to reduce next month’s water bill!
• Visit www.epa.gov/watersense for more information

Cross Connection Control Survey

The purpose of this survey is to determine whether a cross-connection may exist at your home or business. A cross connection is an unprotected or improper connection to a public water distribution system that may cause contamination or pollution to enter the system. We are responsible for enforcing cross-connection control regulations and insuring that no contaminants can, under any flow conditions, enter the distribution system. If you have any of the devices listed below please contact us so that we can discuss the issue, and if needed, survey your connection and assist you in isolating it if that is necessary.
• Boiler/ Radiant heater (water heaters not included)
• Underground lawn sprinkler system
• Pool or hot tub (whirlpool tubs not included)
• Additional source(s) of water on the property
• Decorative pond
• Watering trough

Source Water Protection Tips

Protection of drinking water is everyone’s responsibility. You can help protect your community’s drinking water source in several ways:
• Eliminate excess use of lawn and garden fertilizers and pesticides – they contain hazardous chemicals that can reach your drinking water source.
• Pick up after your pets.
• If you have your own septic system, properly maintain your system to reduce leaching to water sources or consider connecting to a public water system.
• Dispose of chemicals properly; take used motor oil to a recycling center.
• Volunteer in your community. Find a watershed or wellhead protection organization in your community and volunteer to help. If there are no active groups, consider starting one. Use EPA’s Adopt Your Watershed to locate groups in your community, or visit the Watershed Information Network’s How to Start a Watershed Team.
• Organize a storm drain stenciling project with your local government or water supplier. Stencil a message next to the street drain reminding people “Dump No Waste – Drains to River” or ‘Protect Your Water.” Produce and distribute a flyer for households to remind residents that storm drains dump directly into your local water body.

Other Information

For more conservation tips please call City Hall at 208-548-2489.

Additional Information for Lead

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. City of Rockland 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.govIsafewater/lead.

Water Quality Data Table
In order to ensure that tap water is safe to drink, EPA prescribes regulations which limit the amount of contaminants in water provided by public water systems. The table below lists all of the drinking water contaminants that we detected during the calendar year of this report. Although many more contaminants were tested, only those substances listed below were found in your water. All sources of drinking water contain some naturally occurring contaminants, At low levels, these substances are generally not harmful in our drinking water. Removing all contaminants would be extremely expensive, and in most cases, would not provide increased protection of public health. A few naturally occurring minerals may actually improve the
taste of drinking water and have nutritional value at low levels. Unless otherwise noted, the data presented in this table is from testing done in the calendar year of the report. The EPA or the State requires us to monitor for certain contaminants less than once per year because the concentrations of these contaminants do not vary significantly from year to year, or the system is not considered vulnerable to this type of contamination. As such, some of our data, though representative, may be more than one year old. In this table you will find terms and abbreviations that might not be familiar to you To help you better understand these terms, we
have provided the definitions below the table.
MCLG MCL, Range
or TT, or Your Sample
Contaminants MRDLG MRDL Water Low High Date Violation Typical Source

Inorganic Contaminants
Arsenic (ppb)                                                0 10 5 NA 7909 No Erosion of natural deposits
Nitrate [measured as 10 10 1.37 NA 2015                            No Runoff from fertilizer use; Leaching
Nitrogen] (ppm)                                                                              from septic tanks, sewage; Erosion
of natural deposits
Microbiological Contaminants
Total Coliform (positive samples/month) 0 1 0 NA 2015 No Naturally present in the environment

Radioactive Contaminants
Radium (combined 226/228) (pCi/L) 0 5 .75 NA 2012 No Erosion of natural deposits

Inorganic Contaminants
Copper – action level at 1.3 1.3 .594 2015 0                       No Corrosion of household plumbing
systems; Erosion of natural deposits
Inorganic Contaminants
Lead – action level at 0 15 0 2015 0                                     No Corrosion of household plumbing
systems; Erosion of natural deposits

Unit Descriptions
Term Definition
ppm ppm: parts per million, or milligrams per liter (ing/L)
ppb ppb: parts per billion, or micrograms per liter (µg/L)
pCi/L pCi/L: picocuries per liter (a measure of radioactivity)
positive samples/month positive samples/ninth:Number of samples taken monthly that were found to be positive
NA NA: not applicable
ND ND: Not detected
NR NR: Monitoring not required, but recommended.

Important Drinking Water Definitions
Term Definition
MCLG: Maximum 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.
MCL: Maximum 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.
TT: Treatment Technique: A required process intended to reduce the level of a contaminant in drinking water.
AL: Action Level: The concentration of a contaminant which, if exceeded, triggers treatment or other requirements which a water system must follow.
Variances Variances and Exemptions: State or EPA permission not to meet an MCL or a treatment technique under certain conditions.
MRDLG  Maximum residual disinfection level goal. The level of a drinking water disinfectant below which there is no known or expected risk to health. MRDLGs do not reflect the benefits of the use of disinfectants to control microbial contaminants.
MRDL: Maximum residual disinfectant level. The highest level of a disinfectant allowed in drinking water. There is convincing evidence that addition of a disinfectant is necessary for control of microbial contaminants.
MNR: Monitored Not Regulated
MPL: State Assigned Maximum Permissible Level

For more information please contact:
Contact Name: James Kariger
Address: P 0 Box 113
Rockland, ID 83271
Phone: 208-705-2756