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May 28, 2010

Report: McCoy has quality drinking water
Drinking water at Fort McCoy meets all federal and state laws, and is suitable for all uses, including drinking, washing, etc., for both military and civilian personnel, according to the Fort McCoy Directorate of Public Works (DPW) Environmental Division.

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) requires organizations that provide drinking water to publish annual reports to inform their customers about the quality of the water being served.


Action Level (AL): The concentration of a contaminant which, if exceeded, triggers treatment or other requirements which a water system must follow.

Maximum Contaminant Level (MCL): 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 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.

Picocuries per liter (pCi/l): A measure of radioactivity.

ppm — parts per million, or milligrams per liter (mg/l).

ppb — parts per billion, or micrograms per liter (ug/l).

Fort McCoy personnel continually monitor the drinking water to provide a safe and dependable water supply and to protect the installation’s water resources.

Fort McCoy’s 2009 Consumer Confidence Report (CCR) is published to inform the installation work force and visitors about the quality of water delivered to its customers every day. All of the testing conducted for the report indicates that Fort McCoy’s water supply meets federal and state regulations. Questions can be directed to the Water Treatment Plant, DPW, at 608-388-2323.

The complete 2009 report is available on the Fort McCoy Web site at: http://www.mccoy.army.mil/ReadingRoom/documents/CCRNorthPost.pdf http://www.mccoy.army.mil/ReadingRoom/documents/CCRSouthPost.pdf

The CCR will not be mailed, but also is available upon request by contacting Michael Miller at 608-388-6546.

The tables with this story show the results of Fort McCoy’s monitoring from Jan. 1, 2009-Dec. 31, 2009 or when it is required according to state and federal laws. Because the tables include terms and abbreviations that may be unfamiliar, definitions are printed as a sidebar.

More information about contaminants and potential health effects can be obtained by calling the EPA safe drinking water hotline at 800-426-4791.

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 water poses a health risk.

To ensure that tap water is safe to drink, the EPA regulations limit the amount of certain contaminants in water provided by public water systems.

Food and Drug Administration regulations establish limits for contaminants in bottled water, which shall provide the same protection for public health.

Some people may be more vulnerable to contaminants in drinking water than the general population. These people should seek advice about drinking water from their healthcare providers.

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