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