Brazil Water Utility 2014 CCR Report
Opportunities for public participation: Common Council meetings are held the second Wednesday of each month at 7pm. Public Board of Works & Safety meeting is held the second Wednesday of each month at 10am., and the fourth Wednesday of each month at 10am. All meetings are held in the council chambers of City Hall.
Is your water safe?: This brochure is being provided so that you the water customer may know the quality of the drinking water that we provided last year. Included as part of this report are details about where the water that you drink comes from, what it contains and how it compares to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and Indiana Standards. We are committed to providing you with all the information that you need to know about the quality of the water that you drink.
What if I have special health considerations? : 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. U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and Centers for Disease Control guidelines on appropriate means to lessen the risk of infection by Cryptosporidium and other microbial contaminants are available from the Safe Drinking Water Hotline at: (800)426-4791.
What is Cryptosporidum?: Cryptosporidum is a microscopic organism that lives in the intestines of animals and people. When ingested, this microscopic pathogen may cause a disease called cryptosporidiosis, which has flu-like symptoms. Although there has been no cryptosporidium found in treated finished drinking water, cryptosporidium is found not in source water such as our well field located at the westerly edge of Walnut Creek and consists of a common glacial aquifer. Brazil City Water Utility utilizes a stringent monitoring program, testing source water and finished drinking water as well as using online monitors that measure the clarity of the water, which helps determine the likeliness of the microbe’s presence in the drinking water.
Where does our water come from?: The City of Brazil, Water Utility, water source is ground water wells located along the westerly edge of the Walnut Creek in Putnam County. This water source has been classified by the Indiana Department of Environmental Management, as a “Ground Water Source,” not under the influence of surface water.
How hard is my water?: As is common with water in this region, Brazil’s water is considered hard due to the natural levels of minerals iron and manganese. The water hardness typically ranges from around 16 to 20 grains per gallon (the measure often referred to in determining water softener settings).
What is being done to improve water quality?: Wellhead protection. In order to minimize the risk of ground water contamination, Brazil Water Utility in accordance with the State Wellhead Protection Rule and local ordinances has implemented a Wellhead Protection Program. This program involves working with local planning teams and regulators, mapping of the wellhead protection areas, identifying potential sources of ground water contamination, working with businesses to prevent spills and releases of chemicals, and preparing a contingency plane in case of contamination.
Lead in drinking water & its effects on children: 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. Brazil City Water Works 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 thirty (30) seconds to two (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/safe water/lead.
What can I do to conserve water?: Everyone plays an important role in water conservation. Measures you and your families take at home today are critical to ensuring an adequate supply of treatable drinking water in the future. For starters, don’t let the water run when brushing your teeth or shaving, run dishwashers and washing machines only when they’re full, and regularly check for leaks in toilets and faucets. Use a shut-off nozzle on your garden hose and never use water to clean sidewalks and driveways. Water your lawn no more than every other day and use a rain sensor on an irrigation system so the system turns off when it’s raining. One of the easiest ways you can protect water quality is to limit the amount of fertilizer you use on your lawn, and always make sure it’s phosphorus-free; the excess phosphorus provides nutrients for algae that can harm water quality.
If you missed the Mayor’s State of the City speech, here are the highlights:
Approximately $40 million was invested in the city of Brazil in 2014 and residents can expect more money to be spent on improvements this year, Mayor Brian Wyndham said on Tuesday.
The number reflects the continued view by both private, public and local officials and residents that Brazil is an area continuing to make positive strides, he said to the crowd gathered at the Clay County YMCA for his annual State of the City address.
“It is an indicator that we are moving forward,” Wyndham said. “They don’t put that kind of money in investments in a dying community.”
Some of the major projects the mayor highlighted were the U.S. 40 project, the city’s side street paving project and Exceptional Living Centers’ plans to start construction of the first assisted living center in the county.
“The more of it we do, the more of it we’ll receive,” Wyndham said. “We will use the U.S. 40 project and these things going on as a springboard to get on more projects and keep doing well.”
Brazil resident Holly True described the mayor’s address as inspiring, adding she has seen a lot of good things going on.
Mayor talks infrastructure
The city continues to work on improving the streets and water and waste water systems.
Around 14 miles of roads were paved with $1.7 million as part of the first phase of the city’s street paving project, he said, and for 2015 the city is working to secure another bond to tackle more roads on the south side.
“This year, we are looking at doing $1.5 million (bond lease) on the south side of town,” Wyndham said. “We are pretty close to completing an Economic Development Area down there that would allow the bond leasing to happen.”
Along with the streets, residents can expect some work to be done on sidewalks.
Wyndham said in the next three years the city will receive a $390,000 grant, which requires a 20 percent match from the city, to not only do repairs but ensure sidewalks are compliant with the American with Disabilities Act.
Also, the city has been working to resolve ongoing water loss problems. Wyndham said over the past year the water department has been able to decrease the city’s water loss by 14 percent — that equates to more than 400,000 gallons pumped that were not getting billed.
In addition, the city is 65 percent complete in replacing all residents’ water meters. Wyndham said the new meters are read electronically, which makes them more accurate and efficient. One feature, he added, allows the reader to even pull up the meter’s history.
“If someone has a leak in the early morning … or they flush the commode you can tell it with one of these things,” Wyndham said.
Other speech highlights:
* The city will continue to pick up residents’ tree limbs. Wyndham said two seasonal employees were hired last year for that specific task and it worked, adding that is the plan this year.
* U.S. 40 project is expected to pick up where it left off later this year. The preliminary plan is to reach the SR 59 intersection by the end of construction season.
* The city plans on replacing the city’s street signs in 2015. Officials plan to let bids on the project in September and have it completed by the end of the year. The city will invest $198,000 in that project, Wyndham said.
* The Federal Emergency Management Agency flood buyout is ongoing. Wyndham said, so far, $1.3 million has been invested with phase I of the project completed and phase 2 near completion.
* The city plans to use $215,000 awarded through the Indiana Housing and Community Development Authority as part of the Blight Elimination Program to demolish blighted homes this year. Wyndham said they are also working with Clay County Commissioners to possibly purchase some properties off a commissioners’ sale so they can be included as well.
To watch the full address follow the link below: