Superior’s drinking water passes all EPA tests

Print Article

The Town of Superior recently released its annual 2018 Water Quality Report. The report is in compliance with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Safe Drinking Water Act. The report is a snapshot of the quality of water provided to residents of Superior.

The report states that, “Our drinking water is safe and meets all federal and state requirements.” Tests performed included 24 coliform bacteria test, and all were coliform free. There was one nitrate test plus nitrite test on each of the town’s three wells, and were all within EPA guidelines. Plus there were tests to determine the possible presence of 10 disinfection byproducts, and all results were within EPA standards.

The report shows Maximum Contaminant Level (MCL), which is the highest level of a contaminant that is allowed in drinking water. These have very stringent levels, the report states, and there were no MCL violations.

“To understand the possible health effects of exceeding the MCL, a person would have to drink two liters of water every day at the MCL for a lifetime to have one in a million chance of having any adverse health effects,” it said in the report.

There is also information regarding lead in drinking water, which can cause serious health problems — especially in pregnant women and young children. Lead primarily comes from materials and components of service lines and home plumbing systems. Which means some homes may be higher than other’s in the community. People who are concerned about lead in their water, should have their water tested by a certified laboratory, like Montana Environmental Laboratory at 406-755-2131. There is also information online at epa.gov/safewater/lead.

The Town of Superior had three wells that are 200 to 220 feet deep and they draw water from the alluvial aquifer on the south side of the Clark Fork River. In the past, the Flat Creek Spring was used as a public source of water but that was closed in 1997 due to high levels of antimony. However, gravity flow from the Flat Creek Spring collector could be used as an emergency backup source of water.

The wells and spring are connected to a 400,000-gallon reservoir for storage, and the system has a backup generator to maintain the water supply in the event of a loss of power. The town’s water is also treated with a small amount of chlorine to ensure its purity. In all, there are 414 service connections with three new connections made last year.

Currently, Rodney Goins in Superior’s certified operator, and Andy Cadman is working on certification to be an additional operator for the system.

Print Article

Read More Local News

Thompson Falls homicide suspect enters ‘not guilty’ plea

April 17, 2019 at 8:24 pm | Clark Fork Valley Press Danielle Jeanette Wood appeared by video before District Court Judge Deborah “Kim” Christopher at the Sanders County Courthouse in Thompson Falls on Tuesday, April 16, for arraignment on a charge of ...

Comments

Read More

New crew: Hot Springs FFA thanks Stockmen’s Association

April 17, 2019 at 8:08 pm | Clark Fork Valley Press Three members of Hot Springs Future Farmers of America attended the April meeting of the Western Montana Stockmen’s Association to thank them for a generous $1,000 donation to their club. “We’ve b...

Comments

Read More

Plains street conditions boil down to drainage issues

April 17, 2019 at 8:32 pm | Clark Fork Valley Press The streets of Plains are falling apart; there’s just no denying it. And, as with anything this big, the solutions are complicated and affect people’s lives. But we all need streets, so it might t...

Comments

Read More

Sheriff’s office loses important asset

April 17, 2019 at 12:25 pm | Mineral Independent After serving with the Mineral County Sherriff’s Office for 25 years, Superior Mayor Roni Phillips announced her retirement from the Jail Administrator and 911-Dispatcher positions in early April. Ph...

Comments

Read More

Contact Us

(406) 826-3402
105 W. Lynch
P.O. Box 667
Plains, MT 59859

©2019 Clark Fork Valley Press | Mineral Independent Terms of Use Privacy Policy
X
X