Beach Water District

325 E Alderwood Street
Coupeville,WA 98239

Annual Drinking Water Quality Report for 2011

The Water We Drink

We are very pleased to provide you with this year’s Annual Water Quality Report. We want to keep you informed about the excellent water and services we have delivered to you over the past year. Our goal is and always has been, to provide to you a safe and dependable supply of drinking water. Our water source is groundwater drawn from three wells located within Ledgewood Beach boundaries. Island County Health Department personnel conducted a sanitary survey of our entire system in 2010, which we passed with flying colors.

We are happy to report that our drinking water is safe and meets federal and state requirements. You will note that we tested for fewer constituents in 2011 than 2010. Some of those tests are required only once in three years or have been waived because of our low vulnerability to contamination. The Washington State Department of Health has assessed the susceptibility of these wells to contamination as low to moderate. Other sample results were negative and thus not reported. However, if you wish
to review the test results from previous years or the vulnerability ratings, we would be glad to provide them. We have also included some results from the two last years since they were not required this year.

This report shows our water quality and what it means.  If you have any questions about this report or concerning your water utility, please contact Jan Martin at (360) 678-5562 or any of the other Water District Commissioners listed below. If you need information regarding your account, please call Karen Johnson at (360) 969-3636. You may also contact us by mail at the above address. We want our valued customers to be informed about their water utility. If you want to learn more, please attend any of our regularly scheduled meetings. They are held on the first Tuesday evening of each month at the Ledgewood Beach Firehouse on Pinecrest Avenue at 7:00 PM.

The Ledgewood Beach Water District routinely monitors for constituents in your drinking water according to Federal and State laws. This table shows the results of our monitoring for the period of January 1, 2009 to December 31,2011All drinking water, including bottled drinking water, may be reasonably expected to contain at least small amounts of some constituents.  It is important to remember that the presence of these constituents does not necessarily pose a health risk.

In this table you will find many terms and abbreviations you might not be familiar with. To help you better understand these terms we’ve provided the following definitions:

Constituents – components of water including chemical, physical and microorganisms

Non-Detects (ND) – laboratory analysis indicates that the constituent is not present.

Parts per million (ppm) or Milligrams per liter (mg/l) – one part per million corresponds to
one minute in two years or a single penny in $10,000.

Parts per billion (ppb) or Micrograms per liter – one part per billion corresponds to one minute in 2,000 years, or a single penny in $10,000,000.

Pico curies per liter (pCi/l) – a measure of radioactivity.

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

Maximum Contaminant Level – (mandatory language) The “Maximum Allowed” (MCL) is 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 Level Goal – (mandatory language) The “Goal” (MCLG) is 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.


Contaminant Violation


LevelDetected UnitMeasurement MCLG MCL

Likely Source
of Contamination

Total Coliform BacteriaE. coli NoNo 00   0 (systems that collect fewer than 40 samples per
month) 1 positive monthly sample
Naturally present in the environment
Arsenic No 6 ppb n/a 10 Erosion of natural deposits; runoff from orchards; runoff from glass
and electronics production wastes
Barium No 21 ppb 2000 2000 Erosion of natural deposits
Calcium No 48 ppm n/a n/a Erosion of natural deposits
Chloride No 38-51 ppm n/a 250 Erosion of natural deposits
Conductivity No 483-601 umhos/cm n/a 700 Erosion of natural deposits
Color No ND color units n/a 15 Corrosion of household plumbing systems; erosion of natural deposits.
Copper No ND-0.64 ppm 1.3 1.3 Corrosion of household plumbing systems; erosion of natural deposits.
Iron No ND ppm n/a 0.3 Corrosion of household plumbing systems; erosion of natural deposits.
Hardness as Calcium Carbonate No 240 ppm n/a n/a Erosion of natural deposits
Lead No ND ppb 0 15 Corrosion of household plumbing systems; erosion of natural deposits.
Magnesium No 32 ppm n/a n/a Erosion of natural deposits
Manganese No ND ppm n/a n/a Erosion of natural deposits
Nitrate (as Nitrogen) No ND-0.73 ppm 10 10 Runoff from fertilizer use; leaching from septic tanks, sewage;
erosion of natural deposits
Sodium No 26-29.4 ppm n/a n/a Erosion of natural deposits; salt-water intrusion or runoff.
Sulfate No 18 ppm `n/a 250 Erosion of natural deposits
Gross Alpha No ND pCi/L 0 15 Erosion of natural deposits
Radium 226 + 228 No ND-1.19 pCi/L 0 5 Erosion of natural deposits
Trihalomethane Contaminants
Bromoform No ND-1.6 ppb n/a n/a Disinfection byproducts
Chloroform No ND ppb n/a n/a Disinfection byproducts
Bromodichloromethane No 0.5 ppb n/a n/a Disinfection byproducts
Chlorodibromomethane No 0.9-1.9 ppb n/a n/a Disinfection byproducts
Total Trihalomethane No 2.5-7.8 ppb n/a 60 Disinfection byproducts


As you can see by the table, our system had no MCL violations. We’re proud that your drinking water meets or exceeds all Federal and State requirements. We have learned through our monitoring and testing that some constituents have been detected. The EPA has determined that your water IS SAFE at these levels. We have included results of a number of tests for your information that we are not required to report unless we exceed the maximum contaminant levels or that are not regulated including tests for lead and copper. We have also tested for pesticides and disinfection by-products in addition to those listed above that are regulated or unregulated by state and federal health standards. None of those were detected. Again, if you are interested in seeing these test results, we would be happy to show you.

MCLs are set at very stringent levels. To understand the possible health effects described for many regulated constituents, a person would have to drink 2 liters of water containing that constituent at the MCL level every day for a lifetime to have a one-in-a-million chance of having the described health effect.

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/CDC guidelines on appropriate means to lessen the risk of infection by cryptosporidium and other microbiological contaminants as well as more information about contaminants and potential health effects can be obtained by calling the Environmental Protection Agency’s Safe Drinking Water Hotline at 1-800-426-4791.

Thank you for allowing us to continue providing your family with clean, quality water this year. In order to maintain a safe and dependable water supply we sometimes need to make improvements that will benefit all of our customers like the meter replacement and rehabilitation projects. The Water Board has established a program to set aside funds to meet future needs. In response to the Water Use Efficiency Rule, we read all water meters to determine what percentage of the water we pump from the wells can be accounted for at our customers’ meters as well as to encourage conservation. We continually strive to operate the Ledgewood Beach Water District efficiently and wisely. We continue work to meet the goals of our  Water Use Efficiency Plan. We have reduced our overall water use by 18% and water loss due to leaks by 4.1% since 2010. we are working to identify and repair leaks throughout our water system. You can help us by checking for and fixing leaks on your property and also reporting any
suspicious water or wet areas you might see anywhere in our system. Likewise, watering only on your designated days following the guidelines for wise water use on the next page is an important part of our water conservation program.

We appreciate timely payment of your water bills, which keep us solvent and free of debt.  We do impose a late fee of $10 when your payments fail to reach us by the last day of the month you are billed and continue to add $10 each month for each overdue bill until your account is current.

We at the Ledgewood Beach Water District work to provide top quality water to every tap. We ask that all of our customers help us protect our water sources, which are the heart of our community, our way of life and our children’s future.  Please call one of us if you have questions. Questions regarding water availability or escrow matters should be submitted in writing on appropriate letterhead stationary to ourmailing address, as we want to protect your privacy and yet respond in a timely manner. Please provide us with your current email address so that we may contact you in the case of emergencies or important issues related to your water supply.

Important information about water use

Water usage increases sharply beginning in late spring, with the highest usage occurring from May through September. Usage peaks in mid summer, often doubling or tripling the number of gallons/day per household in July when compared to January usage.

Under the new Water Use Efficiency Rule, if we fail to meet water efficiency goals we may have to implement various more complicated and perhaps costly programs for water use. Also, if we do not conserve water the state could reduce our approved number of additional water hookups until we construct more storage at considerable cost. Residents and property owners may avoid these expenses and a state-mandated water conservation program by complying with the following policy:

1. From May 1 through September 30 water only every other day, even calendar days if your house number ends with an even number and odd calendar days if your house number ends with an odd number. If the month has 31 days, odd numbered houses should water only on that day, not on the first of the next month as well.

Examples: July 20 – house number 1836 may water. July 21 – house number 1837 may water.

2. Water only between the hours of 6:00 PM and 10:00 AM. Watering in the hottest hours of the day is inefficient and wasteful.

3. Make sure your sprinklers only water the plants, not the driveway or sidewalk.

4. Water only as necessary. One inch of water per week is sufficient and lawns will
recover in the fall even if they get no water. Don’t water if it is or has been
raining. Check your sprinklers including those on timers by setting out tuna
cans. If they overflow during watering, you are watering too much. Also, if
your lawn squishes with water when you walk on it the next day, you are
watering too much.

Failure to comply with this policy may lead to penalty charges or shutoff of service and certainly higher water bills.

The Ledgewood Beach Water District Board appreciates your cooperation and help in conserving our most important resource, your water supply.

Below you will find names, phone numbers and email addresses for our board and phone numbers for our accountant
and maintenance provider. Please do not rely on leaving emergency messages on answering machines, but contact the next person on the list in case someone is unavailable to respond to your problem.

Jan Martin, President                                                          (360) 678-5562           gardenerjan@earthlink.net

Wil Shellenberger, Secretary/Treasurer                            (360) 678-5627            WSTFS@aol.com

Ralph Young, Auditor                                                        (360) 678-0430           ralung@gmail.com

Karen Johnson, Billing Clerk                                             (360) 969-3636         ledgewoodbeachwater@gmail.com

Ron Smith, System Maintenance                                    (360) 678-4949