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CONSUMER CONFIDENCE REPORT

Mountain Lakes Water Department — PWSID# NJ1425001

The Mountain Lakes Water Department is located at the DPW Building on Pocono Road. Billing and administrative offices are located in the Borough Hall at 400 Boulevard. Questions concerning this report should be directed to Mr. Rich Sheola, Borough Manager, at (973) 334-3131. The Borough Council holds regular public meetings every second and fourth Monday of the month at 8:00 P.M. at the Borough Hall. Included in this report are details about where your water comes from, what it contains, and how it compares to Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and State standards. As always, we are committed to providing you with the highest quality drinking water and service. Please do not hesitate to contact us at any time.

Some people may be more vulnerable to contaminants in drinking water than the general population. Immune-compromised persons such as persons with cancer undergoing chemo-therapy, 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 lesson the risk of infection by Cryptosporidium and other microbial contaminates are available from the Safe Drinking Water Hotline 1-(800) 426-4791.

Water for the Mountain Lakes system is derived from four (4) production wells, 2 of which are located near the Rockaway River in Denville Township. The primary well (No. 5) is located on Route 46 in Mountain Lakes, and it supplies approximately 80% of the total water used by the homes and businesses in Mountain Lakes.

Source Water Assessments: The New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP) has completed and issued the Source Water Assessment Report and Summary for the Borough of Mountain Lakes water system, which is available for review at www.state.nj.us/dep/swap or by contacting NJDEP’s Bureau of Safe Drinking Water at (609) 292-5550. Mountain Lakes monitors its water sources for regulated contaminants in accordance with NJDEP requirements.

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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. More information about contaminants and potential health effects can be obtained by calling the EPA’s Safe Drinking Water Hotline 1-(800) 426-4791.

The sources of drinking water (both tap water and bottled water) include rivers, lakes, streams, ponds, reservoirs, springs, and wells. As water travels over the surface of the land or through the ground, it dissolves naturally occurring minerals and, in some cases, radioactive material, and can pick up substances resulting from the presence of animals or from human activity.

Contaminants that may be present in source water before we treat it include:
Microbial contaminants, such as viruses and bacteria, which may come from sewage treatment plants, septic systems, agricultural livestock operations, and wild life.
Inorganic contaminants, such as salts and metals, which can be naturally occurring or result from urban stormwater runoff, industrial or domestic wastewater discharges, oil and gas production, mining or farming.
Pesticides and herbicides, which may come from a variety of sources such as agriculture and residential uses.
Radioactive contaminants, which are naturally occurring.
Organic chemical contaminants, including synthetic and volatile organic chemicals, which are by-products of industrial processes and petroleum production, and can also come from gas station, urban stormwater runoff, and septic systems.

In order to ensure that tap water is safe to drink, EPA prescribes regulations which limit the amount of certain contaminants in water provided by public water systems. We treat our water according to EPA’s regulations. Food and Drug Administrations (FDA) establish limits of contaminants in bottled water, which must provide the same protection for public health.

Mountain Lakes Water Department
Consumer Confidence Report
PWSID#NJ1425001
02/12/13