Drinking Water Available from Water Tanker at City Hall
The water tanker across the street is available for use 24 hours a day for drinking water, please remember to bring your own container. The City of Summerville will no longer be distributing bottled drinking water.
The City of Summerville test well is producing 1,000 gallons of water a minute at 364ft.
March 31, 2020 Status Update
Notice of Drinking Water Health Advisory Level Exceedance for Raccoon Water Plant
City of Summerville Public Drinking Water System
On January 30, 2020 sample results came back showing combined levels of PFOA and PFOS in the finished water from the Raccoon Creek treatment plant of 98 parts per trillion, which is above the U.S. EPA Health Advisory Level. In addition, combined levels of PFOA and PFOS in the Goodwin Hill Tank were found to be 92 parts per trillion.
In light of the EPA Health Advisory, the City of Summerville, in consultation with the Georgia Environmental Protection Division (Georgia EPD), has determined that we need to notify you of this new information, update you on what it means and what we are doing about it. As more information becomes available, we will provide additional updates.
What are PFOA and PFOS?
PFOA and PFOS are fluorinated organic chemicals that are part of a larger group of chemicals referred to as perfluoroalkyl substances (PFASs). PFOA and PFOS have been the most extensively produced and studied of these chemicals. They have been used to make carpets, clothing, fabrics for furniture, paper packaging for food and other materials (e.g., cookware) that are resistant to water, grease or stains. They are also used for firefighting at airfields and in a number of industrial processes. Because these chemicals have been used in an array of consumer products, most people have been exposed to them.
What is the Health Advisory Level?
To provide Americans, including the most sensitive populations, with a margin of protection from a lifetime of exposure to PFOA and PFOS from drinking water, EPA established health advisory levels at 70 parts per trillion. When both PFOA and PFOS are found in drinking water, the combined concentrations of PFOA and PFOS should be compared with the 70 parts per trillion health advisory level. This health advisory level offers a margin of protection for all Americans throughout their life from adverse health effects resulting from exposure to PFOA and PFOS in drinking water.
What are the potential adverse health effects with exposure to PFOS and PFOA?
EPA's health advisories are based on the best available peer-reviewed studies of the effects of PFOA and PFOS on laboratory animals (rats and mice) and were also informed by epidemiological studies of human populations that have been exposed to PF ASs. These studies indicate that exposure to PFOA and PFOS over certain levels may result in adverse health effects, including developmental effects to fetuses during pregnancy or to breastfed infants (e.g., low birth weight, accelerated puberty, skeletal variations), cancer (e.g., testicular, kidney), liver effects (e.g., tissue damage), immune effects (e.g., antibody production and immunity), thyroid effects and other effects (e.g., cholesterol changes).
EPA's health advisory levels were calculated to offer a margin of protection against adverse health effects to the most sensitive populations: fetuses during pregnancy and breastfed infants. The health advisory levels are calculated based on the drinking water intake of lactating women, who drink more water than other people and can pass these chemicals along to nursing infants through breastmilk.
What should you do?
Pregnant women, nursing mothers and infants are most sensitive to these chemicals and can reduce their potential risk by not consuming water from the City of Summerville public water system. In an abundance of caution, until further notice, these groups may want to consider using water from another source for consumption purposes. Recommendations for these sensitive groups include:
• Use bottled water for drinking and cooking of foods that absorb water (like pasta).
• Use formula that does not require adding water or use bottled water intended for infants to make formula.
The water can be used for washing foods, brushing teeth. bathing and showering, provided that care is taken to avoid swallowing water during those activities.
Point of use filters are available for consumers. Look for NSF/ANSI 53 (for carbon filters) or NSF/ANSI 58 (for reverse osmosis) certification.
Please note that boiling the water will not destroy these chemicals and will somewhat increase their levels in the water. If you have specific health concerns regarding your exposure, you should consult a health professional, such as your doctor.
What is the Citv of Summerville doing?
The City of Summerville is taking the following actions:
• The City is providing notice by mail to all customers.
• The City has contacted local media, including newspaper, radio, and social media.
• The City provided direct notification to all elementary schools, day care facilities, and health care facilities.
• The City plans to provide clean water distribution from a centralized fill station as soon as possible. The City will provide the location and hours of distribution as soon as that information is available.
• The City is investigating treatment options for the Raccoon Creek treatment plant.
• The City is investigating increasing the usage of water sources other than the Raccoon Creek treatment plant. These sources include the City's Lowe Springs, which was also sampled at the same time and the results show that no PFOS or PFOA was detected. The City also has interconnections with nearby public water systems and will investigate purchases from these systems in order to decrease the amount of water coming from Raccoon Creek.
When additional information becomes available this public notice will be updated.
How can you get additional information?
For additional information on EPA's Drinking Water Health Advisories for PFOS and PFOA please see: https://www.epa.gov/ground-water-and-drinking-water/drinking-water-health-advisories-pfoa-and-pfos.
For more information on what the City is doing, please contact Janice Galloway at 706-859-0900 or email at email@example.com.
Please share this information with all the other people who drink this water, especially those who may not have received this notice directly (for example, people in apartments, nursing homes, schools, and businesses). You can do this by posting this notice in a public place or distributing copies by hand or mail.