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THE PONCHATOULA TIMES, APRIL 29, 2010, PAGE A-4 Irvin Mayfield conducting his Grammy-winning New Orleans Jazz Orchestra (Times Photo by Landis McMahon) TICE MAGIC O:. 005pAalO . I I (2200 200.5e38 Ponchatoula Fitness Center Weig "" IIoLife Weight" Loss iiiii iiili Care ess Classes Programs Programs WIN SPECIAL II $29.9500.o II0 ur Fitness Cla sseslnclude: : Yoga, " Abs & Spin, Step & Spin ALso avaitabte - Massage & Tanning Now Open 24 Hours! 1330 Hwy. 51 N00rth (Veterans Avenue) Ponchatoula, LA 985/386-8507 www.ponchatoulafitness.com Michael Toumillon OwneffOperator .... year membership agl restrictions pply With your help, we can build better communities... With your help, we can build a better Louisiana. Volunteer. Register today lava.dhh.louisiana.gov Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals modico/ reserve A corps t,,,,:+ Yard sale to benefit the Lake Pontchartrain Basin Maritime Museum MADISONVILLE -- On Sat- urday, May 1, 2010, the Lake Pontchartrain Basin Maritime Museum will host two events, in conjunction, all for good causes. One event, located in the ga- rage area of the museum, will be a huge Yard Sale. All pro- ceeds from this sale will benefit the Maritime Museum and edu- cational programs. Simultane- ously, the St. Francis Animal Sanctuary program will put on a pet adoption day on the mu- seum's grounds, between the museum and the historic light- house keeper's cottage. Get your Spring cleaning done and donate any unwanted items by April 30th to the Lake Pontchartrain Basin Maritime Museum, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m., 133 Mabel Drive, Madisonville, for their Yard Sale or come by on May 1 for some unbelievable deals you just have to see! We will have a wide variety of items for sale that will include nauti- cal items, household items, coin collection, stamp collection, rail- road memorabilia, furniture, building supplies, teak boating accessories, trailer boats, home dcor, pedestal sink, children's clothes and toys, Computer ac- cessories, antique furniture, HP Design Jet Printer, too much to list! Also, on the same day from 11 a.m. - 3 p.m., will be the St. Francis Animal Sanctuary Pet Adoption Day. St. Francis Ani- mal Sanctuary's mission and goals are to operate a compas- sionate, no-kill animal sanctu- ary for the ill, the un-adoptable and the elderly. They provide animal rescue, medical care and temporary haven for adoptable animals until qualified homes/ rescues are found. The organi- zation also operates as a Hurri- cane Emergency Response Cen- ter for Rescue Organizations. It is their mission to end animal overpopulation and euthanasia by teaming to enact spay-neu- ter laws by 2012. The Lake Pontchartrain Basin Maritime Museum in Madisonville is an educational non-profit organization that of- fers exhibits and unique hands- on educational programs that bring the story of Louisiana's people to life. The Museum exhibits are open Tuesdays through Saturdays 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. and Sundays Noon-4 p.m. For additional information call the Maritime Museum at (985) 845-9200 or visit the web site at www.lpbmm.org. Fallen Heroes Memorial Chief of Police J. B. Hare By DEBBIE and WAYNE NORWOOD Louisiana Treasures Museum This week we will begin a new department for our Fall en Heroes Memorial articles. The featured department will be the Baton Rouge Police De- partment. To date, the BRPD has had 18 officers killed in the line of duty, beginning with the chief of police in 1911. It was Thursday, November 16, 1911 that Chief of Police J.B. Hare would be shot and killed by one of his own offi- cers. The officer had been sus- pended for reporting to work drunk. The officer's supervi- sor attempted to discipline him and the officer threatened to shoot the supervisor. Chief Hare intervened and was shot and killed by the officer being disciplined. He was then shot and killed by another officer. Chief Hare had been with the Baton Rouge Police Depart- ment for 25 years and was sur- vived by his wife and three chil- dren. Chief Hare's photograph has been placed on the "Gone But Not Forgotten Wall" at the Louisiana Treasures Museum located at 10290 Highway 22 West Ponchatoula, La. Call 225-294-8352 for more information or tours. Official Journal The Ponchatoula Times The Water We Drink City of Ponchatoula - Public Water Supply ID: LAl105019 We are pleased to present to you the Annual Water Quality Report for the year 2009. This report is designed to inform you about the quality of your water and services we deliver to you every day (Este informe contiene informaci6n muy impor- tante sobre su agua potable. Trad6zcalo o hable con alguien que lo entienda bien). Our constant goal is to provide you with a safe and dependable supply of drinking water. We want you to understand the efforts we make to continually improve the water treatment process and protect our water resources. We are committed to ensuring the quality of your water. Our water source(s) are: Source ,%_nA. S(Arce__Wj.qLl r 7p City Maintenance Yard GroundWater Tower Road Well Ground Water 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 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 include: Microbial Contaminants - such as viruses and bacteria, which may come from sewage treatment plants, septic systems, agricultural livestock operations, and wildlife. Inorganic Contaminants - such as salts and metals, which can be naturally-occurring or result from urban storm water 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, urban storm water runoff, and residential uses. 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 stations, urban storm water runoff, and septic systems. Radioactive Contaminant - which can be naturally-occurring or be the result of oil and gas production and mining activi- ties. A Source Water Assessment Plan (SWAP) is now available from our office. This plan is an assessment of a delineated area around our listed sources through which contaminants, if present, could migrate and reach our source water. It also includes an inventory of potential sources of contamination within the delineated area, and a determination of the water supply's sus- ceptibility to contamination by the identified potential sources. According to the Source Water Assessment Plan, our water system had a susceptibility rating of 'MEDIUM'. If you would like to review the Source Water Assessment Plan, please feel free to contact our office at the number provided in the following paragraph. 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. City of Ponchatoula 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 30 seconds to 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 htq)://www.La.gov/safewater/lead. In order to ensure that tap water is safe to drink, EPA prescribes regulations which limit the amount of certain contami- nants in water provided by public water systems. Food and Drug Administration regulations establish limits for contaminants in bottled water which must provide the same protection for public health. We are pleased to report that our drinking water is safe and meets Federal and State requirements. We want our valued customers to be informed about their water utility. If you have any questions about this report, want to attend any scheduled meetings, or simply want to learn more about your drinking water, please contact Dave Opdenhoff at 985-386-2098. The Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals - Office of Public Health routinely monitors for constituents in your drinking water according to Federal and State laws. The tables that follow show the results of our monitoring during the pe- riod of January 1st to December 31st, 2009. 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. In the tables below, 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: Non-Detects (ND) - laboratory analysis indicates that the constituent is not present. Parts per million (ppm) or Milligrams per liter (rag/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 (ug/L) - one part per billion corresponds to one minute in 2,000 years, or a single penny in $10,000,000. Parts per trillion (ppt) or Nanograms per liter (ng/L) - one part per trillion corresponds to one minute in 2,000,000 years, or a single penny in $10,000,000,000. ':' Parts per quadrillion (ppq) or Picograms per liter (pg/L) - one part per quadrillion corresponds to one minute in 2,000,000,000 years or one penny in $10,000,000,000,000. Pieocuries per liter (pCi/L) - picocuries per liter is a measure of the radioactivity in water. Millirems per year (mrem/yr) - measure of radiation absorbed by the body. Million fibers per liter (MFL) - million fibers per liter is a measure of the presence of asbestos fibers that are longer than 10 micrometers. Nephelometric Turbidity Unit (NTU) - nephelometric turbidity unit is a measure of the clarity of water. Turbidity in excess of 5 NTU is just noticeable to the average person. Variances & Exemptions (V&E) - State or EPA permission not to meet MCL or a treatment technique under certain conditions. Action level (AL) - the concentration of a contaminant that, if exceeded, triggers treatment or other requirements that a water system must follow. Treatment technique (TT) - a treatment technique is a required process intended to reduce the level of a contaminant in drinking water. Maximum contaminant level (MCL) - the "Maximum Allowed" MCL is the highest level of a contaminant that is allowed in drinking water. MCL's are set as close to the MCLG's as feasible using the best available treatment technology. Maximum contaminant level goal (MCLG) - the "Goal" is the level of a contaminant in drinking water below which there is no known or expected risk to human health. MCLG's allow for a margin of safety,. Maximum residual disinfectant level (MRDL) - The highest level of a disinfectant allowed in drinking water. There is convincing evidence that addition of a disinfectant is necessary for control of microbial contaminants. Maximum residual disinfectant level goal (MRDLG) - The level of a drinking water disinfectant below which there is no known or expected risk to health. MRDLGs do not reflect the benefits of the use of disinfectants to control microbial contaminants. During the period covered by this report we had below noted violations of drinking water regulations. 5[}:/.2(/ :( #L',:,,  .",: .:}z',.: ...'  :_':?zt,'.Z4  .''(' .P('r i  MCL (TCR), Maximum Contaminant Coliform (TCR) 1011/2009-10/31/2009 Monthly Level Violation Our water system tested a minimum of 6 samples per month monthly sample(s) in accordance with the Total Coliform Rule for microbiological contaminants. During the monitoring period covered by this report, we had the following noted detections for microbiological contaminants: Microbiological Result MCL  Typicql Source Coliform (TCR) In the month of " MCL: Systems that collect less 0 Naturally present October, 2 samples than 40 samples per month-no in the environment returned as positive more than 1 positive monthly sample In the tables below, we have shown the regulated contaminants that have detectable levels. These samples, except for Lead and Copper results and surface water systems, were collected at the raw water source and represent water before any treatment, blending or distribution. As such, the consumer tap levels could be less. Chemical Sampling of our drinking water may not be required on an annual basis; therefore, information provided in this table refers back to the latest year of chemical sampling results. Regulated Collection Highest Contaminants Date Value_ e Unit MCL M_CLG Fluoride 6/1/2009 0.2 0.2 ppm 4 4 "l'vnical Source Erosion of natural deposits; water additive which promotes strong teeth; discharge from fertilizer and aluminum factories 90th 95th Lead &,_. Date Percentile Percetttile [/nit AL &:Le.s over AL Lead 2008 1 1 ppb 15 0 2010 Corrosion of household plumbing systems; Erosion of natural deposits No detected results were found in the calendar year of 2009 DB_J Contaminants Monitoring l.eriod RAA Rang Unit No detected results were found in the calendar year 2009 MCL MCLG cal Sou ree EPA Reauired Health Effects Language Some people may be more vulnerable to contaminants in drinking water than the general population. Immuno-compro- mised 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 microbial contaminants are available from the Safe Drinking Wa- ter Hotline (800-426-4791). Coliforms are bacteria that are naturally present in the environment and are used as an indicator that other; potentially-harmful, bacteria may be present. Coliforms were found in more samples than allowed and this was a warning of potential problems. There are no additional required health effects violation notices. We at the City of Ponchatoula work around the clock to provide top quality drinking water to every tap. We ask that all our customers help us protect and conserve our water sources, which are the heart of our community, our way of life, and our children's future. Thank you for allowing us to continue providing your family with clean, quality water this year.