2021 Annual Drinking Water Quality Report

Brackenridge Borough Water Department

PWSID # 5020006


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Water System Information:

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 Brackenridge Borough at 724-224-0800. We want you to be informed about your water supply. If you want to learn more, please attend any of our regularly scheduled meetings. They are held the first Thursday of each month at 6:00 PM at the Brackenridge Borough Municipal Building, 1000 Brackenridge Avenue, Brackenridge, PA 15014.

Sources of Water:

Our water source is the Allegheny River. A Source Water Assessment of our source was completed in 2002 by the PA Department of Environmental Protection (PADEP). The Assessment has found that our source is potentially most susceptible to industrial discharges along the Allegheny River upstream of our intake, storm water and combined sewer discharges, small craft marinas located along the Allegheny River and potential contamination from accidental spills along roads within our watershed. Overall, our source has moderate significant contamination. Summary reports of the Assessment are available by writing to Brackenridge Borough Municipal Building, 1000 Brackenridge Avenue, Brackenridge, PA 15014 and will be available on the PADEP website at www.dep.state.pa.us (directLINK "source water"). Complete reports were distributed to municipalities, water supplier, local planning agencies and PADEP offices. Copies of the complete report are available for review at the PADEP Southwest Regional Office, Records Management Unit at 412-442-4000. In 2014 Brackenridge Borough completed a DEP approved source water protection plan as part of the Lower Allegheny Regional Partnership which also includes Oakmont Water Authority, New Kensington Water Authority, Tarentum Water, and Harrison Water Authority. A copy of this plan is available for review in our office.

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 microbial contaminants are available from the Safe Drinking Water Hotline (800-426-4791).

Monitoring your Water:

We routinely monitor for contaminants in your drinking water according to federal and state laws. The following tables show the results of our monitoring for the period of January 1 to December 31, 2021. The State allows us to monitor for some contaminants less than once per year because the concentrations of these contaminants do not change frequently. Some of our data is from prior years in accordance with the Safe Drinking Water Act. The date has been noted on the sampling results table.

Definitions and Abbreviations:

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

Maximum Contaminant Level (MCL) - 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 Contaminant Level Goal (MCLG) - 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.

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.

Treatment Technique (TT)A required process intended to reduce the level of a contaminant in drinking water.

pCi/L = picocuries per liter (a measure of radioactivity)

ppb = parts per billion, or micrograms per liter (μg/

ppm = parts per million, or milligrams per liter (mg/L)




Detected Sample Results:



Chemical Contaminant MCL in CCR units MCLG Highest Level Detected Range of Detections Units Sample Date Violation Y/N Sources of Contamination





















Erosion of Natural Deposits; Water additive which promotes strong teeth; Discharge from fertilizer and aluminum factories














Runoff from fertilizer use: Leaching from septic tanks, sewage; Erosion of natural deposits
TTHMs (Total Trihalomethanes) 80 n/a 66.8 32.9-99.4 ppb N By-Product of drinking water chlorination
Haloacetic Acids (HAA) 60 n/a 17.6 8.3-19.5 Ppb N By-Product of drinking water chlorination
Chlorine (Distribution) MRDL=4 MRDLG=4 0.29 0.29-0.41 Ppm 12/2021 N Water additive used to control microbes
Chlorine (Entry Point) TT=0.2 TT=0.2 0.20 0.20-0.47 Ppm 07/17/2021 N Water additive used to control microbes
Total Organic Carbon TT n/a 48.4-52.8% removal N 35% required Naturally present in the environment


Contaminant Action Level MCLG 90th Percentile Value Units #of sites above AL of total Sites Violation of TT Y/N Sources of Contamination
Lead 15 0 0.0032 Ppb 0 N


Corrosion of Household Plumbing
Copper 1.3 1.3 0.047 Ppm 0 N


Corrosion of Household Plumbing



Contaminant MCL MCLG Level Detected Sample Date Violation of TT Y/N Source of Contamination
Turbidity TT=1 NTU for single measurement 0 0.04 NTU 3/5/2021


N Soil runoff
TT=at least 95% of monthly samples ≤ 0.3 NTU 100%



Due to computer errors causing the data to upload to the state before the 10th of the month there were violations for failure to monitor/report contaminants in February 2021. These violations were corrected before the end of March and all data was submitted before March 10th.


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. Brackenridge Borough Water Department 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 http://www.epa.gov/safewater/lead.

Educational Information:

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 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 stormwater run-off, 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 stormwater 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 stormwater runoff, and septic systems.
  • Radioactive contaminants, which can be naturally-occurring or be the result of oil and gas production and mining activities.

In order to ensure that tap water is safe to drink, EPA and DEP prescribes regulations which limit the amount of certain contaminants in water provided by public water systems. FDA and DEP regulations establish limits for contaminants in bottled water which must provide the same protection for public health.

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 Environmental Protection Agency’s Safe Drinking Water Hotline (800-426-4791).