Public Water System: Bessemer Water Service

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PWS Service Information
PWS ID: AL0000737
Type: Community water system
EPA Region: 04
Primary Service Area: Residential Area
Primary Source: Surface water purchased
Population Served: 81,759
Contact Information
YARBROUGH, JERRY
YARBROUGH, JERRY
P O BOX 1246
BESSEMER, AL 35020

This public water system services 1 zip code in 1 municipality in 1 county.

Summary Results


A summary view of the the times a water contaminant was tested and found to exceed the level set by the EPA (the MCL).

Maximum Contaminant Levels Exceeded (by year):

2013   (0) 2014   (1) 2015   (1)
chlorate chlorate

Contaminant Detailed Results


This a view of violations of maximum contaminant levels. In the expanded view you can see each know test date for a given contaminant, the result of the test, the minimum level that can be recognized in a test (MRL), and upper limit that is considered healthy (HRL).

chlorate
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Year Test Date MRL HRL Test Result
2015 2015-01-29 20 210 440
2014 2014-11-20 20 210 430
2014 2014-07-28 20 210 500
2014 2014-07-16 20 210 360
2014 2014-05-08 20 210 360
2014 2014-04-24 20 210 280

Other Water Contaminants Tested


The following contaminants were tested and within national EPA guidelines.

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Contaminant MRL HRL Avg Result
molybdenum 1 40 0.5125 [+] Expand Test Data
Year Test Date MRL HRL Test Result
2015 2015-01-26 1 40 < 1
2015 2015-01-21 1 40 < 1
2014 2014-11-17 1 40 1.7
2014 2014-10-22 1 40 < 1
2014 2014-07-16 1 40 1.2
2014 2014-07-16 1 40 1.2
2014 2014-05-08 1 40 < 1
2014 2014-05-05 1 40 < 1
testosterone 0.0001 0 < 0.0001 [+] Expand Test Data
Year Test Date MRL HRL Test Result
2015 2015-01-21 0.0001 0 < 0.0001
2014 2014-10-22 0.0001 0 < 0.0001
2014 2014-07-16 0.0001 0 < 0.0001
2014 2014-05-05 0.0001 0 < 0.0001
estriol 0.0008 0.35 < 0.0008 [+] Expand Test Data
Year Test Date MRL HRL Test Result
2015 2015-01-21 0.0008 0.35 < 0.0008
2014 2014-10-22 0.0008 0.35 < 0.0008
2014 2014-07-16 0.0008 0.35 < 0.0008
2014 2014-05-05 0.0008 0.35 < 0.0008
estrone 0.002 0.35 < 0.002 [+] Expand Test Data
Year Test Date MRL HRL Test Result
2015 2015-01-21 0.002 0.35 < 0.002
2014 2014-10-22 0.002 0.35 < 0.002
2014 2014-07-16 0.002 0.35 < 0.002
2014 2014-05-05 0.002 0.35 < 0.002
PFNA 0.02 0 < 0.02 [+] Expand Test Data
Year Test Date MRL HRL Test Result
2015 2015-01-21 0.02 0 < 0.02
2014 2014-10-22 0.02 0 < 0.02
2014 2014-07-16 0.02 0 < 0.02
2014 2014-04-24 0.02 0 < 0.02
equilin 0.004 0.35 < 0.004 [+] Expand Test Data
Year Test Date MRL HRL Test Result
2015 2015-01-21 0.004 0.35 < 0.004
2014 2014-10-22 0.004 0.35 < 0.004
2014 2014-07-16 0.004 0.35 < 0.004
2014 2014-05-05 0.004 0.35 < 0.004
1,3-butadiene 0.1 0.0103 < 0.1 [+] Expand Test Data
Year Test Date MRL HRL Test Result
2015 2015-01-21 0.1 0.0103 < 0.1
2014 2014-10-22 0.1 0.0103 < 0.1
2014 2014-08-06 0.1 0.0103 < 0.1
2014 2014-04-24 0.1 0.0103 < 0.1
strontium 0.3 1500 68.5 [+] Expand Test Data
Year Test Date MRL HRL Test Result
2015 2015-01-26 0.3 1500 83
2015 2015-01-21 0.3 1500 51
2014 2014-11-17 0.3 1500 79
2014 2014-10-22 0.3 1500 49
2014 2014-07-16 0.3 1500 85
2014 2014-07-16 0.3 1500 92
2014 2014-05-08 0.3 1500 62
2014 2014-05-05 0.3 1500 47
cobalt 1 70 < 1 [+] Expand Test Data
Year Test Date MRL HRL Test Result
2015 2015-01-26 1 70 < 1
2015 2015-01-21 1 70 < 1
2014 2014-11-17 1 70 < 1
2014 2014-10-22 1 70 < 1
2014 2014-07-16 1 70 < 1
2014 2014-07-16 1 70 < 1
2014 2014-05-08 1 70 < 1
2014 2014-05-05 1 70 < 1
chromium 0.2 100 0.085 [+] Expand Test Data
Year Test Date MRL HRL Test Result
2015 2015-01-26 0.2 100 0.32
2015 2015-01-21 0.2 100 < 0.2
2014 2014-11-17 0.2 100 < 0.2
2014 2014-10-22 0.2 100 0.36
2014 2014-07-16 0.2 100 < 0.2
2014 2014-07-16 0.2 100 < 0.2
2014 2014-05-08 0.2 100 < 0.2
2014 2014-05-05 0.2 100 < 0.2
vanadium 0.2 21 0.305 [+] Expand Test Data
Year Test Date MRL HRL Test Result
2015 2015-01-26 0.2 21 < 0.2
2015 2015-01-21 0.2 21 < 0.2
2014 2014-11-17 0.2 21 0.29
2014 2014-10-22 0.2 21 0.36
2014 2014-07-16 0.2 21 0.48
2014 2014-07-16 0.2 21 0.57
2014 2014-05-08 0.2 21 0.38
2014 2014-05-05 0.2 21 0.36
17-alpha-ethynylestradiol 0.0009 0.035 < 0.0009 [+] Expand Test Data
Year Test Date MRL HRL Test Result
2015 2015-01-21 0.0009 0.035 < 0.0009
2014 2014-10-22 0.0009 0.035 < 0.0009
2014 2014-07-16 0.0009 0.035 < 0.0009
2014 2014-05-05 0.0009 0.035 < 0.0009
1,4-dioxane 0.07 0.35 0.04 [+] Expand Test Data
Year Test Date MRL HRL Test Result
2015 2015-01-21 0.07 0.35 < 0.07
2014 2014-10-22 0.07 0.35 0.16
2014 2014-07-16 0.07 0.35 < 0.07
2014 2014-04-24 0.07 0.35 < 0.07
PFBS 0.09 0 < 0.09 [+] Expand Test Data
Year Test Date MRL HRL Test Result
2015 2015-01-21 0.09 0 < 0.09
2014 2014-10-22 0.09 0 < 0.09
2014 2014-07-16 0.09 0 < 0.09
2014 2014-04-24 0.09 0 < 0.09
PFHxS 0.03 0 < 0.03 [+] Expand Test Data
Year Test Date MRL HRL Test Result
2015 2015-01-21 0.03 0 < 0.03
2014 2014-10-22 0.03 0 < 0.03
2014 2014-07-16 0.03 0 < 0.03
2014 2014-04-24 0.03 0 < 0.03
chromium-6 0.03 0 0.0406 [+] Expand Test Data
Year Test Date MRL HRL Test Result
2015 2015-01-26 0.03 0 < 0.03
2015 2015-01-21 0.03 0 < 0.03
2014 2014-11-17 0.03 0 0.034
2014 2014-10-22 0.03 0 0.047
2014 2014-07-16 0.03 0 0.062
2014 2014-07-16 0.03 0 0.063
2014 2014-05-08 0.03 0 0.064
2014 2014-04-24 0.03 0 0.055
HCFC-22 0.08 0 < 0.08 [+] Expand Test Data
Year Test Date MRL HRL Test Result
2015 2015-01-21 0.08 0 < 0.08
2014 2014-10-22 0.08 0 < 0.08
2014 2014-08-06 0.08 0 < 0.08
2014 2014-04-24 0.08 0 < 0.08
chloromethane 0.2 2.69 < 0.2 [+] Expand Test Data
Year Test Date MRL HRL Test Result
2015 2015-01-21 0.2 2.69 < 0.2
2014 2014-10-22 0.2 2.69 < 0.2
2014 2014-08-06 0.2 2.69 < 0.2
2014 2014-04-24 0.2 2.69 < 0.2
bromomethane 0.2 140 < 0.2 [+] Expand Test Data
Year Test Date MRL HRL Test Result
2015 2015-01-21 0.2 140 < 0.2
2014 2014-10-22 0.2 140 < 0.2
2014 2014-08-06 0.2 140 < 0.2
2014 2014-04-24 0.2 140 < 0.2
4-androstene-3,17-dione 0.0003 0 < 0.0003 [+] Expand Test Data
Year Test Date MRL HRL Test Result
2015 2015-01-21 0.0003 0 < 0.0003
2014 2014-10-22 0.0003 0 < 0.0003
2014 2014-07-16 0.0003 0 < 0.0003
2014 2014-05-05 0.0003 0 < 0.0003
Halon 1011 0.06 90 < 0.06 [+] Expand Test Data
Year Test Date MRL HRL Test Result
2015 2015-01-21 0.06 90 < 0.06
2014 2014-10-22 0.06 90 < 0.06
2014 2014-08-06 0.06 90 < 0.06
2014 2014-04-24 0.06 90 < 0.06
17-beta-estradiol 0.0004 0.0009 < 0.0004 [+] Expand Test Data
Year Test Date MRL HRL Test Result
2015 2015-01-21 0.0004 0.0009 < 0.0004
2014 2014-10-22 0.0004 0.0009 < 0.0004
2014 2014-07-16 0.0004 0.0009 < 0.0004
2014 2014-05-05 0.0004 0.0009 < 0.0004
PFHpA 0.01 0 < 0.01 [+] Expand Test Data
Year Test Date MRL HRL Test Result
2015 2015-01-21 0.01 0 < 0.01
2014 2014-10-22 0.01 0 < 0.01
2014 2014-07-16 0.01 0 < 0.01
2014 2014-04-24 0.01 0 < 0.01
PFOS 0.04 0.07 < 0.04 [+] Expand Test Data
Year Test Date MRL HRL Test Result
2015 2015-01-21 0.04 0.07 < 0.04
2014 2014-10-22 0.04 0.07 < 0.04
2014 2014-07-16 0.04 0.07 < 0.04
2014 2014-04-24 0.04 0.07 < 0.04
PFOA 0.02 0.07 < 0.02 [+] Expand Test Data
Year Test Date MRL HRL Test Result
2015 2015-01-21 0.02 0.07 < 0.02
2014 2014-10-22 0.02 0.07 < 0.02
2014 2014-07-16 0.02 0.07 < 0.02
2014 2014-04-24 0.02 0.07 < 0.02
1,1-dichloroethane 0.03 6.14 < 0.03 [+] Expand Test Data
Year Test Date MRL HRL Test Result
2015 2015-01-21 0.03 6.14 < 0.03
2014 2014-10-22 0.03 6.14 < 0.03
2014 2014-08-06 0.03 6.14 < 0.03
2014 2014-04-24 0.03 6.14 < 0.03
1,2,3-trichloropropane 0.03 0.0004 < 0.03 [+] Expand Test Data
Year Test Date MRL HRL Test Result
2015 2015-01-21 0.03 0.0004 < 0.03
2014 2014-10-22 0.03 0.0004 < 0.03
2014 2014-08-06 0.03 0.0004 < 0.03
2014 2014-04-24 0.03 0.0004 < 0.03

Lead and Copper Data


Lead and copper are recorded separately from other contaminants because of the Lead and Copper Rule. As with all other results, these are the findings at the water supply. Lead and copper can be — and often are — added to drinking water in between the water facility and a tap.

Sample ID Contaminant Sampling Start Date Sampling End Date Result
AL104674 lead 2015-01-01 2017-12-31 0.005mg/L
AL85516 lead 2012-01-01 2014-12-31 0.005mg/L
AL63083 lead 2009-01-01 2011-12-31 0.005mg/L
AL42029 lead 2008-01-01 2008-12-31 0.005mg/L

Violations


Known violations of the Safe Drinking Water Act as recorded by the EPA.

Compliance Dates Rule Violation Type Contaminant Name Status
1994-01-01 - 1994-01-31 Total Coliform Rule Monitoring, Routine Minor (TCR) Coliform (TCR) Known
1991-05-01 - 1991-05-31 Total Coliform Rule Maximum Contaminant Level Violation, Monthly (TCR) Coliform (TCR) Known
2012-01-01 - N/A Lead and Copper Rule Lead Consumer Notice Lead and Copper Rule Returned to Compliance

What My Water Data Means


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