​Mandatory Language for a Maximum Contaminant Level Violation 
MCL, AVERAGE / 02 / FLUORIDE

July 1, 2017The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) has notified the CITY OF SMYER water system that the drinking water being supplied to customers had exceeded the Maximum Contaminant Level (MCL) for fluoride. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (U.S. EPA) has established the MCL for fluoride at 4.0 milligrams per liter (mg/L) based on a running annual average, and has determined that it is a health concern at levels above the MCL.  

Analysis of drinking water in your community for fluoride indicates a compliance value
in quarter one 2017 of 4.6 mg/L for EP001

This is not an emergency. However, some people who drink water containing fluoride in excess of the MCL over many years could get bone disease, including pain and tenderness of the bones. Fluoride in drinking water at half the MCL or more may cause mottling of children’s teeth, usually in children less than nine years old. Mottling, also known as dental fluorosis, may include brown stain-ing and/or pitting of the teeth, and occurs only in developing teeth before they erupt from the gums.

An alternate source of water should be provided to the affected population, which consists of children less than nine years old. The alternate water should be used for drinking and cooking only. However, if you have health concerns, you may want to talk to your doctor to get more information about how this may affect you. 

We are taking the following actions to address this issue: The City of Smyer is working with the TCEQ and the EPA to correct the problem. The City of Smyer offers water, filtered by reverse osmosis, available on tap at the front door of city hall. This tap is available at all times to the water customers of Smyer. Citizens need to bring their own container to carry the water. 

Please share this information with all people who drink this water, especially those who may not have received this notice directly (i.e., 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.  

If you have questions regarding this matter you may contact Jo Ann Beard, City Secretary, at (806) 234-3861.  
Posted/Delivered on: July 1, 2017



Mandatory Language for a Maximum Contaminant Level Violation
MCL, AVERAGE / 02 / ARSENIC

July 1, 2017The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) has notified the CITY OF SMYER water system that the drinking water being supplied to customers had exceeded the Maximum Contaminant Level (MCL) for arsenic. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (U.S. EPA) has established the MCL for arsenic at 0.010 milligrams per liter (mg/L) based on a running annual average, and has determined that it is a health concern at levels above the MCL.  

Analysis of drinking water in your community for arsenic indicates a compliance value in 
quarter one 2017 of 0.014 mg/L for EP001

This is not an emergency. However, some people who drink water containing arsenic in excess of the MCL over many years could experience skin damage or problems with their circulatory system, and may have an increased risk of getting cancer.

You do not need to use an alternative water supply. However, if you have health concerns, you may want to talk to your doctor to get more information about how this may affect you. 

We are taking the following actions to address this issue: The City of Smyer is working with the TCEQ, the EPA, and the Texas Water Development Board (TWDB) to correct the problem. The City of Smyer offers water, filtered by reverse osmosis, available on tap at the front door of city hall. This tap is available at all times to the water customers of Smyer. Citizens need to bring their own container to carry the water. 

Please share this information with all people who drink this water, especially those who may not have received this notice directly (i.e., 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.  

If you have questions regarding this matter, you may contact: Jo Ann Beard, City Secretary, at (806) 234-3861.

Posted/Delivered on: July 1, 2017


PWS/ 1100010 /CO
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LEAD & COPPER RULE MONITORING AND REPORTING VIOLATION
MANDATORY LANGUAGE – TIER III

IMPORTANT INFORMATION ABOUT YOUR DRINKING WATER

July 1, 2017The CITY OF SMYER has violated the monitoring and reporting requirements set by the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) in Chapter 30, Section 290, Subchapter F. Even through these were not emergencies, as our customers, you have the right to know what happened and what we are doing to correct these situations.

We are required to monitor your drinking water for specific contaminants on a regular basis. Results of regular monitoring are an indicator of whether or not our drinking water meets health standards. During January 1, 2016 – December 31, 2016, we did not monitor or test for lead and copper and therefore cannot be sure of the quality of your drinking water during that time.

The table below lists the contaminant(s) we did not properly test for during the last year, how often we are supposed to sample for lead and copper, how many samples we are supposed to take, how many samples we took, when samples should have been taken, and the date on which the follow-up samples will be taken.


Contaminant               Required                    Number of samples taken          When samples should          When samples were 
                                sampling frequency                                                     have been taken                 or will be taken

Lead & Copper            10 samples                      0                                        June 1 - Sept 30, 2016        June 1 - Sept 30, 2017
tap water sampling      every three years




What is being done?

We are working to correct the problem. For more information, please contact Jo Ann Beard, City Secretary, at 806-234-3861 or City of Smyer, PO Box 203, Smyer, Texas 79367. The City of Smyer is working with the TCEQ to correct the problem. The City of Smyer will submit samples to the TCEQ as required during June 1 – September 30, 2017. The City of Smyer offers water, filtered by reverse osmosis, available on tap at the front door of city hall. This tap is available at all times to the water customers of Smyer. Citizens need to bring their own container to carry the water.

Please share this information with all other people who drink this water, especially those who may not have received this notice directly (i.e., 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.  

This notice is being sent to you by the City of Smyer.  
Public Water System Number: TX 1100010.

Date Distributed: July 1, 2017