Hebert Consumer Confidence Report


Hebert Health
2022 Consumer
Confidence Report on
Drinking Water Quality
is now available for
Please see receptionist
for a copy of the report.
180 Log Road,
Smithfield, RI

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Consumer Confidence Report – 2022 Covering Calendar Year – 2021

This brochure is a snapshot of the quality of the water that we provided last year. Included are the details about where your water comes from, what it contains, and how it compares to Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and state standards, We are committed to providing you with information because informed customers are our best allies. If you would like to learn more about our decision-making processes that affect drinking water quality, please call LINDA WHEELER at 401-231-7016.

Your water comes from:

Source Name


Source Water T




Ground Water




Ground Water


Our goal is to provide you with a safe and dependable supply of drinking water. We are proud to inform you that your drinking water meets Federal & State requirements. We are committed to ensuring the quality of your water. The Rhode Island Department of Health, in cooperation with other state and federal agencies, has assessed the threats to Hebert Health Center water supply sources. The assessment considered the intensity of development, the presence of businesses and facilities that use, store, or generate potential contaminants, how easily contaminants may move through the soils in the Source Water Protection Area (SWPA), and the sampling history of the water. Our monitoring program continues to assure that the water delivered to your home is safe to drink. However, the assessment found that the water source is at LOW RISK of contamination. This does NOT mean that the water cannot become contaminated. Protection efforts are necessary to assure continued water quality. The complete Source Water Assessment Report is available from Hebert Health Center or the Department of Health at 401 222-6867.

Some people may be more vulnerable to contaminants in drinking water than the general population. Immuno-compromised persons such as those 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).

Drinking water, including bottled water, may reasonably be expected to contain at ‘east 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 EPA’s Safe Drinking Water Hotline (8004264791).

The sources of drinking water (both tap water and bottled water) included 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 sources water before we treat it include: Microbial contaminants, such as viruses and bacteria, which may come from sewage treatment plants, septic systems, livestock operations and wildlife.

Inorqanic contaminants, such as salts and metals, which can be naturallyoccurring 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 storm water run-off, agriculture, and residential users.

Radioactive contaminants, which can be naturally occurring or the result of mining activity.

Orqanic contaminants, including synthetic and volatile organic chemicals, which are by-products of industrial processes and petroleum production, and also come from gas stations, urban storm water run-off, and septic systems.

In order to ensure that tap water is safe to drink, EPA prescribes regulation which limits the amount of certain contaminants 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.

Our water system is required to test a minimum of 1 samples per month in accordance with the Total Coliform Rule for microbiological contaminants. Coliform bacteria are usually harmless, but their presence in water can be an indication of disease-causing bacteria. When coliform bacteria are found, special follow-up tests are done to determine if harmful bacteria are present in the water supply. If this limit is exceeded, the water supplier must notify the public,

Water Quality Data

The following tables list all of the drinking water contaminants which were detected during the 2021 calendar year. The presence of these contaminants does not necessarily indicate the water poses a health risk. Unless noted, the data presented in this table is from the testing done January 1- December 31, 2021. The state requires us to monitor for certain contaminants less than once per year because the concentrations of these contaminants are not expected to vary significantly from year to year, Some of the data, though representative of the water quality, is more than one year old. Our water system makes every effort to provide you with safe drinking water.

Terms & Abbreviations

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. MCLGs allow for a margin of safety.

Maximum Contaminant Level (MCL): the “Maximum Allowed” MCL is 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. Secondary Maximum Contaminant Level (SMCL): recommended level for a contaminant that is not regulated and has no MCL.

Action Level (AL): the concentration of a contaminant that, if exceeded, triggers treatment or other requirements.

Treatment Technique (TT): a required process intended to reduce levels of a contaminant in drinking water.

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.

Non-Detects (ND): lab analysis indicates that the contaminant is not present.

Parts per Million (ppm) or milligrams per liter (mg/l)

Parts per Billion (ppb) or micrograms per liter (pg/l)

Picocuries per Liter (pCilL): a measure of the radioactivity in water.

Millirems per Year (mrem/yr): measure of radiation absorbed by the body.

Monitoring Period Average (MPA): An average of sample results obtained during a defined time frame, common examples of monitoring periods are monthly, quarterly and yearly.

Nephelometric Turbidity Unit (NTU): a measure of the clarity of water. Turbidity in excess of 5 NTIJ is just noticeable to the average person. Turbidity is not regulated for groundwater systems.

Running Annual Average (RAA): an average of sample results obtained over the most current 12 months and used to determine compliance with MCI-S.

Locational Runnina Annual Average (LRAA): Average of sample analytical results for samples taken at a particular monitoring location during the previous four calendar quarters.


Testing Results for: HEBERT HEALTH CENTER

Microbiolo ical





ical Source



No Detected Results were Found in the Calendar Year of 2021







Regulated Contaminants

Collection Date

Highest Value

Range low/high)




Typical Source






0.019 0.021




Discharge of drilling wastes; Discharge from metal refineries; Erosion of natural de osits






0 – 1




Dischar e from steel and ul mills







0 – 2




Discharge from rubber and chemical factories





B roducts

Sample Point

Monitoring Period



Range lowlhi h




Typical Source









4.62 – 4.62




Byproduct of drinking water disinfection




S stem



1 .05 – 1 05




Byproduct of drinking water disinfection


Lead and Copper

Monitoring Period



Range lowlhi h



Sites Over AL

Typical Source


coppER, FREE

2019 – 2021


0.027 – 0.79




Corrosion of household lumbin s stems



2019 – 2021


o – 76




Corrosion of household lumbin

s stems


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. Your water system 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.

Maximum Disinfection Level


MPA Units


RAA Units


2021 – 2021






Radiological Contaminants



Highest Value






Typical Source



RADIUM (-226 & 228



0 – 4.6

pc ill



Erosion of natural deposits



Please Note: Because of sampling schedules, results may be older than 1 year.

During the 2021 calendar year, we had the below noted violation(s) of drinking water regulations.

Federal Com liance Period

Anal e


No Violations Occurred in the Calendar Year of 2021


Additional Required Health Effects Language:

Infants and children are typically more vulnerable to lead in drinking water than the general population. it is possible that lead levels at your home may be higher than at other homes in the community as a result of materials used in your home’s plumbing. If you are concerned about elevated lead levels in your home’s water, you may wish to have your water tested and flush your tap for 30 seconds to 2 minutes before using tap water. Additional information is available from the Safe Drinking Water Hotline (800-426-4761).

There are no additional required health effects violation notices.

Drinking Water Lead Sample Results

Hebert Health Care is a public water system because we are responsible for providing you with water at this location and ensuring that the drinking water we provide to you meets state and federal standards. The following table provides information on the tap location, date, and drinking water sample result for lead.


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Result (parts per billion)



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0>001 Ing/

South. NV

5/ 4/2022




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Non X)etect

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No sample results were above the “lead action level” of 15 parts per billion (ppb).

What Does This Mean?

The action level is the concentration ofa contaminant which, aexceeded, trigers treatment or other requirements which a water system must follow. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has set the action level for lead in drinking water at 15 ppb.

This means utilities must ensure that tap water does not exceed 15 ppb in more than 10 percent of the taps sampled (90th percentile value). If water exceeds this limit, then the utility must take certain steps to correct the problem. Because lead may pose serious health risks, the EPA set a Maximum Contaminant Level Goal (MCLG) of zero for lead. The MCLG is the level ofa contaminant in drinking water below which there is no known or expected risk to health. MCLGs allowfor a margin ofsafety.

What Are The Health Effects of Lead?

Lead can cause serious health problems if too much enters your body from drinking water or other sources. Exposure to lead is a significant health concern, especially for young children and infants whose growing bodies tend to absorb more lead than the average adult. It can cause damage to the brain and kidneys, and can interfere with the production of red blood cells that carry oxygen to all parts of your body. Scientists have linked the effects of lead on the brain with lowered IQ in children. Adults with kidney problems and high blood pressure can be affected by low levels of lead more than healthy adults. Lead is stored in the bones, and can be released later in life. During pregnancy, the child receives lead from the mother’s bones, which may affect brain development.

What Are The Sources of Lead?

The primary sources of lead exposure for most children are lead-based paint, lead-contaminated dust, and leadcontaminated residential soil. Lead is found in older plumbing materials, some toys, some playground equipment, some children’s metal jewelry, and some traditional pottery.

What Can I Do To Reduce Exposure to Lead in Drinking Water?

Although test results were below EPA’s action level, you may still want to take steps to reduce your exposure.

Run your water to flush out lead. If water hasn’t been used for several hours, run water for 15-30 seconds to flush lead from interior plumbing or until it becomes cold or reaches a steady temperature before using it for drinking or cooking.

Use cold water for cooking and preparing baby formula.

• Do not boil water to remove lead.

  • Look for alternative sources or treatment of water (such • Re-test your water for lead periodically. as bottled water or water filters).
  • Identify and replace plumbing fixtures containing lead.

For More Information

Call us at (888) 377-7678. For more information on reducing lead exposure around your home and the health effects of lead, visit EPA’s Web site at www.eþa.gov/lead, call the National Lead Information Center at 800-424-LEAD, or contact your health care provider.