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Rocky Point Community Club

Water Quality Report


Consumer Confidence Report For the Year 2007

We’re pleased to present to you the 2007 Annual Water Quality Report. This report is designed to inform you about the quality of the water that was provided last year.  Included are details about where your water comes from, what it contains, and how it compares to Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and state standards.  We believe the information provides a valuable service to our customers.


Your drinking water is highly regulated by the EPA and is tested regularly.  Keeping pace with upgraded water testing and more stringent federal standards is a challenge but one that Rocky Point Community Club strongly supports.  Our constant goal is to provide you with a safe source of drinking water.


Who We Are………

Rocky Point Community Club is a water utility with 139 active connections.  Our Board of Directors consists of 8 members who work closely with Water & Wastewater Services, a certified water manager to bring you good quality water.  If you have any questions or concerns regarding this water utility, your water, or this report we will be happy to answer them.  We also urge you to attend the annual membership meeting held the first Saturday in May.  In case of emergency, please call Water & Wastewater Services, our water system manager, at 1-800-895-8821 or after regular hours at 1-360-336-6935.


Rocky Point Community Club water source consists of 2 wells, which are 224 and 200 feet deep. After the water is drawn from the wells it is stored in a reservoir with a storage capacity of 105,000 gallons.


Presence of Contaminants in Drinking Water

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 EPA’s Safe Drinking Water Hotline (800-426-4791).


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, radio-active 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 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 and residential


   -Radioactive contaminants, which are naturally occurring.

   -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.

 In order to ensure that tap water is safe to drink, EPA prescribes regulations which limit the amount of certain contaminants in water provided by public water systems.  We treat our water according to EPA’s regulations.

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).


Water Quality Data

The table below lists all the drinking water contaminants that were detected during the 2007 calendar year.  The presence of these contaminants in the water does not necessarily indicate that the water poses a health risk.  Unless otherwise noted, the data presented in this table is from testing done January 1 through December 31, 2007.  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.



MCLG (Maximum Contaminant Level Goal): the level of a contaminant allowed in drinking water below which there is no known or expected risk to health.  MCLG’s allow for a margin of safety.

MCL (Maximum Contaminant Level): 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.

AL (Action Level): the concentration of a contaminant which, when exceeded, triggers treatment or other requirements which a water system must follow.

ND (Not Detected)

ppm (parts per million or milligrams per liter (mg/L)): about the same as ˝ an aspirin tablet dissolved in a bathtub full (50 gallons of water)

ppb (parts per billion or micrograms per liter):  about the same as 1 dissolved aspirin tablet in a 100,000 gallon swimming pool.


Inorganic Contaminants



Rocky Point Water

Range of Detections

Sample Date


Typical Sources of Contaminant

Arsenic (ppb)







Erosion of natural deposits; runoff from orchards

Nitrate (ppm)







Runoff from fertilizer use

Microbiological Contaminants



Rocky Point Water

Range of Detections

Sample Date


Typical Sources of Contaminant

Total Coliform Bacteria







Naturally present in the environment

Additional Information for Lead in Drinking Water:  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.  Rocky Point Community Club 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


Additional Information for Arsenic:  While your drinking water meets EPA’s standard for arsenic, it does contain low levels of arsenic.  EPA’s standard balances the current understanding of arsenic’s possible health effects against the cost of removing arsenic from drinking water.  EPA continues to research the health effects of low levels of arsenic which is a mineral know to cause cancer in humans at high concentrations and is linked to other health effects such as skin damage and circulatory problems.


Additional Information for Total Coliform:  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.


We have learned through our monitoring and testing that some elements have been detected.  The EPA has

determined that your water IS SAFE at these levels. The table shows that our system uncovered some

problems this year.  The duration of the total coliform violations were brief.  We corrected this problem by immediately chlorinating and flushing the system.  The system was inspected to ensure the safety of the water.  We continue to monitor the water on a monthly basis and are working to prevent occurrences of this nature in the future.


Additional Information

Why does the taste and odor of my water sometimes differ?  Water naturally varies in taste and odor at different times of the year.  Taste and odor problems can also come from new or old pipelines, plumbing fixtures or changes in water quality.  Customers may notice changes during severe winter storms, when reservoirs are low, or during hot weather.  Water & Wastewater Services closely monitors such changes to ensure they do not affect the safety of the water.

Security – We all need to be careful!  While Washington State’s Division of Drinking Water has never been lax regarding this issue, they have implemented more stringent guidelines to be sure that all that can be done is being done to protect your quality water.  Four topics being focused on are 1) Emergency Response, 2) Sanitary Surveys, 3) Operator Certifications, and 4) Enforcement.  Rocky Point Community Club wholly support the DOH in these efforts and continue to do all that can be done to maintain good quality water.




- Check toilets for leaks.  Drop food coloring or a leak-detection tablet in the toilet tank.  If color appears in the

  bowl, there is a leak that requires immediate attention.

- Reduce the water level per flush by installing a water displacement device in the toilet tank.  A plastic bottle,

  weighted with water or sand works well.  Never use a brick.

- Install water-saving shower-heads or flow restrictors, which are available at local hardware stores and other

  retail outlets.

- Check faucets and pipes for leaks.  A small drip from a worn washer can waste 20 or more gallons a day.

  Larger leaks waste even more.

Kitchen & Laundry:

- Turn the dishwasher and washing machines on only when full.

- Buy and install a faucet aerator.

Lawn & Garden:

- Water only when needed.  Frequency depends on the type of plants and soil conditions.

- Water the lawn in the evening when evaporation is less likely to occur.  Avoid watering during the heat of the

  day or when windy.  Use a broom, not a hose when cleaning driveways and walkways.


Water services in your water system are being installed with, or upgraded to include a check valve that helps protect the water system from potentially harmful backflow.  The check valve causes the home to become a “closed system” and makes it susceptible to a dangerous condition called thermal expansion in the event of a hot water tank malfunction that over-heats/pressurizes the home’s plumbing.


Please ensure that your water heater has proper devices installed (T & P Valve, expansion tank, etc.) to protect against the possibility of thermal expansion by contacting the water heater manufacturer or a licensed plumber.


If you have any questions or concerns please call Bob, our water supervisor @ Water & Wastewater Services, @ 800-895-8821, ext. 202.  Thank you for your attention to this matter.

President, Eddie Black:

"As you can see from the report, we had an issue with Coliform Bacteria earlier in the year. We took the lower well off line and the problem seems to have corrected itself. We will continue to monitor the monthly reports to insure we have the best possible drinking water available to our members. Everything with the new reservoir seems to be functioning as advertised."


PO Box 562

Camano Island, WA  98282

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