Rowan Water Inc. purchases water from the Morehead
(stormwater runoff, agriculture or residential uses).
Some or all of these definitions may be found in this report:
Utility Plant Board, which treats surface water from the
Organic chemical contaminants, including synthetic and
Licking River. Activities and land uses upstream of the
volatile organic chemicals, (by-products of industrial
Maximum Contaminant Level (MCL) - the highest level of a
source can pose potential risks to your drinking water.
processes and petroleum production, or from gas
contaminant that is allowed in drinking water. MCLs are set as
These activities, and how they are conducted, are of
stations, stormwater runoff, or septic systems).
close to the MCLGs as feasible using the best available treatment
interest to the entire community because they potentially
Radioactive contaminants, (naturally occurring or from
affect your health and the cost of treating your water.
oil and gas production or mining activities). In order to
Maximum Contaminant Level Goal (MCLG) - the level of a
Activities immediately upstream of your water supply
ensure that tap water is safe to drink, EPA prescribes
contaminant in drinking water below which there is no known or
intake are of special concern because they provide little
regulations that limit the amount of certain contaminants
expected risk to health. MCLGs allow for a margin of safety.
Water Quality Report 2017
response time to the water system operators. An analysis
in water provided by public water systems. FDA
Maximum Residual Disinfectant Level (MRDL) - the highest level of
of the susceptibility of the Morehead Utility Plant
regulations establish limits for contaminants in bottled
a disinfectant allowed in drinking water. There is convincing
evidence that addition of a disinfectant is necessary for control of
Board’s raw water supply to contamination indicates that
water to provide the same protection for public health.
microbial contaminants.
the susceptibility potential is generally moderate. There
Maximum Residual Disinfectant Level Goal (MRDLG) - the level of
are a few areas of high concern near the raw water
Some people may be more vulnerable to contaminants in
a drinking water disinfectant below which there is no known or
withdrawal site. Farming sites located in the area present
drinking water than the general population. Immuno-
expected risk to health. MRDLGs do not reflect the benefits of the
the possibility for the impact from the application of
compromised persons such as persons with cancer
use of disinfectants to control microbial contaminants.
pesticides and fertilizer. Bridges and major road ways
undergoing chemotherapy, persons who have undergone
Below Detection Levels (BDL) - laboratory analysis indicates that
used to access the Cave Run Lake recreational area also
organ transplants, people with HIV/AIDS or other
the contaminant is not present.
pose a threat to the intake should an accidental release of
immune system disorders, some elderly, and infants can
Not Applicable (N/A) - does not apply.
Parts per million (ppm) - or milligrams per liter, (mg/l). One part
a harmful substance be introduced into the water source.
be particularly at risk from infections. These people
per million corresponds to one minute in two years or a single
Another source of potential concern in the critical
should seek advice about drinking water from their
penny in $10,000.
protection area is a small wastewater package treatment
health care providers. EPA/CDC guidelines on
Parts per billion (ppb) - or micrograms per liter, (µg/L). One part
plant located in the area. Other sites of medium concern
appropriate means to lessen the risk of infection by
per billion corresponds to one minute in 2,000 years, or a single
include a marina, a fish hatchery, the presence of an
Cryptosporidium and other microbial contaminants are
penny in $10,000,000.
underground storage tank and a small grocery/gas
available from the Safe Drinking Water Hotline (800-
Parts per trillion (ppt) - one part per trillion corresponds to one
station, and a manufacturing industry. The complete
minute in 2,000,000 years, or a single penny in $10,000,000,000.
Parts per quadrillion (ppq) - one part per quadrillion corresponds
Source Water Assessment is available at the Water
to one minute in 2,000,000,000 years or one penny in
Treatment Plant for inspection.
Information About Lead:
Water System ID: KY1030375
If present, elevated levels of lead can cause serious
Manager: Jerry Patrick
Picocuries per liter (pCi/L) - a measure of the radioactivity in water.
Drinking water, including bottled water, may reasonably
health problems, especially for pregnant women and
Millirems per year (mrem/yr) - measure of radiation absorbed by
be expected to contain at least small amounts of some
young children. Lead in drinking water is primarily from
the body.
CCR Contact: Jerry Patrick
contaminants. The presence of contaminants does not
materials and components associated with service lines
Million Fibers per Liter (MFL) - a measure of the presence of
necessarily indicate that water poses a health risk. More
and home plumbing. Your local public water system is
asbestos fibers that are longer than 10 micrometers.
information about contaminants and potential health
responsible for providing high quality drinking water,
Nephelometric Turbidity Unit (NTU) - a measure of the clarity of
water. Turbidity has no health effects. However, turbidity can
effects may be obtained by calling the Environmental
but cannot control the variety of materials used in
provide a medium for microbial growth. Turbidity is monitored
Protection Agency's Safe Drinking Water Hotline (800-
plumbing components. When your water has been sitting
Mailing address:
because it is a good indicator of the effectiveness of the filtration
for several hours, you can minimize the potential for lead
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exposure by flushing your tap for 30 seconds to 2
Morehead, KY 40351
Variances & Exemptions (V&E) - State or EPA permission not to
The sources of drinking water (both tap water and
minutes before using water for drinking or cooking. If
meet an MCL or a treatment technique under certain conditions.
bottled water) include rivers, lakes, streams, ponds,
you are concerned about lead in your water, you may
Action Level (AL) - the concentration of a contaminant which, if
Meeting location and time:
reservoirs, springs, and wells. As water travels over the
wish to have your water tested. Information on lead in
exceeded, triggers treatment or other requirements that a water
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surface of the land or through the ground, it dissolves
drinking water, testing methods, and steps you can take
system shall follow.
Second Wednesday at 9:00 AM
naturally occurring minerals and, in some cases,
to minimize exposure is available from the Safe Drinking
Treatment Technique (TT) - a required process intended to reduce
the level of a contaminant in drinking water.
radioactive material, and may pick up substances
Water Hotline or at
This report is designed to inform the public about the
resulting from the presence of animals or from human
quality of water and services provided on a daily basis.
activity. Contaminants that may be present in source
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Our commitment is to provide a safe, clean, and reliable
water include: Microbial contaminants, such as viruses
muy importante sobre la calidad de su agua beber.
supply of drinking water. We want to assure that we will
and bacteria, (sewage plants, septic systems, livestock
Tradúzcalo o hable con alguien que lo entienda bien.
continue to monitor, improve, and protect the water
operations, or wildlife). Inorganic contaminants, such as
system and deliver a high quality product.
salts and metals, (naturally occurring or from stormwater
runoff, wastewater discharges, oil and gas production,
mining, or farming). Pesticides and herbicides,
Morehead Utility Plant Board Results
Rowan Water Results
The data presented in this report are from the most recent testing done in accordance with administrative regulations in 401 KAR Chapter 8. As
authorized and approved by EPA, the State has reduced monitoring requirements for certain contaminants to less often than once per year because
the concentrations of these contaminants are not expected to vary significantly from year to year. Some of the data in this table, though
representative, may be more than one year old.
Highest Single
Lowe st
Le ve ls
Me asure me nt
Monthly %
Like ly Source of Turbidity
Turbidity (NTU) TT
No more than 1 NTU*
* Representative samples
Less than 0.3 NTU in
Soil runoff
of filtered w ater
95% of monthly samples
Regulated Contaminant Test Results
Date of
Violation Likely Source of
[code] (units)
Le ve l
of Detection
Drilling wastes; metal
refineries; erosion of natural
Water additive which
promotes strong teeth
Fertilizer runoff; leaching
from septic tanks, sewage;
erosion of natural deposits
Total Organic Carbon (ppm)
Naturally present in
(measured as ppm, but
reported as a ratio)
(monthly ratios)
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