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2013 Annual Drinking Water Quality Report
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Size: 130K
Last Updated: 2014/7/1
Size: 41K
Last Updated: 2014/7/1
for the calendar year 2013
Town of West Stockbridge
Public Water System ID# 1326000
21 State Line Road
Box 525
West Stockbridge, MA 01266
 (413)232-0309 (p)
(413)232-7195 (f)
Contact: Michael Buffoni, Licensed Operator

Your drinking water source
The Town operates and maintains both a primary and back-up well located in a 12 acre town-owned Zone II protected zone behind the Gaston property, off of Swamp Road. The Primary well has a depth of 50' and pumps at a volume of 70 gallons per minute (GPM). The back-up well is also at 50' and pumps at 50 gpm. The average constant pressure throughout the system is between 60 and 80 pounds per square inch (psi). This past year, a storage tank (located off of Lenox Mt. Rd.) came on line and has a capacity of 150,000 gallons. In addition to equalizing pressure throughout the system, the tank provides a three day emergency supply of safe drinking water in the event of an emergency.
The only water treatment that the Town employs is "AquaMag". Inserted at the pump station, AquaMag sequesters (keeps in solution) the compounds, which cause hardness in water. By keeping these compounds in solution, clogging which results in the failure of tankless hot water heaters in household boilers when water is heated is reduced. A Source Water Assessment, a comprehensive evaluation of our water source is available for viewing in the Selectmen's Office at the Town Hall.
Today, the West Stockbridge Water Department provides abundant and pure drinking water supplied under high and consistent pressure. The majority of the system infrastructure is less than 10 years old, thereby ensuring uninterrupted and dependable water service and quality for generations to come.

PWS ID # 1326000
Water problems, meter problems, leaks, water quality and pressure, and miscellaneous questions:
        West Stockbridge Water and Sewer Department
        232-0309 phone          232-7195 fax  
Billing information, account information, and water service information:
        West Stockbridge Town Hall
        232-0300x302 phone              232-7195 fax
Emergency water problems:
        West Stockbridge Police Department              232-8500
Water Department personnel:
        Curt Wilton, Highway Superintendent             232-0305 phone
        Michael Buffoni, Licensed Operator              298-4067/232-0309, phone
West Stockbridge Sewer and Water Commissioners:
The Commission meets on the third Wednesday of each month at 6:30 PM  at the Village School meeting room, State Line Road. All meetings are open to the public who are encouraged to attend. If you wish to be placed on an upcoming agenda, please call 232-0300x319.
All technical information, including water quality data, related to the source and distribution system is on file at the Town Hall and is available for inspection by calling 232-0300x319.

Substances found in tap water
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 mineral, and in some cases, radioactive material.  It 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 agricultural, urban stormwater runoff, and residential uses.

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.

Radioactive contaminants -which can be naturally occurring or be the result of oil and gas production and mining activities.

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.
Radioactive contaminants -which can be naturally occurring or be the result of oil and gas production and mining activities.

In order to ensure that tap water is safe to drink, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) prescribes regulations that limit the amount of certain contaminants in water provided by public water systems.  The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) regulations establish limits for contaminants in bottled water that must provide the same protection for public health.  All 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 Safe Drinking Water Hotline at 800-426-4791.
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 some infants can be particularly at risk from infections.  These people should seek advice about drinking water from their health care providers.  EPA/Centers for Disease Control guidelines on appropriate means to lessen the risk of infection by Cryptosporidium are available from the Safe Drinking Water Hotline at 800-426-4791.

important definitions
Terms and Abbreviations:

Maximum Contaminant Level Goal (MCLG):  the level of a contaminant in drinking water below which there is no known or expected risk to health. MCLG's allow for a margin of safety.
Maximum Contaminant Level (MCL):  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.
Action Level (AL):  the concentration of a contaminant which, when exceeded, triggers treatment or other requirements which a water system must follow.
n/a: not applicable, no let limits.
nd:  not detectable at testing limit.
ppb:  parts per billion or micrograms per liter.
ppm:  parts per million or milligrams per liter.
pCi/l:  picocuries per liter (a measure of radiation).

Lead and Copper: 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. The Town of West Stockbridge Municipal 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 you 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

West Stockbridge Water Department
Year 2013 Water Quality Data:

Date Tested
.35 mg/l
10.0 mg/l
Septage leaching

Disinfectants and Disinfection by-products:

Date Tested
0.15 ug/l
2.0 ug/l
By-product of rocket fuel, fireworks

No other tests done in the past year produced undetectable results (ND).

Town of West Stockbridge 21 State Line Road, West Stockbridge, MA 01266
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