Last updated June 18, 2014

 

It is a distinct pleasure to welcome residents, businesses and visitors to historic Wellsboro Borough. This web site contains information on many different organizations and aspects of the Borough of Wellsboro. If you would like more information, please email borowell@epix.net or call (570) 724-3186. Your suggestions are welcome.

Wellsboro, the County Seat, was incorporated March 16, 1830 and sits in the geographical center of Tioga County in the lush green valley formed by the intersection of the Kelsey, Morris, and Charleston creeks.

The Borough Office is located at 14 Crafton Street. All Borough meetings are held in the Council meeting room. Monday through Friday office hours are 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

A six member Council governs the Borough. The Mayor acts as a tiebreaker for voting purposes and oversees the Police Department, which is located at 28 Crafton Street.

Borough Council plays an active role in Borough affairs, governing old and creating new legislation for the 3348 residents, and setting the tax rate (currently 6.33 mills). Tax dollars provide for Parks and Recreation, Police Protection, Zoning, Land Use and Subdivisions, a Garbage Collection and Recycling Program, Street and Bridge Maintenance, Street Lighting, and Water/Waste Water Facilities. User fees are also charged, based on consumption, for water, sewer, and garbage usage.

Borough Manager

The Borough Manager was hired by the Borough Council to direct the daily operations of the borough.  The Manager coordinates and directs the work of the borough departments, prepares an annual budget for Council approval, and implements policy decisions of the Council.

This website was partially funded by a grant from the Northern Tier Regional Planning and Development Commission in Towanda, PA.

2013 Annual Drinking Water Quality Report

PWSID# 2590042 - Wellsboro Municipal Authority

 

Este informe contiene información importante acerca de su agua potable. Haga que alguien lo traduzca para usted, ó hable con alguien que lo entienda. (This report contains important information about your drinking water. Have someone translate it for you, or speak with someone who understands it.)

 We're pleased to present to you this year's Annual Drinking Water Quality Report. This report is designed to inform you about the quality water and services we deliver to you every day. Our constant goal is to provide you with a dependable supply of drinking water. We want you to understand the efforts we make to continually improve the water treatment process and protect our water resources. We are committed to ensuring the quality of your water. Our water source is a combination of well water and surface water sources located inCharleston andDuncanTownships

 We have a source water assessment report available from our office that provides more detailed information such as potential sources of contamination.  A summary of our water system’s susceptibility to potential sources of contamination follows:  A Source Water Assessment of the sources, which supply water to the Wellsboro Filtration Plant, was completed in 2004 by the PA Department of Environmental Protection (PADEP).  The Assessment has found that the sources are potentially most susceptible to agricultural activity and roadway spills, deicing materials and on lot septic systems. Overall, our sources have little, risk of significant contamination.  Summary reports of the Assessment are available by writing to Jack McKernan,203 W. Third Street, Suite 101,Williamsport,Pa.17701. Complete reports were distributed to municipalities, water supplier, local planning agencies and PADEP offices.  Copies of the complete report are available for review at the PADEP North Central Regional Office, Records Management Unit at (570) 327-3693.

 This report shows our water quality and what it means.

If you have any questions about this report or concerning your water utility, please contact Dan Brought at the Borough Office, (570) 724-4604.  We want our valued customers to be informed about their water utility. If you want to learn more, please attend any of our regularly scheduled meetings. They are held on the 3rd Tuesday each month at 4 pm.

 The Wellsboro Municipal Authority routinely monitors for constituents in your drinking water according to Federal and State laws.  This table shows the results of our monitoring for the period of January 1st to December 31st, 2013. All drinking water, including bottled drinking water, may be reasonably expected to contain at least small amounts of some constituents.  It's important to remember that the presence of these constituents does not necessarily pose a health risk.

In the table  to follow you will find many terms and abbreviations you might not be familiar with.  To help you better understand these terms we've provided the following definitions:

 

ppm Parts per million or Milligrams per liter (mg/l)        ppb Parts per billion or micrograms per liter (ug/l)

 

pCi/L Picocuries per liter is a measure of the radioactivity in water.

 

Action Level (AL) – The concentration of a contaminant which, if exceeded, triggers treatment or other requirements which a water system must follow. 

 

Nephelometric Turbidity Unit (NTU) - Nephelometric turbidity unit is a measure of the clarity of water. Turbidity in excess of 5 NTU is just noticeable to the average person.

 

Maximum Contaminant Level (MCL) The highest level of a contaminant that is allowed in drinking water.  MCL’s are set as close to the MCLGs as feasible using the best available treatment technology.

 

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

 

Maximum Residual Disinfectant Level (MRDL)The highest level of a disinfectant allowed in drinking water.  There is convincing evidence that addition of a disinfectant in 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 contamination.

 

Minimum Residual Disinfectant Level (MinRDL) The minimum level of residual disinfectant required at the entry point to the distribution system.

 

Treatment Technique (TT) - A required process intended to reduce the level of a contaminant in drinking water.

Chemical Contaminants
Chemical Contaminant
MCL in CCR Units
MCLG
Highest Level Detected
Range in Detections
Units
Sample Date
Violation Y/N
Sources of Contamination
Barium
2
2
0.138
-
ppm
09/2013
N
Discharge of drilling wastes; Discharge from metal refineries; Erosion of natural deposits
Total Trihalomethanes (TTHM)
80
N/A
96
28.9 – 96
ppb
06/13
N
By-product of drinking water chlorination
Haloacetic Acids (HAA)
60
N/A
20.3
2.16 – 20.3
ppb
06/13
N
By-product of drinking water chlorination
Fluoride
2
2
0.123
-
ppm
9/10/13
N
Erosion of natural deposit
Arsenic
10
10
1
-
ppb
9/13
N
Erosion of natural deposits
Antimony
6
6
0.0001
-
ppm
9/13
N
Discharge from petroleum
Chlorine
MRDL = 4
MRDLG = 4
1.33
0.80 – 1.33
ppm
06/13
N
Water Additive Used to Control Microbes

 

Lead/Copper

Contaminant

Action Level (AL)

MCLG

90th Percentile Value

Units

# of Sites Above AL of Total Sites

Violation of TT Y/N

Sources of Contamination

Lead

15

0

0

ppb

0 of 20

N

Corrosion of household plumbing

Copper

1.3

0

0.57

ppm

0 of 20

N

Corrosion of household plumbing

 

Entry Point Disinfectant Residual

Contaminant

Minimum Disinfectant

Residual

Lowest

Level Detected

Range of Detections

Units

Sample Date

Violation Y/N

Sources of Contamination

Chlorine

0.20

0.96

0.96 - 2.13

ppm

08/13

N

Water additive used

 

Turbidity

Contaminant

MCL

MCLG

Level Detected

Sample Date

Violation (Y/N)

Source of Contamination

Turbidity

TT = 2.0 NTU for a single measurement

0

0.95

08/07/13

N

Soil Runoff

TT = at Least 95%of monthly samples < 1.0 NTU

100%

08/07/13

N

 

Total Trihalomethanes - TTHM (ppb)

Some people who drink water containing trihalomethanes in excess of the MCL over many years may experience problems with their liver, kidneys, or central nervous systems, and may have an increased risk of getting cancer.

 

Turbidity (NTU)

Turbidity has no health effects.  However, turbidity can interfere with disinfection and provide a medium for microbial growth.  Turbidity may indicate the presence of disease causing organisms.  The organisms include bacteria, viruses, and parasites that can cause symptoms such as nausea, cramps, diarrhea, and associated headaches.

 

We constantly monitor for various constituents in the water supply to meet all regulatory requirements. This past year our CCR report was received by the department before the required deadline.  All monitoring and analysis are currently being conducted.no violations noted.

  

Inadequately treated water may contain disease-causing organisms.  These organisms include bacteria, viruses, and parasites, which can cause symptoms such as nausea, cramps, diarrhea, and associated headaches. The primary concern is Cryptosporidium and the following is information on this potential disease causing organism.

 

Cryptosporidium       

Cryptosporidium is a microbial pathogen found in surface water throughout theU.S.  Although filtration removes cryptosporidium, the most commonly-used filtration methods cannot guarantee 100 percent removal.  Ingestion of cryptosporidium may cause cryptosporidiosis, an abdominal infection.  Symptoms of infection include nausea, diarrhea, and abdominal cramps.  Most healthy individuals can overcome the disease within a few weeks.  However, immuno-compromised people are at greater risk of developing life-threatening illness.  We encourage immuno-compromised individuals to consult their doctor regarding appropriate precautions to take to avoid infection.  Cryptosporidium must be ingested to cause disease, and it may be spread through means other than drinking water.

 

All sources of drinking water are subject to potential contaminants that are naturally occurring or man made.  Those contaminants can be microbes, organic or inorganic chemicals, or radioactive materials.  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 the water poses a health risk. More information about contaminants and potential health effects can be obtained by calling the Environmental Protection Agency’s Safe Drinking Water Hotline at 1-800-426-4791.

 

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, radioactive 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, urban stormwater

  runoff, and residential uses.

- Organic chemical contaminants, including synthetic and volatile organic chemicals, which are byproducts or

   industrial process and petroleum production and mining activities.

 

Information about Lead

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. Wellsboro Municipal Authority 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.

 

Please call our office if you have questions.