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2021 Annual Moscow Water Quality Report

MOSCOW — The City of Moscow has released the Annual Water Quality Report for water testing performed in 2021 using Moscow’s six wells which draw water from two underground aquifers.

This edition covers all testing completed from January 1 through December 31, 2021.

“Over the years, we have dedicated ourselves to producing water drinking water that meets all state and federal drinking water standards,” the City of Moscow said. “We continually strive to adopt new and better methods for delivering the best quality drinking water to you. As new challenges to drinking water safety emerge, we remain vigilant and meet the challenges of source water protection, water conservation, and community education while continuing to serve the needs of all out water users.”

Below is the test results:

To ensure that tap water is safe to drink, the U.S EPA prescribes regulations limiting the amount of certain contaminants in water provided by public water systems.

Substances 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, or wildfire.
  • INORGANICCONTAMINANTS, ring or may 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 CONTAMINATES, including synthetic and volatile organic chemicals, which are by-products of industrial processes and petroleum production, and may also come from gas stations, urban stormwater runoff, and septic systems.
  • RADIOACTIVE CONTAMINANTS, which can be naturally occurring or may be the result of oil and gas production and mining activities.

A Source Water Assessment for the City of Moscow was completed in 2001. The assessment determined that wells #2 and #3 have overall higher susceptibility risk ratings compared to Wells #6 #8 and #9. However, the City of Moscow has never had a sample exceed the Maximum Containment Level for the possible contaminants.

The City explained some people may be more vulnerable to contamination 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.

If you have any questions regarding the Annual Water Quality Report, please contact Kyle Steele at 208.883.7133 or visit the Public Works and Services Administration Building at 201 N. Main Street in Moscow, Idaho.