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2022 Drinking Water Report

Annual Drinking Water Quality Report

 City of LaMoure, North Dakota



We’re pleased to present to you this year’s Annual Drinking Water Quality Report. This report is designed to inform you about the safe clean water we deliver to you every day. Our constant goal is to provide you with a safe and 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 treated ground water purchased from the Southeast Rural Water District. This water is treated at the city of Lisbon’s water plant.


The cities of LaMoure and Lisbon (our water source) are participating in North Dakota’s Wellhead Protection Program. The North Dakota Department of Health has also prepared a Source Water Assessment for the cities of LaMoure and Lisbon. Information regarding these programs is available upon request.


Our water system, in cooperation with the North Dakota Department of Health, has completed the delineation and contaminant/land use inventory elements of the North Dakota Source Water Protection Program. Based on the information from these elements, the North Dakota Department of Health has determined that our source water is “moderately susceptible” (Lisbon Source) to potential contaminants. No significant sources of contamination have been identified.


If you have any questions about this report or concerning your water utility, please contact Gina Haugen, Auditor, at 701-883-5957. 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 second Monday of every month, 5:30 p.m. in City Hall. If you are aware of non-English speaking individuals who need help with the appropriate language translation, please call Gina Haugen at the number listed above.


The City of LaMoure would appreciate it if large volume water customers would please post copies of the year’s Annual Drinking Water Quality Report in conspicuous locations or distribute them to tenants, residents, patients, students, and/or employees, so individuals who consume the water, but do not receive a water bill, can learn about our water system.


The City of LaMoure routinely monitors for contaminants in your drinking water according to Federal and State laws. The table below shows the results of our monitoring for the period of January 1st to December 31st, 2022. 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 our data [e.g., for organic or inorganic contaminants], though representative, is more than one-year-old.


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 effects can be obtained by calling the EPA’s Safe Drinking Water Hotline (800-426-4791).


The sources of drinking water (both tap 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 storm water, industrial or domestic wastewater discharges, oil production, mining or farming.


Pesticides and herbicides, which come from a variety of sources such as agriculture, urban storm water 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 storm water runoff and septic systems.


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


To ensure that tap water is safe to drink, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) prescribes regulations which limit the number of certain contaminants in water provided by public water systems.


The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) regulations establish limits for contaminants in bottled water which must provide the same protection for public health.


In the following table, 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:


Not applicable (NA), No Detect (ND)


Parts per million (ppm) or Milligrams per liter (mg/l) – one part per million corresponds to one minute in two years or a single penny in $10,000.


Parts per billion (ppb) or Micrograms per liter (mg/l) – one part per billion corresponds to one minute in 2,000 years, or a single penny in $10,000,000.


Picocuries per liter (pCi/l) –Pico curies 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.


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


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


Maximum Contaminant Level Goal – The “Goal” (MCLG) is 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 is 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 contaminants.





Contaminant MCLG MCL Level




Range Date




Other Info

Likely Source of Contamination
Inorganic Contaminants
Arsenic 0.010 1000 3.63 ppb NA 2018 No Erosion of natural deposits; runoff from orchards; runoff from glass and electronics production wastes
Barium 2 2 0.0312 ppm NA 2018 No Discharge of drilling wastes; discharge from metal refineries; erosion of natural deposits
Chromium 100 100 1.36 ppb NA 2018 No Discharge from steel and pulp mills; erosion of natural deposits
Fluoride 4 4 0.982 ppm NA 2018 No Erosion of natural deposits; water additive which promotes strong teeth; discharge from fertilizer and aluminum factories
Nitrate-Nitrite 10 10 0.337 ppm NA 2018 No Runoff from fertilizer use; leaching from septic tanks, sewage; erosion of natural deposits
Copper .0442 AL=1.3 0.0427

90th %


ppm N/A 2022 0 sites exceeded


Corrosion of household plumbing systems; erosion of natural deposits; leaching from wood preservatives
Lead* 0 AL=15 3.04

90th %


ppb N/A 2022 0 sites exceeded


Corrosion of household plumbing systems, erosion of natural deposits
Radioactive Contaminants
Gross Alpha, Including RA,      Excluding RN & U 15 15 0.7 pCi/1 NA 2020 No Erosion of natural deposits
Radium, Combined    (226, 228) NA 5 0.71 pCi/1 NA 2020 No Erosion of natural deposits
Uranium, Combined NA 30 No Detect ppb -0.67 to 0.0 2020 No Erosion of natural deposits
Stage 2 Disinfection By-Products (TTHM/HAA5)
Total Halo acetic Acids (HAA5) NA 60 2 ppb N/A 2022 No By-product of drinking water chlorination
Total        Trihalomethanes (TTHMs) NA 80 7 ppb N/A 2022 No By-product of drinking water chlorination
Chloramine MRDLG =4 MRDL =4.0 1.6 ppm 1-2.2 2021 No Water additive used to control microbes
Unregulated Contaminants
Alkalinity, Carbonate N/A N/A 22   ppm 1-22 2020 No N/A
Alkalinity, Total N/A N/A 122 Ppm 103-122 2020 No N/A
Bicarbonate as HCO3 N/A N/A 145 ppm 96-145 2020 No N/A
Calcium N/A N/A 41.4 ppm 30.3-41.4 2020 No N/A
Conductivity @ 25 UMHOS/CM N/A N/A 932 umho/cm 684-932 2020 No N/A
Orthophosphate N/A N/A .097 ppm 0.031-.097 2020 No N/A
pH N/A N/A 9.18 ppm 8.37-9.18 2020 No N/A
TDS N/A N/A 578


ppm 424-578 2020 No N/A


As you can see by the table, our system had no violations. We’re proud that your drinking water meets or exceeds all Federal and State requirements. We have learned through our monitoring and testing that some contaminants have been detected. The EPA has determined that your water IS SAFE at these levels.


EPA requires monitoring of over 80 drinking water contaminants.  Those contaminants listed in the table above are the only contaminants detected in your drinking water.


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 microbiological contaminants are available from the Safe Drinking Water Hotline (1-800-426-4791).


*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 city of LaMoure is responsible for providing high quality drinking water, but cannot control the variety of materials used in plumbing components. Use water from the cold tap for drinking and cooking. 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 drinking 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.


Unregulated contaminants are those for which EPA has not established drinking water standards.  The purpose of unregulated contaminant monitoring is to assist EPA in determining the occurrence of unregulated contaminants in drinking water and whether future regulation is warranted.


MCL’s are set at very stringent levels. To understand the possible health effects described for many regulated contaminants, a person would have to drink 2 liters of water every day at the MCL level for a lifetime to have a one-in-a-million chance of having the described health effect.



In our continuing efforts to maintain a safe and dependable water supply it may be necessary to make improvements in your water system. The costs of these improvements may be reflected in the rate structure. Rate adjustments may be necessary in order to address these improvements.


Please call Gina Haugen, at 701-883-5957, if you have questions. The City of LaMoure works around the clock to provide top quality water to every tap.  We ask that all our customers help us protect our water sources, which are the heart of our community, our way of life, and our children’s future.