Vermillion's H2O is A-OK Vermillion Water Superintendent Vernon Hasenbank regularly tests the city's water supply. People with questions about water quality may contact Hasenbank by calling 677-7079. by David Lias Vermillion's water supply passed several environmental tests with flying colors in 1999, according to information released by the city's water department.
Last year Vermillion tested for more than 80 drinking water contaminants. Contaminants detected between Jan. 1 and Dec. 31, 1999 include arsenic, copper, lead, nitrate, nitrite, alpha emitters and trihalomethanes.
The highest level detected of each of these contaminants fell well below the highest level allowed in drinking water.
Vermillion's water department serves more than 10,130 customers with an average .76 million gallons of water per day. The city's water supply comes from groundwater pumped from local wells.
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 charges, oil and gas production, mining or farming.
* Pesticides and herbicides, which may come from agriculture, stormwater runoff and residential uses.
* Organic chemical contaminants, including synthetic and volatile organic chemicals which are by-products of industry and petroleum.
* Radioactive contaminants, which can be naturally occurring or be the result of oil and gas production and mining activities.