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2014 Annual Drinking Water Quality Report

City of Duquesne

12 S. Second Street

Duquesne, PA  15110

Water Department

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Este informe contiene informacion muy importante sobre su agua de beber.  Traduzcalo o hable con alguien que lo entienda bien.  (This report contains very important information about your drinking water.  Translate it, or speak to 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 the Municipal Authority of Westmoreland County (MAWC), which draws water from the Youghiogheny River, which means our water is classified as a “surface water supply”.  We are pleased to report that our drinking water meets federal and state requirements.

If you have any questions about this report or concerning your water utility, please contact Jean Dowdle at the City of Duquesne Water Department (412) 466-8535 or Municipal Authority of Westmoreland County Customer Service at 412-678-6065, Extension 11.  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 Wednesday of each month at 7:00 PM in Council Chambers, 2nd floor, City Hall, 12 S. Second Street, Duquesne, PA. 

The City of Duquesne 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, 2014.  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.

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 (800-426-4791). 

In this 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 (N/A) – not applicable

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

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

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.

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 (MCL) – The highest level of contaminant that is allowed in drinking water MCL’s are set as close to the MCLG 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 is necessary for control of microbial contaminants.

Maximum Residential Disinfectant Level Goal (MRDLG) – The level of drinking water disinfectant below which there is no known or expected risk to health.  MRDLG’s do not reflect the benefits of the use of disinfectants to control microbial contamination. 

    CONTAMINANT                 MCL              MCLG                   LEVEL                          RANGE                       DATE TESTED


15 ppb


0   90th Percentile

0 sites above AL




10.0 mg/L




1.3 mg/L

1.3 mg/L

0.27 mg/L  90th Percentile

0 sites above AL








80 ppb


65 ppb  

20-102 ppb


Haloacetic Acids

60 ppb


40 ppb

7-53 ppb



Gross Alpha Particles

15 pCi/L




Radium 226

5 pCi/L




Radium 228

5 pCi/L




Total Uranium

30 pCi/L




Chlorine Highest Avg.

4.0 mg/L



0.9 mg/L



As you can see by the table, Duquesne did not have any violations during the 2014 monitoring period.  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 constituents have been detected.

All sources of drinking water are subject to potential contaminants that are naturally occurring or manmade.  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.

A Source Water Assessment of our water sources was completed in 2003 by the Department of Environmental Protection (PA D.E.P.).  The Assessment has found that our source is potentially most susceptible to accidental pollution from industrial sites, combined sewer overflows, accidental spills along roadways and railways, rupture of gas pipelines, non-point sources of discharge from recreational and commercial boating and stormwater runoff from transportation corridors and urban areas.  Overall, our sources have little risk of significant contamination.  Summary reports of the Assessment are available by writing to the City of Duquesne, 12 S. Second St. Duquesne, PA  15110 and will be available on the PA D.E.P. website at www.depweb.state.pa.us (directLINK “source water”).  Complete reports were distributed to municipalities, water suppliers, local planning agencies and PA D.E.P.  Copies of the Management complete report are available for review at the PA D.E.P. Pittsburgh Regional Office, Records Management Unit at (412) 442-4000.

In order to ensure that tap water is safe to drink, EPA prescribes regulations which limit the amount of certain contaminants in water provided by public water systems.  FDA regulations establish limits for contaminants in bottled water, which must provide the same protection for public health. 

Thank you for allowing us to continue providing your family with clean, quality water this year.  In order to maintain a dependable water supply we sometimes need to make improvements that will benefit all of our customers.  These improvements are sometimes reflected as rate structure adjustments.  Thank you for understanding.  Please call our office if you have questions.  We at the City of Duquesne Water Department work around the clock to provide top quality water to every tap in the City.  We ask that all our customers help us protect our water sources, which are the heart of our community, or way of life and our children’s future.

Lead:   Infants and young children are typically more vulnerable to lead in drinking water than the general population. It is possible that lead levels at your home may be higher than at other homes in the community as a result of materials used in your home’s plumbing. If you are concerned about elevated lead levels in your home’s water, you may wish to have your water tested and flush your tap for 30 seconds to 2 minutes before using tap water. Additional information is available from the Safe Drinking Water Hotline at www.epa.gov/safewater/lead or 1-800-426-4791.

Next meeting will be held on July 8, 2015 at 7:00PM.

City Welcomes New Development and Jobs



Dura-Bond Industries is developing approximately 55 acres of land at the City Center of Duquesne.  The company has purchased property from RIDC and is constructing buildings for their pipe coating operation.  Dura-Bond is also acquiring property from Union Railroad for a pipe storage yard.


Dura-Bond is investing approximately $12 million in Duquesne in building a 3,000 sq. ft. office building, a 55,000 sq. ft. pipe coating building, infrastructure and site investments and new equipment.  75 new jobs are being created.  



Duquesne Mayor Phil Krivacek said "This is a tremendous investment for Duquesne and the Mon Valley.  This complements their McKeesport facility and company representatives advise that there may be additional expansion in the future.  We assisted them on their plans and in securing financial incentives to support the project.  As an Enterprise Zone we have financial incentives available to assist businesses in growth and job development."




Plaza Revitalization



At the Duquesne Plaza Shopping Center a Family Dollar store and a Cricket store joined the new Citi Trends store and the revitalized Save-A-Lot store.  The new owner of the plaza completed the renovation of the property to include a new fašade, repairing the parking lot and lighting and roofing improvements that helped in securing the new tenants.  One storeroom is available for lease.  Once this is completed the plaza will be 100% occupied.


Mayor Krivacek commented, "For years we've been seeking to improve this key property in the City.  The new owner pledged to make substantial improvements and bring in more retail stores.  Having a grocery store like Save-A-Lot is a great asset that many towns would like to have.  The new Save-A-Lot store is brighter, cleaner, and more up-to-date with new product lines.  Citi Trends, Family Dollar and Cricket offer new shopping opportunities for area residents.  We believe the revitalized center is the start of existing new development in the center of the City."


Grant Avenue Project Announced


Mayor Phil Krivacek and City Council recently announced plans to revitalize the Grant Avenue Corridor in the Center of the City.  Realizing the new investment at the Duquesne Plaza Shopping Center and the continued redevelopment at the RIDC City Center, City officials are now focusing on the revitalization of Grant Avenue.  The City has reached out to the Redevelopment Authority of the City of Duquesne and the Duquesne Business Advisory Corporation to partner with them on this initiative.


To this point a comprehensive survey of Grant Avenue properties has been undertaken, resources have been identified and a revitalization strategy is being discussed.


According to Mayor Krivacek, "A few years ago the City and our development partners prepared a plan for revitalizing the center of the City.  This resulted in helping us get a new owner of the Duquesne Plaza where over $1.5 million has been invested and we see new stores and jobs.  Also, we were able to secure funding from Allegheny County for our "Gateway Project" to dress up key intersections in the City's center.  We see an opportunity to continue the improvements and create new development opportunities along Grant Avenue."


Over the next few months the City and its development partners will be providing further information on the progress of Grant Avenue revitalization.








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