Bernville Community Day 2019

Bernville Borough Community Day 2019

Umbenhauer Park 

This year’s Community Day looks to be even bigger than last year, with a variety of family-friendly events all day, starting early and ending with the annual fireworks show.  Here’s an overview of how the day looks so far:

Starting Time End Time Event/Activity 
7:00 AM 8:30 AM 2nd Annual Bernville Community Day 5k Registration.  Click HERE to register or stop by the library for a form.
8:30AM 9:00 AM Cub Scouts – Flag Raising & National Anthem by Leslea Rodig
9:00 AM 9:45 AM 2nd Annual Bernville Community Day 5k.  Click HERE to register or stop by the library for a form.
10:00 AM 11:00 AM Vendor fair check-in & set-up.  To register as a vendor click HERE
10:15 AM 11:00 AM 2nd Annual Bernville Community Day 5k Awards
11:00 AM 4:00 PM Vendor Fair.   To register as a vendor click HERE
12:00 PM Bernville Area Community Library and Bernville Heritage & Cultural Society Silent Auction
12:30 PM 1:30 AM Bernville’s Got Talent.  Click HERE to register
Boyer’s Basket Walk
2:00 PM 4:00 PM Karaoke sponsored in part  by ACSP Computers
3:00 PM 3:30 PM Delivery of baked goods to pavilion for baking contest.  Quick Breads & Drop Cookies.    Click HERE to register.
4:00 PM Judging of baked goods & action.  Click HERE to register.
4:00 PM 6:00 PM Music sponsored by the Bernville Legion
5:00 PM 7:00 PM Cow Pie Bingo organized by Tulpehocken Boys UK Soccer Tour 2020
5:00 PM 8:00 PM Art Bus sponsored by Penn Bernville Elementary PTO
6:30 PM 8:30 PM Music & Entertainment by Curt Daub sponsored by The Cotton Candy House
9:15 PM Fireworks sponsored by  Bernville Borough & Redner’s

Activities to look forward to in the park include: a silent auction, used book sale, baking contest, Boyer’s Basket Walks, water balloon battles, and plenty of good food for sale.  Aulenbach winery will be selling their wine, along with a soft pretzel truck.

For more details and updates, check out bernvilleborough.org often or the borough’s Facebook page.

Bernville Community Day will be held rain or shine.  Remember to bring a chair, picnic blankets will be available for rent, and includes premium seating for the fireworks.  As always, admission is free, and everyone is welcome


Thank you to our Community Sponsors:

      

 

For more information about Bernville Community Day please contact communityday@cottoncandyhouse.com or call 570.573.5677

2019 ANNUAL DRINKING WATER QUALITY REPORT

2019 ANNUAL DRINKING WATER QUALITY REPORT

PWSID #:  3060085

BERNVILLE WATER 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.)

WATER SYSTEM INFORMATION:

This report shows our water quality and what it means. If you have any questions about the report or concerning your water utility please contact Michael Kreiser at telephone number (797) 228-7419.   We want our valued customers to be informed about their water utility.

 

SOURCE(S) OF WATER:

In 2018 we operated on one protected well, pumped to a water treatment plant, where water is treated to meet state/federal requirements, and then treated water is sent to a storage tank for potable use.

 

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

 

Monitoring Your Water:

We routinely monitor for contaminants in your drinking water according to federal and state laws.  The following tables show the results of our monitoring for the period of January 1 to December 31, 2018.  The State allows us to monitor for some contaminants less than once per year because the concentrations of these contaminants do not change frequently.  Some of our data is from prior years in accordance with the Safe Drinking Water Act.  The date has been noted on the sampling results table.

DEFINITIONS:

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

Maximum Contaminant Level (MCL) – 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 (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 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.

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

ppb = parts per billion, or micrograms per liter (μg/L)

ppm = parts per million, or milligrams per liter (mg/L)

 

DETECTED SAMPLE RESULTS:

Chemical Contaminants
Contaminant MCL in CCR Units MCLG Level Detected Range of Detections Units Sample Date Violation Y/N Sources of Contamination
Arsenic 10 10 6 6 ppb 03/18 N Erosion of natural deposits; Runoff form orchards; Runoff from glass and electronics production wastes
Antimony 6 6 5.2 5.2 ppm 03/18 N Discharge from petroleum refineries; fire retardants; ceramics; electronics; solder
Barium 4 4 0.84 0.84 ppm 03/18 N Discharge of drilling wastes; Discharge from metal refineries; Erosion of natural Deposits
Chlorine 4 4 1.13 0.18 – 1.13 ppm 01/18 N Water additive used to control microbes
Nitrate 10 10 2.82 2.82 ppm 04/18 N Runoff from fertilizer use; Leaching from septic tanks, sewage; Erosion of natural deposits
Selenium 50 50 3 3 Ppb 03/18 N Discharge from petroleum and metal refineries; Erosion of natural deposits; Discharge from mines.
HAA5’s 60 n/a 2.51 2.51 Ppb 08/18 N By-product of drinking water disinfection
TTHM’s 80 n/a 16.3 16.3 Ppb 08/18 N By-product of drinking water disinfection

*EPA’s MCL for fluoride is 4 ppm.  However, Pennsylvania has set a lower MCL to better protect human health.

 

 

 

Entry Point Disinfectant Residual
Contaminant Minimum Disinfectant

Residual

Lowest

Level Detected

Range of Detections Units Sample Date Violation Y/N Sources of Contamination
Chlorine 0.4 0.66 0.66 – 1.89 ppm 06/03/2018 N Water additive used to control microbes.

 

 

Lead and Copper
Contaminant Action Level (AL) MCLG 90th Percentile Value Units # of Sites Above AL of Total Sites Violation Y/N Sources of

Contamination

Lead 15 0 1 ppb 0 N Corrosion of household plumbing.
Copper 1.3 1.3 0.266 ppm 0 N Corrosion of household plumbing.

 

DETECTED CONTAMINANTS HEALTH EFFECTS LANGUAGE AND CORRECTIVE ACTIONS:

Arsenic:  While your drinking water meets EPA’s standard for arsenic, it does contain low levels of arsenic.  EPA’s standard balances the current understanding of arsenic’s possible health effects against the costs of removing arsenic from drinking water.  EPA continues to research the health effects of low levels of arsenic which is a mineral known to cause cancer in humans at high concentrations and is linked to other health effects such as skin damage and circulatory problems.

 

 VIOLATIONS:

 

Late reporting of the chlorine residual taken on 08/27/18 along with the coliform sample collected at site 700. It was due to be reported by 09/10/18 but was not reported until 10/02/18. The residual itself was 0.23mg/l which is acceptable in the distribution.

 

EDUCATIONAL INFORMATION:

 

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 run-off, 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 by‑products of industrial processes and petroleum production, and can also come from gas stations, urban stormwater runoff, and septic systems.
  • Radioactive contaminants, which can be naturally-occurring or be the result of oil and gas production and mining activities.

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

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

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.  Bernville Water 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.

 

 

Oops, Large trash day didn’t go just as planned today… but we have a solution.

Okay, so sometimes things just don’t go as planned… Today, just happened to be one of those days.  While we were under the belief that large trash day was today, the contracted company believed it was next Saturday.   DOT regulations will make it difficult to have it picked up on Sunday, so the next best solution is it will be picked up on Monday.   If you already have your large trash out, please feel free to leave it out and it will be picked up on Monday.

Arbor Day Celebrations in Umbenhauer Park

Bernville Borough is recognized for its 28th year as a Tree City USA Community by the Arbor Day Foundation.   This is in no small part due to dedicated efforts of Tom Vanzin, the Shade Tree Commission and countless numbers of volunteers who give up their time to help Bernville be a great community to live and play in.  More information about Arbor Day can be found at www.arborday.org

 

Boyer’s graciously continues to support our Arbor Day event by treating participants to a picnic lunch.

 

Participants at the 2019 Arbor Day event.

 

Scouts assist in planting the Arbor Day tree, a red maple.

 

Boy Scouts display the Tree City USA banner.

 

Girl Scouts display the Tree City USA banner which flies at Borough Hall during the year.

Bernville Borough Memorial Day Parade

In keeping with the tradition, in Bernville, of honoring the men and women who died while serving our great country, we will once again be having a Memorial Day parade on Monday, May 27th, 2019. However, this year we are asking for your help in preserving the legacy of this event by helping us grow. We are looking to once again bring back the tractors and horses (and add new ideas as well). If you happen to be able to help with this, your talent would be greatly appreciated. Please contact Shawn at 570.573.5677 or shawn@bernvilleborough.org

The parade will lineup at Penn-Bernville Elementary at 1 p.m., starting down Main Street at 2 p.m. and ending with a Memorial service in Umbenhauer Park. The Memorial Day Parade is funded by the community, donation checks can be made payable to The Bernville Parade Committee and mailed to P.O. Box 40; Bernville PA 19506. (photo courtesy of the Reading Eagle)

Bernville Borough Arbor Day

Bernville Borough Arbor Day – Saturday, May 4th at Umbenhauer Park, rain or shine. We invite you to join us for the park clean-up, or ceremony, or both! Clean-up starts at 9 a.m. and includes mulching trees, light tree pruning, leaf raking, and general park “sprucing-up.” Our Arbor Day ceremony begins at 11 a.m. and will include the planting of this year’s Arbor Day tree.

Sponsored by the Bernville Borough Shade Tree Commission

Come W(h)ine with the Mayor

Do you have an idea or a talent you would like to lend to your community?  Do you have a concern or question about your community?  The Mayor of Bernville invites you to join him for a glass of wine* and appetizers on Saturday, April 13, 2019 from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Bernville Area Community Library to share with him your ideas, talents, and thoughts.

*You must be at least 21 years of age to drink.  Bottled water and soda will also be provided.  This event is paid for and sponsored by Shawn. Raup-Konsavage, using private funding.  This event is not sponsored or endorsed by the borough of Bernville or its council.