Category: Utilities

“Flushable” wipes in our wastewater system

Empty paper goods aisle.

As store shelves become empty for everyday items such as toilet paper, “flushable” wipes, disinfection wipes, paper towels, and other cleaning supplies, The Borough wishes to remind you that wipes, even the ones that say “flushable”, and paper towels do not break down like toilet paper does in water.  Therefore, wipes and paper towels should not be flushed and should instead be thrown away with the trash.

Historically, flushing of wipes and paper towels has caused raw wastewater backups in people’s homes by wrapping around broken or misaligned drain pipe joints in sewer laterals between the home and the sewer main within the street.  The problems with flushing wipes and paper towels do not end at the house lateral pipe and have caused raw wastewater backups within the sewer main collection system, at pump stations by tangling within the pumps, and has caused mechanical breakdown at the wastewater treatment plant that is used to treat the wastewater and provide for disinfection.

Flushing of wipes and paper towels has become a significant concern in recent times due to the shortage of toilet paper and the potential need to utilize alternate means combined with increased cleaning/disinfection recommendations by the CDC for prevention of COVID–19 and other viral respiratory illnesses in households and community settings.

Help protect your ability to flush your toilet and do not flush if it isn’t toilet paper or human waste. All other miscellaneous items should be properly disposed of in the trash, The Borough thanks you for your help in advance as we collectively work together in these extraordinary times. Our goal is to ensure everyone has safe and adequate wastewater service.




PWSID #:  3060085



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.)


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.



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.


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)



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



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


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.



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.




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.




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



Online Bill Payment

Tired of taking the time to write out a check?   Tired of stopping by the borough office or making a trip the post office to pay your water, sewer and trash bill?  Love the frequent flyer miles and points?  Good news; you can now pay your trash, water, and sewer bill online using your credit card.   

Simply click the Paying Borough Bills tab at the top of your screen when you visit


Talking trash…

On May 22, 2018 Bernville Borough Council accepted the lowest bid, from Republic Services, for trash and recycling collection. The trash collection will go to year-round, once-a-week pick-up beginning

August 1, 2018. There will no longer be twice-a-week trash collection.  Recycling schedule remains the same.

The borough’s contract with Waste Management ends in July, and the borough bid out the services for garbage and recycling pick-up.  The new contract with Republic Services is a five-year contract.  Detailed information on the new program is attached to the Bernville Newsletter.  This includes a calendar with pick-up schedules and information regarding all of the bids.  Be sure to read all of the information, as some things—especially recycling measures—will change slightly.  Please note that residents may use their existing recycling bins.  As in the past, garbage cans and recycling bins may be placed at the curb no earlier than 6:00 p.m. the evening before a scheduled pick-up.