Supervisor Jeremy Wilber
Our beloved supervisor, Jeremy Wilber, has passed away. Jeremy served our community for 13 years and 1 day, making him Woodstock's longest serving supervisor. He served with a complete commitment to all its people. His abilities, his knowledge, his love of this community, and most of all his sincere pledge to make sure all voices were heard, will be missed. The employees of the town, the Woodstock Town Board and I, would like to express our heartfelt sympathy to Jeremy's family.
Deputy Supervisor Bill McKenna
Town of Woodstock 2016 Annual Water Quality report
Annual Drinking Water Quality Report for 2016
Town of Woodstock
45 Comeau Drive, Woodstock, NY 12498
(Public Water Supply Identification Number NY5503394)
To comply with State regulations the Woodstock Water District annually issues a report describing the quality of your drinking water. The purpose of this report is to raise your understanding of drinking water and awareness of the need to protect our drinking water sources. Last year, your drinking water met all State drinking water health standards. This report is a snapshot of last year’s water quality. Included are details about where your water comes from, what it contains, and how it compares to New York State standards. Our constant goal is and always has been, to provide to you 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 to protect our water resources. If you have any questions concerning this report or concerning your drinking water please contact: Mr. Larry Allen Jr., Water & Wastewater Superintendent, Town of Woodstock Water Department, 45 Comeau Drive., Woodstock, NY 12498; Telephone (845) 679-2356. We want our valued water users to be informed about their water service.
Where does our water come from?
The Woodstock Water District draws its water from a groundwater source. Groundwater or well water is stored below the surface of the earth in deep, porous rocks called “aquifers.” Groundwater is purified naturally as it filters through layers of soil, clay, rock and sand. This process, known as percolation, takes years to complete. As a result, groundwater requires less treatment than surface water. We are served by seven drilled wells, with a depth of 20 feet. The wells yield approximately 300,000 gallons per day. The water is disinfected with chlorine in the form of hypochlorite, and the pH is adjusted with sodium carbonate for corrosion control. Additionally, as part of our corrosion control program we feed Carus 8100 a blended phosphate solution. The wells are plumbed through two pumphouses and then into a series of storage tanks with a total capacity of 1.3 million gallons.
The source water assessment performed by the New York State Health Department has rated our source water having a high susceptibility to microbials and nitrates, and a medium to high susceptibility to industrial solvents, and other industrial contaminants. It should be noted that the SWAP looks at the untreated water only. Our water is treated to minimize the potential sources of contamination. The SWAP summary for our water supply is attached to this report.
In general, 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 activities. Contaminants that may be present in source water include microbial contaminants, inorganic contaminants, pesticides and herbicides, organic chemical contaminants, and radioactive contaminants. In order to ensure that tap water is safe to drink, the State and EPA prescribe regulations, which limit the amount of certain contaminants in water provided by public water systems. The State Health Department’s and the FDA’s regulations establish limits for contaminants in bottled water which must provide the same protection for public health.
Facts and figures
The Woodstock Water District provides water to 750 hook-ups serving a population of approximately 2,500 people. The Water District’s average daily demand is 115,000 gallons. Our single highest day was 350,000 gallons. The total water pumped was 42,848,000 gallons. A total of 36,168,625 gallons was billed to customers. As a result, a total of 6,079,375 gallons of water (or 14.2%) was lost through leaks, flushing tanks and hydrants, fighting fires and draining tanks. The charge for water in 2016 was $4.10 per 1000 gallons.
Are there contaminants in our drinking water?
In accordance with State regulations Woodstock Water District personnel routinely monitor your drinking water for numerous contaminants. We test your drinking water for inorganic contaminants, radiological contaminants, lead and copper, nitrate, volatile organic contaminants, and synthetic organic contaminants. In addition, we test (4) samples for coliform bacteria each month. The table presented below depicts which contaminants were detected in your drinking water. The State allows us to monitor for certain contaminants less than once per year because the concentrations of these contaminants are not expected to vary significantly from year to year. Some of the data, though representative of the water quality, is more than one year old and is noted.
It should be noted that all drinking water, including bottled drinking water, reasonably may be expected to contain at least small amounts of some contaminants. The presence of contaminants does not necessarily pose a health risk. More information about contaminants and potential health effects can be obtained by calling the EPA’s Safe Drinking Water Hotline (800-426-4791) or the Ulster County Health Department at 845-340-3150.
What does this information mean?
As you can see by the table on page 4, our system had no violations. We have learned through our monitoring and testing that some constituents have been detected; however, these compounds were detected below New York State requirements. MCL’s are set at very stringent levels. To understand the possible health effects described for many regulated constituents, 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.
Is our water system meeting other rules that govern operations?
During 2016, our system was in compliance with applicable State drinking water, operating, monitoring and reporting requirements
Do i need to take special precautions?
Although our drinking water met or exceeded state and federal regulations, some people may be more vulnerable to disease causing microorganisms or pathogens 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 from their health care provider about their drinking water. EPA/CDC guidelines on appropriate means to lessen the risk of infection by Cryptosporidium, Giardia and other microbiological pathogens are available from the Safe Drinking Water Hotline (800-426-4791).
Information On 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. The Town of Woodstock 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
During 2016 there were no major capital projects. There are no projects planned for 2017.
Water conservation tips
The Woodstock Water District encourages water conservation. There are a lot of things you can do to conserve water in your own home. Conservation tips include:
¨ Only run the dishwasher and clothes washer when there is a full load
¨ Use water saving showerheads
¨ Install faucet aerators in the kitchen and the bathroom to reduce the flow from 4 to 2.5 gallons per minute
¨ Check faucets, pipes and toilets for leaks and repair all leaks promptly
¨ Take shorter showers
In cases of drought or other water emergencies, the Woodstock Town Board may implement the following water restrictions:
¨ No watering of lawns or gardens.
¨ No washing of cars, driveways or sidewalks.
¨ No filling of pools.
Violations of these provisions of Section 8-4-5 of the Water District Regulations are punishable under Section 11.
Watch for notices concerning the Woodstock Water District in the Kingston Daily Freeman and the Woodstock Times. Questions may be directed to the Woodstock Town Clerk’s office at (845) 679-2113 extension 4.
Thank you for allowing us to continue providing your family with clean, quality water this year. In order to maintain a safe and dependable water supply we sometimes need to make improvements that will benefit our water users. We ask that all our water users help us protect our water sources, which are the heart of our community. Please call our office if you have questions.
As illustrated in the table, our monitoring and testing detected some contaminants; all other contaminants were below the maximum levels permitted by the State, known as the maximum contaminant levels (MCL). Many of the test results were NON DETECTABLE. The type/group (number of contaminants in each group) tested for were as follows: volatile organic compounds (52) +MTBE, synthetic organic compounds (38), asbestos, color, and radiological chemicals (4). The inorganic contaminants tested for were: iron, arsenic, barium cadmium, chromium, mercury, silver, selenium, zinc, antimony, beryllium, thallium and cyanide. The microbiological contaminants (2) total coliform, E. coli.
Woodstock Water District
Source Water Assessment Summary
The NYSDOH has completed a source water assessment for this system, based on available information. Possible and actual threats to this drinking water source were evaluated. The state source water assessment includes a susceptibility rating based on the risk posed by each potential source of contamination and how easily contaminants can move through the subsurface to the wells. The susceptibility rating is an estimate of the potential for contamination of the source water, it does not mean that the water delivered to consumers is, or will become contaminated. While nitrates were detected in our water, it should be noted that all drinking water, including bottled drinking water, may be reasonably expected to contain at least small amounts of some contaminants from natural sources. The presence of contaminants does not necessarily indicate that the water poses a health risk. See section “Are there contaminants in our drinking water?” for a list of the contaminants that have been detected. The source water assessments provide resource managers with additional information for protecting source waters into the future.
As mentioned before, our water is derived from 7 drilled wells. The source water assessment has rated these wells as having a high susceptibility to microbials and nitrates, and a medium to high susceptibility to industrial solvents, and other industrial contaminants. These ratings are due primarily to the close proximity of a permitted discharge facility (industrial/commercial facilities that discharge wastewater into the environment and are regulated by the state and/or federal government.) In addition, the wells draw from fractured bedrock and the overlying soils do not provide adequate protection from potential contamination. Please note that, while the source water assessment rates our well as being susceptible to microbials, our water is disinfected to ensure that that the finished water delivered into your home meets the New York State drinking water standards for microbial contamination.
A copy of this assessment, including a map of the assessment area, can be obtained by contacting us, as noted below:
WOODSTOCK WATER CONSERVATION
"As many have noticed, our streams are low at the moment. Although we urge everyone to conserve water at all times, there is no current water alert for the Woodstock Water District. Private wells, however, may be a different matter and we urge homeowners outside the Water District to pay close attention to their water usage and availability. We will keep Water District customers informed if strict water conservation measures are called for. In the meantime, everyone should do their best to conserve water whether it be officially called for or not."
Welcome to Woodstock
Enjoy Our Quiet Beauty!
Visiting Woodstock? Did you find a place to stay through Airbnb or a similar service? Welcome to Woodstock. BUT, one request that we have is that you PLEASE not make noise. You will be surprised to know how sound carries through our dells. PLEASE, join us in our quiet celebration of nature.
Are you renting your property out through Airbnb or a similar service? PLEASE, advise your guests to respect your neighbors and not make noise.
We have found that when this matter is brought to the attention of both visitors and renters that they bend over backwards to be a good neighbor. PLEASE pass this message on.
Woodstock Community Center Wall of Fame
Woodstock Community Center Wall of Fame
Woodstock Community Center Fund Drive
To have the Woodstock Community become a permanent part of the addition and renovation of the Community Center. Wood “bricks” are $100.00. Share one with a friend.
BUY A “BRICK” AND BECOME PART OF HISTORY ON THE WOODSTOCK WALL OF FAME!
Make checks payable to the Town of Woodstock. In memo: Mescal Hornbeck T&A.
More forms available at the Woodstock Town Clerk’s Office, 45 Comeau Drive, Woodstock, or for downloading from this site, under menu heading Community Center Fund Drive. To see our progress or to make a donation via PayPal, please visit www.woodstockcommunitycenter.org. A small fee applies to credit card donations. For larger donations or to contribute by purchasing one of the items on our donations page at www.woodstockcommunitycenter.org, please call
Cathy Magarelli at 845-679-2713.
HAZARD MITIGATION PLAN UPDATE JULY 2015
Attention Woodstock Residents
The Town of Woodstock is participating in the Ulster County Multi-Jurisdictional Hazard Mitigation Plan.
Below is a list of areas in Woodstock so far identified as possible hazard areas in times of flooding.
This list is available for inspection on the Town’s website (www.woodstockny.org), the Town’s Facebook page (go to Facebook, type in Town of Woodstock), at various Town bulletin boards and also at the Town Clerk’s Office at 45 Comeau Drive, Woodstock, 12498 NY.
If you feel that this list is not complete, please contact the Town Supervisor in writing and identify what you think is a potential hazard area in times of flooding; the mailing address is the same as the Town Clerk’s above, the email address is email@example.com. Town and County officials will look into your suggestion.
Your input is important in helping to create a safer community.
Town of Woodstock Index of Projects to be Included in the Ulster County Multi-Jurisdictional Hazard Mitigation Plan
As of July, 2015
Woodstock #1 - Mink Hollow Bridge Protection
Woodstock #2 - Move Highway Communications Antenna
Woodstock #3 - Bury Power Lines to Municipal Water Supply
Woodstock #4 - Wittenberg Road Culvert Replacement
Woodstock #5 - State Route 212 Bridge Upgrades
Woodstock #6 - Culvert Replacement- Bellows Lane Intersection
Woodstock #7 - Zena-Sawkill Road Stormwater Remediation
Woodstock #8 - Zena-Sawkill Road Culvert Replacement
Woodstock #9 - Glenford-Wittenberg Road Culvert Replacement
Woodstock #10 -Ohayo Mtn Rd Infrastructure Protection
Woodstock #11 -Preemptive Infrastructure Protection - Hutchin Hill Rd
Woodstock #12 -Preemptive Infrastructure Protection - Old Keefe Hollow
Woodstock #13 -Preemptive Infrastructure Protection - Sawkill Stream Debris
Woodstock #14 - Mink Hollow Stream Infrastructure Protection
Woodstock #15 -Upgrade of NYS Route 212- Stormwater Conveyance
Woodstock #16 -Relocate Existing Emergency Water Main Connection to Town Hall
Woodstock #17 - Mink Hollow Road Infrastructure Protection
Woodstock #18 - Mink Hollow Stream Hillslope Stabilization
Woodstock #19 - Route 212 Streambank Stabilization and Road Protection
Woodstock #20 - Ideal Park Road Bridge Protection
Woodstock #21 - Mink Hollow Bridge Capacity Evaluation & Analysis