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City Corner
Wednesday, June 26, 2013 • Posted June 27, 2013

The City, like most every business, has certain reports and documents that have to be completed and published every year. Some of them are due in late spring or early summer and we stay busy in the City office working to be sure that we meet most of the requirements set for us by the state and federal government. One of the more challenging from the standpoint of notifications and logistics is the annual Drinking Water Quality Report that is required by the federal EPA and monitored by the state TCEQ. Because the City provides drinking water to all of the households and businesses in town, we have to maintain safe and clean water and let all of our residents know all of the details regarding the treatment and any possible contaminants.

We have printed and mailed copies to every billing address for many years, but in January of this year EPA made a ruling that this Water Quality Report could be delivered electronically to our customers, as long as we made proper notification of the electronic address for the Report. If you would like to review the entire Report and learn a number of details about the City of Mason water system and the regulated contaminants, please go to http://www.mason.tx.citygovt.org/portals/MasonTX/2012WaterReport.pdf and view the recent 2012 report. This address has been set up specifically to link you to this most recent annual water report, and we also have a link on the City of Mason website that will take you to the report, although you will have to click on another button on the menu. To be sure that we let everyone know about this availability there is a boxed ad in this paper and there will be a special sticker on the back of every utility bill that the City sends out late this week. Our goal is that anyone who wants to review the information about our public water quality is aware of the web address and can find out the information they are needing.

If you have any trouble accessing this report or if you would like a paper copy of the report, we will be glad to help you at the City office. We have some paper copies already printed and available, and we can mail a copy to your address if you will call and request one. Also, if you have any further questions or would like information in Spanish, please call us at 347-6449 and we will work to get you all the information you need. The real story behind the report is that through careful monitoring and management of the water system over the past several years, we have lowered the average readings for the radioactive contaminants that naturally occur in our water to a level that is very near to the range of levels that is required by federal law, and we will continue to work on this issue until we can assure you that there is no health or safety issue with our public water supply. Also, we have provided a free access Reverse Osmosis dispensing station at the Eckert Civic Center for the past year and many of our residents take advantage of this service. We tested this water several months ago, and it is “perfectly” clean with no contaminates, and you can stop by and fill up your containers at any time so that fully compliant water is available to everyone in Mason if you wish to get it.

One other issue that has come up recently is the danger of fire and the increasingly dry conditions resulting from the daily temperatures and hot winds that have been blowing. We have not quite reached the point of the County Judge instituting a burn ban, but with the coming July 4th holiday the concern is that fireworks might cause significant problems. The Fire Marshall has told us that our “fire index” will be reaching dangerous levels in the next couple of weeks, and the spring rains that we have enjoyed have just provided a good start for the grass and weeds that can cause greater danger if a fire should start. It is against City Ordinances to shoot fireworks or light firecrackers in the City limits and the possibility of fire damage is certainly greater in town. The Fire Marshall has said that if any fire occurs as a result of fireworks there will be citations issues to one or all adults involved in the incident, and it would be wisest to avoid this problem entirely and either avoid fireworks or find a very safe and planned site for any displays. Our goal is not to take away your plans for fun during this summer, but we are encouraging everyone to have a safe and practical good time and not be the cause of any accidents or damages.

Your friend and neighbor, Brent Hinckley

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