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PFAS WATER INFORMATION

WHAT ARE PFAS?

According to the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency (IEPA), Per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) are a group of group of man-made chemicals that includes PFOA, PFOS, GenX, and many other chemicals. PFAS have been manufactured and used in a variety of industries around the globe, including in the United States since the 1940s. PFAS are utilized for a variety of applications ranging from water and stain-proofing to firefighting. PFAS persist in the environment and may contaminate surface and ground waters. These chemicals are widely used because they are resistant to heat, water, and oil.

WHERE CAN PFAS BE FOUND?

 PFAS can be commonly found in every American household, and in products as diverse as:

Certain PFAS chemicals are no longer manufactured in the United States as a result of phase-outs including the PFOA Stewardship Program in which eight major chemical manufacturers agreed to eliminate the use of PFOA and PFOA-related chemicals in their products and as emissions from their facilities. Although PFOA and PFOS are no longer manufactured in the United States, they are still produced internationally and can be imported into the United States in consumer goods such as carpet, leather and apparel, textiles, paper and packaging, coatings, rubber and plastics.

WHO SETS GUIDELINES FOR PFAS?

There is not enough information available for scientists to develop health-based screening levels for all of the PFAS sampled. Neither the Illinois EPA nor the U.S. EPA have yet developed enforceable drinking water standards for PFAS. Both regulatory agencies are currently studying PFAS. This will take several years to complete. In the interim, Illinois EPA has developed health-based guidance levels for seven PFAS compounds. Laboratory data from the studies being conducted will be used to support the potential development and promulgation of maximum contaminant level (MCL) standards in Illinois and nationally.

HAVE PFAS BEEN DETECTED IN ANY VILLAGE WELLS?

Yes. The Illinois Environmental Protection Agency (Illinois EPA) recently tested our water system for 18 compounds known as Per- and Polyfluoroalkyl Substances (PFAS) as part of a statewide investigation of community water supplies and PFAS.

The Village owns and operates 2 wells located within the Village. None of analytes sampled by Illinois EPA were above Illinois EPA health-based guidance levels.


IS MY WATER SAFE TO DRINK?

Yes. The Village of Richmond’s drinking water continues to meet all Federal and State drinking water standards and is safe to drink. The U.S. and Illinois EPA are developing standards for safe PFAS levels in drinking water. In the interim, the Illinois EPA has asked local agencies to provide information if  PFAS is detected in drinking water.

Additional water quality information is available in the Village of Richmond’s Consumer Confidence Report found on the Village’s website.

WHAT ARE THE MONITORING GUIDELINES FOR PFAS?

The Illinois EPA PFAS health-based guidance levels are provided in the table below. At this time, no enforceable federal or state drinking water standard, called a Maximum Contaminant Level (MCL), exists for any of the more than 5,000 known PFAS chemicals. Illinois EPA is in the process of collecting data in the PFAS Investigation Network to develop a state MCL. Development of an MCL may take the IEPA multiple years.  The levels are presented in nanograms per liter (ng/L), equal to parts per trillion (ppt). For reference: 1 ng/L is equivalent to about 1 ounce in 7.5 billion gallons.

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Additional information on the IEPA’s PFAS Statewide Investigation is located here: https://www2.illinois.gov/epa/topics/water-quality/pfas/Pages/pfas-statewide-investigation-network.aspx

WHAT IS THE VILLAGE DOING ABOUT PFAS IN ITS WELLS?

Neither the Illinois EPA nor the U.S. EPA has developed enforceable regulatory drinking water standards for PFAS. The IEPA has requested the Village continue to monitor drinking water in accordance with the IEPA PFAS investigation plan. The Village’s drinking water continues to meet all Federal and State drinking water standards and is safe to drink.

WHERE CAN I FIND MORE INFORMATION?


Additional information regarding PFAS, the statewide PFAS investigation network, and the impact to public health can be found on the Illinois EPA PFAS webpage: https://www2.illinois.gov/epa/topics/water-quality/pfas/Pages/default.aspx.

All confirmed drinking water sampling results for Richmond are available on Illinois EPA’s Drinking Water Watch system at Chem/Rad Samples (state.il.us)


If you have questions about PFAS and drinking water, please contact:

Illinois Environmental Protection Agency

Barb Lieberoff, Office of Community Relations

epa.pfas@illinois.gov

217-524-3038

Illinois Department of Public Health

Brian Koch, Division of Environmental Health

Brian.Koch@illinois.gov

217-782-5830

Well #2 – Sampled 11/02/2020
PFAS AnalyteAcronymDraft Guidance LevelSample Results
Perfluorobutanesulfonic acidPFBS140,000 ng/LND
Perfluoroheptanoic acidPFHpA*ND
Perfluorohexanesulfonic acidPFHxS140 ng/L2.3-2.4 ng/L
Perfluorononanoic acidPFNA21 ng/LND
Perfluorooctanesulfonic acidPFOS14 ng/LND
Perfluorooctanoic acidPFOA2 ng/LND
Perfluorodecanoic acidPFDA*ND
Perfluorododecanoic acidPFDoA*ND
Perfluororhexanoic acidPFHxA560,000 ng/LND
Perfluorotetradecanoic acidPFTA*ND
Perfluorotridecanoic acidPFTrDA*ND
Perfluoroundecanoic acidPFUnA*ND
11-chloroeicosafluoro-3- oxaundecane-1-sulfonic acid11C1-PF3OUdS*ND
9-chlorohexadecafluoro-3-oxanone-1-sulfonic acid9C1-PF3ONS*ND
4,8-dioxa-3H-perfluorononanoic acidADONA*ND
N-methyl perfluorooctanesulfonamidoacetic acidNMeFOSAA*ND
Hexafluoropropylene oxide dimer acidHFPO-DA560 ng/LND
N-ethyl perfluorooctanesulfonamidoacetic acidNEtFOSAA*ND

*No toxicity criteria available

Minimum Reporting Level (MRL) = 2.0 ng/L

ND = Not Detected

Nanograms per Liter (ng/L) = Parts per Trillion (ppt)

Well #2 – Sampled 12/07/2020
PFAS AnalyteAcronymDraft Guidance LevelSample Results
Perfluorobutanesulfonic acidPFBS140,000 ng/L2.1 ng/L
Perfluoroheptanoic acidPFHpA*ND
Perfluorohexanesulfonic acidPFHxS140 ng/L2.7 ng/L
Perfluorononanoic acidPFNA21 ng/LND
Perfluorooctanesulfonic acidPFOS14 ng/LND
Perfluorooctanoic acidPFOA2 ng/LND
Perfluorodecanoic acidPFDA*ND
Perfluorododecanoic acidPFDoA*ND
Perfluororhexanoic acidPFHxA560,000 ng/LND
Perfluorotetradecanoic acidPFTA*ND
Perfluorotridecanoic acidPFTrDA*ND
Perfluoroundecanoic acidPFUnA*ND
11-chloroeicosafluoro-3- oxaundecane-1-sulfonic acid11C1-PF3OUdS*ND
9-chlorohexadecafluoro-3-oxanone-1-sulfonic acid9C1-PF3ONS*ND
4,8-dioxa-3H-perfluorononanoic acidADONA*ND
N-methyl perfluorooctanesulfonamidoacetic acidNMeFOSAA*ND
Hexafluoropropylene oxide dimer acidHFPO-DA560 ng/LND
N-ethyl perfluorooctanesulfonamidoacetic acidNEtFOSAA*ND

*No toxicity criteria available

Minimum Reporting Level (MRL) = 2.0 ng/L

ND = Not Detected

Nanograms per Liter (ng/L) = Parts per Trillion (ppt)

Well #3 – Sampled 11/02/2020
PFAS AnalyteAcronymDraft Guidance LevelSample Results
Perfluorobutanesulfonic acidPFBS140,000 ng/L2.4 ng/L
Perfluoroheptanoic acidPFHpA*ND
Perfluorohexanesulfonic acidPFHxS140 ng/L4.1 ng/L
Perfluorononanoic acidPFNA21 ng/LND
Perfluorooctanesulfonic acidPFOS14 ng/L3.9 ng/L
Perfluorooctanoic acidPFOA2 ng/LND
Perfluorodecanoic acidPFDA*ND
Perfluorododecanoic acidPFDoA*ND
Perfluororhexanoic acidPFHxA560,000 ng/LND
Perfluorotetradecanoic acidPFTA*ND
Perfluorotridecanoic acidPFTrDA*ND
Perfluoroundecanoic acidPFUnA*ND
11-chloroeicosafluoro-3- oxaundecane-1-sulfonic acid11C1-PF3OUdS*ND
9-chlorohexadecafluoro-3-oxanone-1-sulfonic acid9C1-PF3ONS*ND
4,8-dioxa-3H-perfluorononanoic acidADONA*ND
N-methyl perfluorooctanesulfonamidoacetic acidNMeFOSAA*ND
Hexafluoropropylene oxide dimer acidHFPO-DA560 ng/LND
N-ethyl perfluorooctanesulfonamidoacetic acidNEtFOSAA*ND

*No toxicity criteria available

Minimum Reporting Level (MRL) = 2.0 ng/L

ND = Not Detected

Nanograms per Liter (ng/L) = Parts per Trillion (ppt)

Well #3 – Sampled 12/07/2020
PFAS AnalyteAcronymDraft Guidance LevelSample Results
Perfluorobutanesulfonic acidPFBS140,000 ng/L2.9 ng/L
Perfluoroheptanoic acidPFHpA*ND
Perfluorohexanesulfonic acidPFHxS140 ng/L4.9 ng/L
Perfluorononanoic acidPFNA21 ng/LND
Perfluorooctanesulfonic acidPFOS14 ng/L4.0 ng/L
Perfluorooctanoic acidPFOA2 ng/LND
Perfluorodecanoic acidPFDA*ND
Perfluorododecanoic acidPFDoA*ND
Perfluororhexanoic acidPFHxA560,000 ng/LND
Perfluorotetradecanoic acidPFTA*ND
Perfluorotridecanoic acidPFTrDA*ND
Perfluoroundecanoic acidPFUnA*ND
11-chloroeicosafluoro-3- oxaundecane-1-sulfonic acid11C1-PF3OUdS*ND
9-chlorohexadecafluoro-3-oxanone-1-sulfonic acid9C1-PF3ONS*ND
4,8-dioxa-3H-perfluorononanoic acidADONA*ND
N-methyl perfluorooctanesulfonamidoacetic acidNMeFOSAA*ND
Hexafluoropropylene oxide dimer acidHFPO-DA560 ng/LND
N-ethyl perfluorooctanesulfonamidoacetic acidNEtFOSAA*ND

*No toxicity criteria available

Minimum Reporting Level (MRL) = 2.0 ng/L

ND = Not Detected

Nanograms per Liter (ng/L) = Parts per Trillion (ppt)

Storm Damage Pick-up

The Village of Richmond will offer an additional brush pick-up program this month due to the major wind storm that impacted the Village on Monday, August 10, 2020.

All brush shall be placed on the parkway no later than 7:00am Monday, August 17, 2020. This special brush pick-up is for storm related damage only. The brush must be less than 5 inches in diameter and no longer than 6 feet. Public Works Crews will visit each street once. No callbacks will be made.

Additionally, the regularly scheduled monthly brush pick-up will be held on Thursday, August 20, 2020 for Village residents.

Water Rates Effective May 1st, 2020

UNDERSTANDING YOUR WATER BILL

Effective May 1st, 2020

The Village of Richmond bills quarterly for your water and sewer use.  Your bill is based on consumption and charges are calculated to reflect water use in a 90 day period.  The water bill is mailed the first week of May, August, November and February annually.

WATER RATES

For the first 4,000 gallons or less $14.88 quarterly

Over 4,000 gallons, cost per 1,000 gallons $0.50 quarterly

SEWER RATES

For the first 4,000 gallons or less  $81.12 quarterly

Over 4,000 gallons, cost per 1,000 gallons $10.00 quarterly

There shall be and there is hereby established a debt service surcharge of $37.50 per quarter applied and charged to each user of the wastewater facility. In addition, the Village shall annually review said charge and consider further adjustment of the surcharge as needed by the respective budget.

*If you have additional questions regarding your water bill, please contact the Village Hall office at 815-678-4040.*

 

Community Alert

Alert: Stimulus checks are coming, so are the scams! Please be cautious with COVID-19 related calls, texts and emails.

Please do not give your personal information over the phone. Do NOT click on any COVID-19 related text messages that involve links. Never click on any links via email, if you are not familiar of the source.

Please contact the Richmond Police Department if you think you are a victim of a scam. For more information, listed below are some safe resources:

COVID-19 References and Information

In efforts to keep residents and businesses informed, please find COVID-19 supportive information below:

Covid-19 General Precautions

Small Business and Assistance

Additional Resources for COVID-19

Preventative Measures being taken

Village of Richmond is taking Measures to Limit Spread
of Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)
Effective May 26, 2020

At the guidance of public health officials, the Village of  Richmond is taking preventative measures to help limit the exposure of Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19).

In order to help limit the spread of COVID-19 in the Village’s public facilities to this disease, effective on Tuesday, May 26,2020 and extending until further notice, the Village Hall (located at 5600 Hunter Drive) asks your cooperation when entering Village Hall. Please wear face covering, limit one person in lobby at a time, only one family member and follow directional markings for entering and exiting.

For those residents that have utility bill payment arrangements, we would prefer those payments be made over the phone by calling 815-678-4040.

Richmond Police Department has made the following announcement effective today, Monday, March 16, 2020:

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, you may notice some changes in the way the Richmond Police Department conducts our operations. These procedures are being put in place to protect the public and our personnel alike during this time. Rest assured, our personnel will continue to be visible in the community, and will continue to provide a high level of emergency response when needed. Changes you may notice include:

  1. Officers may take complaints via telephone when it is not necessary for the officer to meet with the complaint/victim in person, and/or examine a crime scene.
  2. Instead of talking to a Records Clerk/Officer thought the Police window at the Police Department, we will ask visitors (with non-emergencies) to dial a direct number to speak with Officers via telephone. (815-678-4163) If an Officer is not available, please leave a message, and your call will be returned.
  3. Department tours and ride-a-long’s will not be granted at the time.

If you have any questions, please contact the Richmond Police Department at (815)678-4163. We wish everyone a safe few weeks while we all deal with this serious issue.

Important 2020 Census Information!


Impact in Your Community

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