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Big Sioux Community Water System
23343 479th Ave
Egan, SD 57024-6438


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DANR Secretary's Award for Drinking Water Excellence -

The South Dakota Department of Agriculture and Natural Resources (DANR)  announced today that Big Sioux Community Water System public water system and the system's operation specialists have been awarded a Secretary's Award for Drinking Water Excellence.

"Access to safe and reliable water sources is crucial for all South Dakotan's," said DANR Secretary Hunter Roberts. "It is my honor to present the Secretary's Award for Drinking Water Excellence to the Big Sioux Water System who, through hard work and dedication, has achieved 20 consecutive years of Safe Drinking Water compliance." The system's operations specialists are Jeffrey Carruthers, Michael Headrick, Aric Olson, Chad Kneebone and Lucas Dailey.

To qualify for the Secretary's Award for Drinking Water Excellence, public water systems and their system operations specialists had to meet all of the following requirements for ten consecutive years or more:

-Compliance monitoring and reporting

-Drinking water standards

-Certification requirements

"In accordance with the Federal law and the U.S. Department of Agriculture policy, this institution is prohibited from discriminating on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, disability, religion, sex, and familial status. (Not all prohibited bases apply to all programs).

To file a complaint of discrimination, write USDA, Director, Office of Civil Rights, 1400 Independence Avenue, S.W.,
Washington, D.C. 20250-9410 or call (800)795-3272 (voice) or (202)720-6382 (TDD)."
BRANT PLANT Fails to Monitor for Nitrate

BIG SIOUX COMMUNITY WATER SYSTEM BRANT PLANT is required to submit drinking water sample to be analyzed for nitrate during the July-September calendar quarter each year. No sample was submitted during this quarter in 2021. Results of regular monitoring are an indicator of whether or not our drinking water meets health standards. During this time period, we did not monitor for nitrate and therefor cannot be sure of the quality of the drinking water during that time.

Nitrate is used in fertilizer and is found in sewage and wastes from human and/or farm animals and generally gets into drinking water from those activities. The State of South Dakota and the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) set drinking water standards and have determined that excess levels of nitrate may be a health risk. Drinking water that meets the nitrate standard is associated with little to none of these health risks and should be considered safe to drink with respect to nitrate level. Of particular risk are infants below the age of six months. Infants that drink water containing nitrate in excess of the MCL could become seriously ill and, if untreated, may die. Symptoms include shortness of breath and blue-baby syndrome.

BIG SIOUX COMMUNITY WATER SYSTEM is taking the following actions to correct this problem – We have since taken the required samples. The samples showed that we are meeting the standards. We have taken additional measures within the water system administration to be sure that samples are taken when required in the future.

For additional information, please contact
JEFF CARRUTHERS, 23343 479th AVE. EGAN, SD 57024
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https://eyeonwater.com/signup to go to the EyeOnWater customer portal where you can set up an account to track your water usage and
set up a leak alert. (A leak has to be going for 24 hours before you will receive an alert.) You will need your account number and service zip code to get started. If you need assistance, please contact our office
at 605-997-2098.
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