City of Humboldt, SD
Small Town with a BIG Heart
100 S Main Street ¦ PO Box 72 ¦ Humboldt, SD 57035
Phone: (605) 363-3789 ¦ Fax: (605) 363-3876
We hope you will find the information you are seeking about our town.
Humboldt has that "home town main street America" atmosphere with all of the character and friendliness of a small town while maintaining its quiet country charm, yet enjoying easy access to all conveniences. Our goal for this website is to bring you factual information about our local government and some of the services our municipality offers its residents and visitors. But most importantly, visit Humboldt and meet its people who know that it is not only a fine place to visit, but also a fine place to live.
Our peaceful rural community is committed to excellence in education, preservation of its historical and natural resources, and safeguarding the wonderful quality of life that Humboldt residents enjoy.
Humboldt Food Haven Food Pantry
Every Saturday from 10:00 – 11:00 at Faith Lutheran Church, 511 S Main Street
(This agency is an equal opportunity provider)
Humboldt Drinking Water Report
Last year, the Town of Humboldt monitored your drinking water for possible contaminants. This brochure is a snapshot of the quality of the water that we provided last year. Included are details about where your water comes from, what it contains, and how it compares to Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and state standards. We are committed to providing you with information because informed customers are our best allies.
We serve more than 589 customers an average of 40,000 gallons of water per day. Our water is groundwater that we purchase from another water system. The state has performed an assessment of our source water and they have determined that the relative susceptibility rating for the Humboldt public water supply system is low.
For more information about your water and information on opportunities to participate in public meetings, call (605)363-3789 and ask for Amanda Siemonsma.
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 can pick up substances resulting from the presence of animals or from human activity.
Contaminants that may be present in source water include:
In order to ensure that tap water is safe to drink, EPA prescribes regulations which limit the amount of certain contaminants in water provided by public water systems. FDA 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).
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 can be obtained by calling the Environment Protection Agency’s Safe Drinking Water Hotline (800-426-4791).
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 Humboldt public water supply system 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.
The attached table lists all the drinking water contaminants that we detected during the 2016 calendar year. The presence of these contaminants in the water does not necessarily indicate that the water poses a health risk. Unless otherwise noted, the data presented in this table is from testing done January 1 – December 31, 2016 The state requires 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.
Infants and young children are typically more vulnerable to lead in drinking water than the general population. It is possible that lead levels at your home may be higher than at other homes in the community as a result of materials used in your home's plumbing. If you are concerned about elevated lead levels in your home's water, you may wish to have your water tested and flush your tap for 30 seconds to 2 minutes before using tap water. Additional information is available from the Safe Drinking Water Hotline (800-426-4791).
The Town of Humboldt public water system purchases 100% of their water from Minnehaha Community Water Corp (0432).
2016 Table of Detected Contaminants For Humboldt (EPA ID 0167)
Terms and abbreviations used in this table:
* 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 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.
* Action Level(AL): the concentration of a contaminant which, when exceeded, triggers treatment or other requirements which a water system must follow. For Lead and Copper, 90% of the samples must be below the AL.
* Treatment Technique(TT): A required process intended to reduce the level of a contaminant in drinking water. For turbidity, 95% of samples must be less than 0.3 NTU
*MFL: million fibers per liter *pCi/l: picocuries per liter(a measure of radioactivity) *ppt: parts per trillion, or nanograms per liter
*mrem/year: millirems per year(a measure of radiation absorbed by the body) *ppm: parts per million, or milligrams per liter(mg/l) *ppq: parts per quadrillion, or picograms per liter
*NTU: Nephelometric Turbidity Units *ppb: parts per billion, or micrograms per liter(ug/l) *pspm: positive samples per month