By Kristina Pritchett
A recent water quality report from South Coast Water District states the drinking water is meeting all quality standards.
According to the report, the results for 2015 have met the quality standards required by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the State Water Resources Control Board, Division of Drinking Water.
The report states, “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.”
The report showed there was 2.3 parts per billion of arsenic found. The maximum contaminant level is 10 parts per billion, per the EPA. However, the California Public Health Goal is .004 parts per billion.
A public health goal is a level of a chemical contaminate in drinking water that does not pose a significant risk to health.
Clean Water Now Founder Roger Butow stated the arsenic is within mandated maximum contaminant levels, and are introduced naturally.
“The total dissolved solids of maximum contaminants levels is 1,000. South Coast Water District delivers in the high 600s, which to me is too high. They should deliver in the 500s or less to keep scaling and residues down,” Butow said.
South Coast Water District officials stated arsenic is an element that occurs naturally in rocks and soil, but it can also come from industrial and agricultural pollution.