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SCWD logo650By 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.

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  • A few additional points:
    Totally Dissolved Solids (TDS) limits are unfortunately typified by government as guidelines, not as strictly regulated known teratogenic, mutagenic or carcinogenic substances (minerals, metals, chemicals, compounds, etc.).
    This is because known health effects of TDS on humans, i.e., long term studies and epidemiological studies haven’t reached a level of refinement to set definitive MCL standards.
    The corrosive and scaling effects on infrastructure are well-known, are exacerbated due to increased temperatures: Hence heated water system components have shorter lives.
    For that matter, there aren’t any such studies addressing the combination of contaminants…You could have all of them just below the regulatory trigger point, but when mixed, significant health effects that usually become attributed to other factors (environment, workplace, genetics, etc.) result in chronic not acute reactions.
    The World Health Organization has a widely circulated study that reveals taste differs greatly as TDS goes up too:
    300 parts excellent
    500 parts good
    800 parts poor
    1200 parts & over unacceptable
    Canada requests, but does not mandate that 500 TDS concentration level in their drinking water.
    It will be interesting to see what the TDS level from the proposed Doheny Ocean Desalination Plant will actually, NOT theoretically, deliver to ratepayers.

    Like that Capital One® commercial (“What’s in your wallet?”), the public needs to investigate, become more informed regarding “What’s in YOUR water?”
    We drink it, bath in it, swim in it, wash our clothes in it, cook with it, so it just makes sense to be proactive. Go online and go on that journey in the convenience of your own home or office.

  • The report showed there was 2.3 parts per billion of arsenic found.

    For a little better understanding…

    What is the equivalent of 2.3 billion parts per billion?

    2.3 teaspoons in an Olympic size swimming pool (660,000 gallons of water)

  • SCWD’s response above by their marketing/PR person is much appreciated….but it falls into a trap that reveals how illogical many of these discussions become: The mentality that the solution to pollution is dilution, that low concentrations of ONE element below MCL is acceptable doesn’t address the SUM of the pollutants, their inclusion in our supplies.
    Ex.: Why isn’t the supply that SCWD delivers the 500 mg/l that is the acknowledged standard worldwide?
    Ex. II: ALL of the MCL constituents could be just below MCL or health advisory excess/enforcement trigger levels, but together who knows the impacts?
    A human could have no acute reaction (short term), but eventually succumb to chronic (long term) exposure/ingestion debilitations, accumulation in our organs & our fatty tissue.
    SCWD has done what’s required by EPA, provided information, it wasn’t voluntary.
    SCWD should be grateful that the public stakeholders (consumers & protection NGOs) are engaged and interested in knowing/understanding more.
    So are the media, now finally asking tough, in-depth not shallow questions.
    Like liberty, vigilance by all including the 4th Estate is important. These need not be adversarial but rather synergistic investigations.
    Water & sanitation district venue seats, once basically empty, are being occupied…I encourage water/san to be more transparent and less defensive. Ride the wave, you’re finally popular whereas previously you toiled in the dark corners of governance. :+) :+) :+)
    I would also encourage ratepayers who vote to take a closer look at candidates for elected Board positions. Too often the same people get re-elected over and over due to the prior obscure nature of what water/san do!

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