From time to time, we may hear about contaminants in water that are affecting local, national and worldwide water quality, including recent stories on perfluoroalkyl and polyfluoroalkyl chemicals – also known as PFAS. But what are these chemicals and how did they get into our water?
What are PFAS?
PFAS are prevalent in thousands of products we use every day, including non-stick cookware, firefighting foams, dental floss and stain resistant household coatings on carpets and upholstery. It’s also found in our water; however, water agencies don’t put these chemicals into our water, but over time they have entered our waterways through manufacturing, landfills and wastewater discharge.
The United States Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA) will set a maximum contaminant level by 2024. The State of California is in the process of revising the Public Health Goal which will be published at an undetermined future date. In addition, like many water agencies, we are studying long-term treatment options for this contaminant.
What does This Mean?
JCSD tap water meets or exceeds all USEPA and California regulations. We take our commitment to provide safe drinking water with the utmost seriousness. We are monitoring all upcoming regulations, as we always do, and will inform our residents of any developments.
How Can I Learn More?
JCSD is committed to transparency. Water quality information is available on our website at www.jcsd.us and is published in the Annual Water Quality Report. By law, this Report is published on our website by July 1 for the preceding year at www.jcsdwqr.com. Additionally, feel free to email Bryan Smith at firstname.lastname@example.org
As with all natural water, untreated water contains varying levels of natural and man-made contaminants. With the help of wells, pumps, and pipes located throughout the JCSD service area, water makes its way to various facilities in order to treat, produce, and deliver high-quality water to our customers.
Before high-quality water reaches your home or business, it goes through a complex process with the help of sophisticated, high-tech equipment and a highly-trained professional team.
JCSD publishes an annual Consumer Confidence Report (CCR) for the previous year and is available each year on or before July 1.
If you would like a copy of the CCR mailed to you or if you have any questions about the information in the CCR, please call JCSD’s Water Quality Department at (951) 685-7434 extension 104.