Sun. Oct 13th, 2019

SCV Press

Santa Clarita Valley News

What Is In Your Drinking Water?

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The U.S., in general, has one the safest drinking water supplies in the world. However, drinking water quality ranges throughout different areas. We rely on SCV Water to provide locals with clean water. The essential water we drink comes from surface water and groundwater. Surface water includes lakes, rivers, and reservoirs. Groundwater comes from underground.

Three main factors affect your water quality. First, where our water comes from; the original water source. Next, the type of treatment our water receives. For example, treatment includes adding chemicals such as chlorine to kill germs. Third, elements which can get into your drinking water. For instance, lead used to be a common contaminant found in drinking water. Nick Rowin of Rowin Plumbing, states, “Many older buildings were built using lead pipes for water systems. Today copper pipes and plastics have replaced lead pipes.”

The crown jewel for the City of Santa Clarita is 130 acre, Central Park. The park is home to youth baseball/softball fields, community gardens, a dog park, and cross-country courses. The City also holds regular major events at Central Park. 

The SCV Water Agency Board of Directors holds its regular meetings at a facility located at Central Park, known as the Rio Vista Water Treatment Plant. The Agency recently updated its Rio Vista water treatment plant to meet demand in the Santa Clarita Valley. 

The list below contains the list of detected contaminants found from a National Testing Laboratories test of Santa Clarita Central Park’s primary drinking water fountain:

  1. Calcium – 53.4 mg/L 
  2. Copper – 0.089 mg/L
  3. Lithium – 0.006 mg/L
  4. Magnesium – 15.24 mg/L
  5. Manganese – 0.005 mg/L
  6. Sodium – 55 mg/L
  7. Strontium – 0.467 mg/L
  8. Uranium – 0.003 mg/L
  9. Zinc – 0.011 mg/L
  10. Chloramine (Field) – 0.2 mg/L
  11. Chloride – 48.0 mg/L
  12. Chlorine-Free (Field) – 0.30 mg/L
  13. Chlorine-Total (Field) – 0.5 mg/L
  14. Nitrate as N – 1.5 mg/L
  15. Sulfate – 79.0 mg/L
  16. Bromodichloromethane – 0.003 mg/L
  17. Dibromochloromethane – 0.005 mg/L
  18. Dibromoacetic Acid – 0.004 mg/L
  19. Dichloroacetic Acid – 0.001 mg/L
  20. Monobromoacetic Acid – 0.002 mg/L

Physical Factors

  1. Alkalinity (Total as CaCO3) – 130 mg/L
  2. Hardness – 200 mg/L

Officials advise against testing yourself, as cross-contamination is likely. Want to check what is in your water? Rowin Plumbing of Santa Clarita is available at (661) 252-5757 for water testing services.