Report: Many Residents Rely on Contaminated Drinking Water Sources
The report found that between 2002 and 2010, 680 out of about 3,000 community water systems in California relied on at least one contaminated groundwater well. According to findings, contaminated wells served 21 million people during that time.
The report found that arsenic was the most-detected naturally occurring contaminant, while nitrate was the most-detected contaminant caused by humans.
Some Communities Do Not Treat Water
According to the report, although most California communities blend or treat their water, some communities cannot afford water treatment or other alternatives.
It found that 265 community water systems delivered water from wells that exceeded standards for nitrate, arsenic and other contaminants. Most of these systems are located in rural counties -- such as Kern, Madera and Tulare -- and served water to aboutÂ two million state residents, according to the report.
The California Department of Public Health says that more than 98% of Californians with a public water supply receive safe drinking water (AP/KPBS News, 2/7).
Broadcast CoverageOn Thursday, Capital Public Radio's "KXJZ News" reported on the control board's water contamination findings (Adler, "KXJZ News," Capital Public Radio, 2/7). This is part of the California Healthline Daily Edition, a summary of health policy coverage from major news organizations. Sign up for an email subscription.