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Sacramento’s drinking water meets or surpasses all state and federal health requirements, according to the city’s report on water quality relative to public health goals.
It does not, however, meet every public health goal as set by the state.
“We may not meet all those goals,” said Jessica Hess, spokeswoman for the Department of Utilities. “We probably never have met all those goals, since they’re set at a level so high to encourage jurisdictions to do better.”
Hess said the city’s water facilities don’t all have the technology to even measure the levels set forth in the state public health goals.
“The goals are set for levels that are very difficult for folks to attain, and there are some challenges for that,” Hess said. “It requires testing that our current facilities are incapable of reaching.”
The state report is mandated every three years by law, and it measures samples taken from the city’s water supply with acceptable levels of contaminants in reaching the state goals.
Those contaminants include arsenic, bacteria and fluoride, among others.
According to the report, the goals are not enforceable.
The federal and state requirements, however, are enforceable, and the results are sent to city water users every year.
“The city’s drinking water is excellent...passing all state and federal standards,” said Mike Yee, plant services manager for the Department of Utilities, at Tuesday’s City Council meeting.
No one spoke on the matter at the required public hearing Tuesday night, and the council accepted the report, which can be viewed online here.
Brandon Darnell is a staff reporter for The Sacramento Press.