Glendora Patch Article on County Water Study
A recent City News Service article published in the Glendora Patch reported the County had tested high levels of arsenic in a Glendora well. The County unfortunately misidentified the location of that well which would give the reader the impression it was located within Glendora. The well is located well outside our city boundaries, near Big Dalton Dam, and does not supply any water to Glendora residents. In fact, all tests conducted with the County were completed on Los Angeles County wells. We are happy to report that no County well serves any Glendora resident.
The City of Glendora water system is regulated and monitored by the State of California Department of Public Health. California is among the states with the highest drinking water standards often exceeding Federal drinking water standards. The City conducts samples weekly, monthly, semi-annually and annually to monitor water quality. Glendora’s Water Division takes an average of 3,360 water quality samples over the course of every year to ensure the water system meets or exceeds all drinking water standards.
The City has written Los Angeles County Agricultural Department officials noting that their labeling of the Big Dalton Canyon Road as residing with the City of Glendora was inaccurate and should be corrected so as not to give misleading information to the media or our customers. In addition, we have stated our concern that the study does not fairly discern the difference between detecting elements like lead, arsenic and chromium and tests that show samples exceeding health allowable levels. Many of the elements are naturally occurring in the soil and thus will always be present. The potential health risk would occur if they were to be found to exceed the allowable levels set by the California Department of Health Services. As with this County study, samples detected minuscule traces that were below the rigorous California standards. Again, this test was for County facilities and not any city wells.
If you have any questions about this news alert or water in general, please feel free to contact Steve Patton at (626) 914-8249.