Needles, CA: City of Needles cited after failing to test on time local drinking water wells for nitrates.
The California State Water Resources Control Board issued a citation to the City of Needles requiring the utility to notify its customers in Needles, California after failing to test on time local drinking water wells for nitrates.
In the notice, it states, “Our water system failed to monitor as required for drinking water standards during the past year and, therefore, was in violation of the regulations. Even though this failure was not an emergency, as our customers, you have a right to know what you should do, what happened, and what we did to correct this situation. We are required to monitor your drinking water for specific contaminants on a regular basis. Results of regular monitoring are an indicator of whether or not our drinking water meets health standards During calendar year 2018, we did not collect nitrate samples from the sources listed in the table below and therefore, cannot be sure of the quality of our drinking water during that time.”
The notice continues saying, “The City works hard to ensure compliance with all Federal and State regulations. During Calendar Year 2018 annual nitrate samples were overlooked on wells #8, 11, 12, and 15. Staff has collected the required 2019 annual nitrate samples from wells #8, 11, 12, and 15 and has received the following results for wells #8, 11, and 15 (well #12 results are pending). These results are compliant with the primary drinking water standards requirement. The City has modified our sampling calendar to ensure that all required sampling and monitoring is conducted within the required monitoring period. This is evidenced by having collected all nitrate samples within the first quarter of 2019. For more information, please contact our Business Office at (760) 326-2115; 817 Third St. Needles, CA 92363.”
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Needles City Manager Rick Daniels said that this is a paperwork violation, not substantive, and that the water is not and never has been at risk for nitrate levels.
“At no time was the public ever at risk because we continue to operate, then and today, within levels for nitrate,” said Needles City Manager Rick Daniels.
Needles City Manager Rick Daniels said the City of Needles is taking corrective measures to ensure scheduled testing will not be missed in the future.
The State Water Resources Control Board was created by the Legislature in 1967, and its mission is to ensure the highest reasonable quality for waters of the State, while allocating those waters to achieve the optimum balance of beneficial uses. The joint authority of water allocation and water quality protection enables the Water Board to provide comprehensive protection for California’s waters.
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