Santa Maria Water Quality Report shows water safe but violation made

Santa Maria Water Quality Report shows water safe but violation made

SANTA MARIA, Calif. - The city of Santa Maria is sending out their annual Water Quality Report which shows that water is safe but a violation was made. 

The report, which is being mailed out to utilities customers, shows that the city met all State and Federal drinking water standards in 2016.

However, it shows that in the fourth quarter of the year, they didn't test for certain contaminants.

The report says the city’s water system violated drinking water requirements over the past year but that the violation was not an emergency.

The city says they're notifying residents of the violation and the corrective action taken. The city is required to monitor city drinking water for specific contaminants on a regular basis.

"Definitely no, we would not drink the water out of the tap," Santa Maria residenet Agkash Lakshmanan said. 

The city of Santa Maria shouldn't take Agkash Lakshmanan's comment personally - he wouldn't drink tap water anywhere.

"We don't know what's been in there so we use a filter system," Lakshmanan said. 

When Agkash's family first moved into their Santa Maria home in 2009, they drank the tap water for the first couple weeks - then they bought bottled water for a while before getting that water filter system. 

"Filter, carbon filter, all these filters and then it gets stored to the tank and first the water comes from the city then it stores in there clean and then we use that to drink that comes out of that tap right there," Lakshmanan said. 

Results of regular monitoring are indicators of whether city drinking water met health standards. During the fourth quarter of 2016, the City did not monitor or test for total trihalomethanes and haloacetic acids and therefore cannot verify the quality of city drinking water during that time.

The city says there's nothing residents need to do at this time. 

The city says they've put in place additional safeguards and protocols for monitoring and scheduling routine sample events. They also have a plan for staff coverage when staff are in training or out of the office.

For more information, you can contact the City of Santa Maria Utilities Department at (805) 925-0951, extension 7270 or 2065 E. Main Street, Santa Maria, CA 93454.

This notice is being sent to residents by the City of Santa Maria in June.

The following is a list of contaminants that may be present in source water but still be safe to drink.

Microbial contaminants, such as viruses and bacteria that may come from sewage treatment plants, septic systems, agricultural livestock operations, and wildlife.

Inorganic contaminants, such as salts and metals that can be naturally-occurring or result from urban stormwater runoff, industrial or domestic wastewater discharges, oil and gas production, mining, or farming.

Pesticides and herbicides that may come from a variety of sources such as agriculture, urban stormwater runoff, and residential uses.

Organic chemical contaminants, including synthetic and volatile organic chemicals that are byproducts of industrial processes and petroleum production and can also come from gas stations, urban stormwater runoff, agricultural applications and septic systems.

Radioactive contaminants can be naturally-occurring or be the result of oil and gas production and mining activities. 

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