Health Info

Important Health Information

Some people may be more vulnerable to contaminants in drinking water than the general population. These include those with weak or impaired immune systems such as individuals with cancer undergoing chemotherapy, persons who have undergone organ transplants and people with HIV/AIDS or other immune system disorders. Some elderly and infants may be particularly at risk from infections. These people should seek advice about drinking water from their health care providers. The U.S. EPA/CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) guidelines on appropriate means to lessen the risk of infection by Cryptosporidium and other microbial contaminants are available from the Safe Drinking Water Hotline at (800) 426-4791.

Wellhead Protection Plan

Wellhead protection is a way for our community to identify concerns, issues and risks before a crisis occurs. A few major causes of water contamination include unused wells, agriculture, lawn care and hazardous waste. The Joint Powers Water Board Wellhead Protection Plan includes the delineation of the wellhead protection area and drinking water supply management area, as well as an assessment of the wells’ vulnerability. It also includes the creation of goals, objectives, plans of action, program evaluation and contingency plans. Please contact our office if you would like to review the Wellhead Protection Plan in its entirety.

Is it Safe to Drink Water From a Garden Hose?

NO, IT IS NOT SAFE TO DRINK FROM A GARDEN HOSE. Why not? Because the substances that keep standard vinyl garden hoses flexible can get into the water as it passes through the house, and those chemicals are not good for you or your pets. Allow the water to run for a short time in order to flush the hose before drinking or filling your pets’ drinking containers. There are also hoses made with food-grade plastic that will not contaminate the water. Check your local hardware store for this type of hose if you intend to have people or pets drink from it.

Click here to view our Annual Water Quality Report.