How is the quality of our drinking water monitored?
The City of Fountain Valley vigilantly safeguards the water supply. The water delivered to your home meets, and in most cases exceeds, the quality standards required by federal and state regulatory agencies. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the State Water Resources Control Board, Division of Drinking Water (DDW) are the agencies responsible for establishing and enforcing drinking water quality standards. Pursuant to the California Safe Drinking Water Act, the City monitors over 100 chemicals in the water supply. In some cases, the City goes beyond what is required by testing for unregulated chemicals that may have known health risks, but do not have drinking water quality standards. The City contracts with a State-approved laboratory to collect and analyze 30 water samples per week, as required by DDW. The City also maintains a water quality-monitoring program that analyzes 30 special water samples per month. These samples are taken at various locations throughout the system and are checked for color, odor, temperature and turbidity. The City publishes the results of this testing in its annual Water Quality Report which is available online and delivered to each mailing address in the City. Water Quality Report

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1. How is the quality of our drinking water monitored?
2. Do I need bottled or filtered water for safety?
3. My water pressure is too low/weak. What should I do?
4. My water smells/tastes abnormal. What should I do?
5. Why does my water taste or smell different during different times of the year?
6. Why does my water sometimes look cloudy?
7. Do I have hard water?
8. Some of my faucet strainers are clogging with white particles. What causes this?