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City Services Committee receives report on city’s drinking water – Pasadena Now

Water from Pasadena Water and Power faucets meets all drinking water quality standards set by the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the California Department of Public Health, according to the 2020 Consumer Confidence (CCR) report on water quality for PWPs.

According to the Centers for Disease Control, the EPA sets standards and regulations for many different contaminants in public drinking water, including germs and pathogenic chemicals.

The EPA also sets legal limits for more than 90 contaminants in drinking water.

The legal limit for a contaminant reflects the level that protects human health and that water supply systems can achieve using the best available technology. EPA rules also establish schedules and water testing methods that water systems must follow.

PWP reported on all the details of the CCR to the city services committee on Tuesday.

“The drinking water that is delivered to the community of Pasadena meets all standards regulated by the United States Environmental Protection Agency and the CA Division of Drinking Water,” said Margie Otto, manager. of public information for DWP.

“Like all sources of water, there are a variety of chemicals, most natural, but some artificial. Most of these chemicals are harmless, but drinking water is treated to ensure it meets all regulations.

The report says that in 2020, PWP provided 31,182 acre-feet of water – approximately 10.16 billion gallons of water on an annual basis – to serve more than 168,000 consumers in Pasadena, parts of the non-areas. Incorporated of Altadena, East Pasadena and San Gabriel.

Of the volume, about 39 percent was pumped from local groundwater and 61 percent came from imported surface water purchased from the Metropolitan Water District (MWD). Less than one percent was purchased from nearby agencies that combine surface water and groundwater.

Since 1989, PWP has sent these CCR reports directly to customers, as required by state and federal laws. In early 2013, the EPA began allowing drinking water providers to send annual RCCs in electronic format, which helped them save on printing and mailing costs and reduced the impact. environmental impact of the production of several thousand printed CCRs.

PWP publishes the annual CCR on its web page so that customers can open them with the click of a mouse or hit a return key and read the content with ease.

For PWP customers, the final CCR 2020 is available as a direct download in PDF format at It can also be viewed electronically, along with more information on PWP’s water quality and federal and state reporting requirements, at

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