City customers enjoy the highest quality water service, with all drinking water quality measurements meeting or surpassing all State and Federal drinking water standards, as Department of Utilities staff explained at the Sacramento City Council meeting on Sept. 13.

The City Council was presented the 2016 Drinking Water Public Health Goals by city Utilities staff at the meeting.

Each day, we test our water hundreds of times to ensure that we continue to meet the standards (Maximum Contaminant Levels, or MCLs) as required by the State and Federal Government.

We annually report on our water quality. Each June, information about the report is included in water bills. Our annual water quality report, also called a Consumer Confidence Report (CCR) is available on the Utilities webpage.

The City also strives to meet Public Health Goals (PHGs) which are set by the State of California to encourage drinking water providers to do the best they can to provide safe, high-quality drinking water. They are goals, not requirements, for the City to achieve. The City actively works toward these goals and reports on them to the City Council every 3 years.

Our 2016 Public Health Goals report does not recommend any action at this time. Available treatment processes to meet PHGs would significantly increase customer water bills without any guarantee of a significant increase in protection to public health or effective reduction of contaminants below current levels.

The CCR shows that our drinking water is of the highest quality and we continue to evaluate technologies to meet Public Health Goals.

If you have questions about the City’s water quality and water treatment process, visit the Utilities webpage or call 311.