WATER QUALITY INFORMATION
Water quality is another key issue and becoming more so as demand for water increases. The local water is well within the drinking water standards set by the Department of Health Services and is considered by both locals and visitors to be of superior quality. Some of the factors that lend to the superior quality of the local water are:
When discussing water quality in the Twentynine Palms area, fluoride content in the local drinking water has always been an issue that merits attention. High concentrations of fluoride in some of the local water sources was one of the factors that required the District to begin taking action to improve the local water system in the early 1980's through the District Master Plan. For more information on water quality, reveiw the latest 2016 Consumer Confidence Report.
Local ground water has widely varying levels of naturally-occurring fluoride, depending upon the water's source; the more easterly the source; the higher the concentration of fluoride. These levels, when averaged out, maintain an overall District fluoride level of less than 1.4 ppm.
The California Department of Health Services allows for a fluoride level of only 2 ppm, while federal regulations in other areas allow up to 4 ppm in potable water. Because ground water is the sole source of supply to the Twentynine Palms area, the California State Department of Health has granted the District a variance which allows for a fluoride level of up to 3 ppm (75% of acceptable federal levels). Even with this variance, it is the District's long-term goal to maintain fluoride levels of not more than 2 ppm.
In order to provide and maintain the highest standard of healthful drinking water possible, the District employs a stringent testing schedule for all local water sources, based upon state and federal monitoring and quality regulations. This testing is conducted weekly for bacteria and fluoride, annually for radioactivity, and every three years for pesticides, minerals, inorganic substances, clarity, taste and odor.
Protecting Water Quality
Septic Tank Maintenance
Twentynine Palms does not have a central sewer system. Most people are unaware that they have a septic tank that disposes the waste water. In Septic Tanks solids settle on the bottom and scum rises to the top. Bacteria breaks up the solids. Excess fluids go out to the drain lines and are leached back into the ground. It's important to know how to properly care and maintain a Septic Tank. Periodically, these tanks will need to be pumped. For more information about how to care for a Septic Tank, please take a moment to click on the link - Caring for Septic Tanks.
Use and Dispose of Household Chemicals with Care
Household chemicals can pollute our water supply if we do not use them correctly and dispose of them properly. If they are flushed down the drain, they may end up in our groundwater. And if they are thrown into the garbage and hauled to a landfill, they may be leached, over time, into the soil and water surrounding the landfill. For more information about how to care for a Septic Tank, please take a moment to click on the link below.
What is Household Hazardous Waste?
What can I do to dispose of hazardous waste properly?
Facts About Your Water