At Liberty Utilities, we are dedicated to providing our customers with safe and reliable water. Because we care about our customers, we want to provide you with troubleshooting tips and helpful information about your water. In addition, we pride ourselves in our transparency by providing you with reports that provide you with relevant information on our operation and your water quality.
Chemicals and medications are difficult and costly to remove during the wastewater treatment process. Some of them cannot be removed and end up back in streams and groundwater. It is important to properly dispose of the items below.
Unused medications shouldn’t be kept where they might be abused, but flushing them down the drain is not a good option. By flushing them, they dissolve and become very hard to remove from the water, introducing the chemicals back into the environment. They also have the potential to create drug-resistant viruses and bacteria. The FDA recommends crushing unused medications up with small-grained waste and throwing it in the trash.
Like medications, these chemicals are very hard to remove during the wastewater treatment process. Many also have the potential to corrode your pipes. Check the instructions on the back of the container to find out how to best dispose of chemicals. Also check with your local county for hazardous chemical collection dates.
Bathroom wipes — those thick, moist towelettes — are advertised as flushable and can, in fact, be flushed down the toilet. Once in the sewer system, however, studies have found they don’t break down. Instead they contribute to clogs in the pipes and pumps, requiring costly repairs. Other clogging culprits include baby wipes, paper towels, make-up removing towels, disinfecting wipes, and feminine products. These should all be disposed of in the trash.
Water is fun, but can be dangerous. It’s important to follow water safety practices while around water. That includes in the house or while enjoying a pool, lake, river or stream. Here are some good practices for water safety:
For more information on children and water safety, contact your local county.
FOG stands for FATS, OILS, and GREASE. They hide in many places like baked goods and pastries, lard, butter, cream-based sauces, dairy, and gravy. Oils are fat in its liquid form, found in vegetable oils, margarine, and salad dressing. This also includes motor oil. Greases are made of meat drippings, greasy foods, etc.
When fats, oils and greases enter the wastewater or septic system, they cool, solidify and stick onto the sides of the pipe. Over time, more layers build until the line is completely blocked, causing backup which can lead to clogged drains and toilets, raw sewage backing up into your home and environment, expensive clean up, repairs and replacements, unpleasant odors and potential public health risks.
On Aug. 23, 2019, the State Water Board updated state guidelines that lower the current notification levels to 5.1 PPT for Perfluorooctanoic Acid (PFOA) and 6.5 PPT for Perfluorooctane Sulfonate (PFOS). The response levels for PFOA and PFOS remain at 70 PPT for the total combined concentration of the two constituents. Under Assembly Bill 756, which was signed by Gov. Newsom in July 2019, all public water systems are required to monitor for PFOA and PFOS and report the results of the tests to the public.
Liberty Utilities takes great pride in providing quality, reliable water to our customers and will continue to do what’s necessary to ensure our water always meets quality and safety standards, which are established to protect public health.
For more information on water quality, customers are encouraged to review their annual Consumer Confidence Reports or call 1-800-782-2506
Providing customers with safe, quality drinking water is a top priority for Liberty Utilities. We regularly monitor and test to provide our customers drinking water that meets all state and federal quality standards. Our water is thoroughly tested by independent laboratories, and data is provided to the State of California to verify compliance with all applicable safety regulations.
We have proactively taken one of our four local wells out of service after recent testing detected the presence of Perfluorooctanoic Acid (PFOA) and Perfluorooctane Sulfonate (PFOS) in the groundwater extracted from Well 28B serving customers in our Bellflower/Norwalk System.
Initial tests conducted at the well site confirmed that the combined concentration of PFOA and PFOS did not exceed California’s newly established Response Level of 70 ppt. However, because tests conducted during the third quarter of 2019 averaged a combined concentration of 71 ppt, Liberty Utilities has taken immediate action to remove Well 28B from production and notify city representatives.
What You Need To Know
The water delivered to customers in these communities has and continues to meet all quality and safety standards, which are established to protect public health.
PFOA and PFOS are fluorinated organic chemicals that have been used in the making of domestic products such as carpets, cookware and other products that are resistant to water, grease or stains. PFOA and PFOS have also been used for suppressing fires, primarily at airfields and military bases.
In May 2016, the California State Water Resources Control Board (SWRCB) updated state guidelines to establish a new Response Level of 70 ppt for the total combined concentration of the two constituents.
If you have questions about this notification or want to learn more about PFOA and PFOS, please visit LibertyUtilities.com or call one of our dedicated water quality professionals at 562-923-0177.
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