Leading The Industry in Drinking Water Compliance
The California State Water Resources Control Board and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA) are charged with enforcing state and federal drinking water standards, which are the same for both investor-owned and municipal water providers.
Investor-owned water utilities (water IOUs) diligently work with state and federal officials to ensure that all water quality standards are maintained, and that drinking water is clean and safe.
In fact, water IOUs consistently lead the entire water industry in drinking water compliance. These water companies have an excellent compliance record when it comes to violations and fines of the federal Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA), according to a 2011 report by Water Intelligence Magazine, which analyzed U.S. EPA data on serious SDWA violators.
Several have been recognized for their exemplary water-quality compliance record. San Jose Water Company (SJWC), for example, was honored by the Partnership for Safe Water, a unique alliance of the USEPA, American Water Works Association, Association of Metropolitan Water Agencies and others. The award recognized SJWC’s commitment and execution of programs that improve the quality and safety of water delivered to customers.
The water IOUs’ state-certified water quality staff tests water for 200-plus contaminants on a daily, weekly, monthly and/or annual basis. With technological advances, contaminants can now be detected down to the microscopic levels. The results of this testing are reported to customers in annual Consumer Confidence Reports. These advances don’t come without a price, however. The new detection and treatment technologies, and increasingly stringent water quality standards, are increasing the costs of providing water service for all water providers–investor-owned and municipal alike.
Investor-owned water companies are proud of their ongoing track record of meeting or surpassing state and federal water quality standards while continuing to deliver a reliable supply of water at a reasonable cost.