Is Huntington Beach Tap Water Safe to Drink? (2023)

Huntington Beach Water Quality Report (Consumer Confidence Report)

The EPA mandates that towns and cities consistently monitor and test their tap water. They must report their findings in an annual Consumer Confidence Report. Below is the most recent water quality report from Huntington Beach's Water. If you would like to see the original version of the report, please click here.

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City of

This report contains important information about your drinking water.

If you do not understand it, speak with someone who can explain it.

Este informe contiene información muy importante sobre su agua potable.

Para mas información ó traducción, favor de contactar a

Customer Service Representative. Telefono: (714) 536-5921.

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So, the next time you turn on your faucet, think of the skilled professionals who stand behind every drop.

Serving our community through customer support, education, and outreach.

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Documenting and reporting test results and system operations to regulatory agencies; and

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Conducting tests and inspections on water and evaluating the results;

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Monitoring and inspecting machinery, meters, gauges, and operating conditions;

Operating and maintaining equipment to maintain water quality;

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Turn the tap and the water flows, as if by magic. Or so it seems.

The reality is considerably different, however. Delivering

high-quality

drinking water to our customers is a scientific and engineering feat that requires considerable effort and talent to ensure the water is always available to drink.

Because tap water is highly regulated by state and federal laws, water treatment and distribution operators must be licensed and are required to complete

on-the-job

training and technical education before becoming a state certified operator.

Our licensed water professionals have an understanding of a wide range of subjects, including mathematics, biology, chemistry, physics, and engineering. Some of the tasks they complete on a regular basis include:

Quality Water is Our Priority

The City of Huntington Beach Public Works Utilities Division vigilantly safeguards your water supply and, as in years past, the water delivered to your home or business meets all drinking water quality standards required by federal and state regulatory agencies. The U.S. Environmental

Protection Agency (USEPA) and the State Water Resources Control Board, Division of Drinking Water (DDW) are the agencies responsible for establishing and enforcing drinking water quality standards in the State of California.

In some cases, the City goes beyond what is required by testing for unregulated chemicals that may have known health risks, but do not have drinking water standards. In addition, the Orange County Water District (OCWD), which manages the groundwater basin, and the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California (MWDSC), which supplies treated imported surface water to the City, also test for regulated and unregulated chemicals in our water supply. Monitoring for unregulated chemicals helps USEPA and DDW determine where certain chemicals occur and whether new standards need to be established for those chemicals in order to protect public health.

Your drinking water is constantly monitored from source to tap for regulated and unregulated constituents through drinking water quality testing programs carried out by OCWD for groundwater, MWDSC for treated imported surface water and the Huntington Beach Utilities Division at the City’s groundwater wells, reservoirs, and distribution system.

The State allows us to monitor for some chemicals less than once per year because the concentrations of these chemicals do not change frequently. Some of our data, though representative, may be more than one year old.

drinking water quality testing performed in calendar year 2020.

Report to their customers.

This year’s report covers all

Your 2021 Water Quality Report

Since 1990, California public and private water utilities have been providing an annual Drinking Water Quality

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Through drinking water quality testing programs carried out by the Orange County Water District (OCWD) for groundwater, the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California (MWDSC)

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for treated surface water and the City of Huntington Beach for the water distribution system, your drinking water is constantly monitored from source to tap for constituents that are regulated and unregulated.

Sources of Supply

The City’s water supply is a blend of groundwater from nine City wells, and locally treated imported water originating from northern California and the Colorado River by MWDSC via the Municipal Water

District of Orange County (MWDOC) through three imported water connections. Groundwater comes from a natural underground aquifer that is replenished with water from the Santa Ana River, local rainfall, Groundwater Replenishment System (GWRS) recycled water, and imported water. The groundwater basin, which is managed by OCWD, is about 350 square miles. It lies beneath north and central Orange County, from Irvine to the Los Angeles County border and from Yorba Linda to the Pacific Ocean. More than 19 cities and retail water districts draw from the basin to provide water to homes and businesses.

In 2020, City of Huntington Beach source water consisted of 77% local groundwater and 23% imported treated surface water. Huntington Beach also has emergency water connections with the neighboring cities of Fountain Valley, Seal Beach, and Westminster.

Orange County’s Water Future

For years, Orange County has enjoyed an abundant, seemingly endless supply of high-quality water. However, as water demand continues to increase statewide, we must be even more conscientious about our water supply and maximize the efficient use of this precious natural resource.

OCWD implements and operates new and innovative water management and supply development programs, including water recycling, wetlands and recharge facility expansion, groundwater cleanup projects, storage programs, and water education programs for children through adults. MWDOC offers rebates and incentives to promote water-use efficiency and provides water education programs. Both agencies work cooperatively with Orange County retail water agencies to complete studies to assess water reliability in Orange County. These efforts are helping to enhance long-term countywide water reliability and water quality and a healthy water future for Orange County.

Your local and regional water agencies are committed to

making the necessary investments in new water management projects today to ensure an abundant and high-quality water supply for generations to come.

Basic Information About

Drinking Water Contaminants

The sources of drinking water (both tap water and bottled water) include rivers, lakes, streams, ponds, reservoirs, springs and underground aquifers. As water travels over the surface of the land, or through the layers of the earth, it dissolves naturally occurring minerals and, in some cases, radioactive material, and can pick up substances resulting from the presence of animal and human activity.

Contaminants that may be present in source water include:

  • Microbial contaminants, such as viruses and bacteria, may come from sewage treatment plants, septic systems, agricultural livestock operations and wildlife.
  • Pesticides and herbicides may come from a variety of sources such as agriculture, urban storm- water runoff and residential uses.
  • Inorganic contaminants, such as salts and metals, can be naturally occurring or result from urban
    storm runoff, industrial or domestic wastewater discharges, oil and gas production, mining and farming.
  • Organic chemical contaminants, including synthetic and volatile organic chemicals, are by-products of industrial processes and petroleum production, and can also come from gasoline stations, urban stormwater runoff, agricultural use and septic systems.
  • Radioactive contaminants can be naturally occurring or the result of oil and gas production or mining activities.

In order to ensure that tap water is safe to drink, USEPA and the DDW prescribe regulations that limit the

amount of certain contaminants in water provided by public water systems.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administra- tion regulations and California law also establish limits for contaminants in bottled water that must provide the same protection for public health. Drinking water, including bottled water, may reasonably be expected to contain at least small amounts of some contami-

nants. The presence of contaminants does not necessarily indicate that water poses a health risk.

More information about contaminants and potential health effects can be obtained by calling the USEPA’s Safe Drinking Water Hotline at (800) 426-4791, or visit: www.epa.gov/safewater.

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To Safeguard Against Issues that May Affect Your Health

Disinfectants and

treated with chlorine. In 1979, the USEPA set the maximum

Disinfection Byproducts

amount of total THMs allowed in drinking water at 100 parts per

billion as an annual running average. In January 2002, the Stage 1

Disinfection of drinking water was one

Disinfectants / Disinfection Byproducts Rule lowered the total

of the major public health advances in the

THM maximum annual average level to 80 parts per billion and

20th century. Disinfection was a major

added HAAs to the list of regulated chemicals in drinking water.

factor in reducing waterborne disease

Your drinking water complies with the Stage 1 Disinfectants /

epidemics caused by pathogenic bacteria

Disinfection Byproducts Rule.

and viruses, and it remains an essential part

Stage 2 of the regulation was finalized by USEPA in 2006,

of drinking water treatment today.

which further controls allowable levels of DBPs in drinking water

Chlorine disinfection has almost completely eliminated the

without compromising disinfection itself. A required distribution

risks of microbial waterborne diseases from our lives. Chlorine is

system evaluation was completed in 2008 and a Stage 2

added to your drinking water at the source of supply (groundwater

monitoring plan has been approved by DDW. Full Stage 2

well or surface water treatment plant). Enough chlorine is added

compliance began in 2012.

so that it does not completely dissipate as it travels through the

Chloramines

water distribution system. This “residual” chlorine helps to prevent

the growth of bacteria in the pipes that carry drinking water from

Huntington Beach receives

the source into your home or business.

imported water from MWDSC

However, chlorine can react with naturally-occurring materials

which produces water that is

in the water to form unintended chemical byproducts, called

treated with chloramines, a

disinfection byproducts (DBPs), which may pose health risks.

combination of chlorine and

A major challenge is how to balance the risks from microbial

ammonia, as its drinking water

pathogens and DBPs. It is important to provide protection from

disinfectant. Chloramines are effective killers of bacteria and other

these microbial pathogens while simultaneously ensuring

microorganisms that may cause disease. Chloramines form fewer

decreasing health risks from disinfection byproducts. The Safe

disinfection by-products than chlorine and have no odor when

Drinking Water Act requires the USEPA to develop rules to achieve

used properly. People who use kidney dialysis machines at home

these goals.

may want to take special precautions and consult their physician

Trihalomethanes (THMs) and Haloacetic Acids (HAAs) are the

for the appropriate type of water treatment. Customers who

most common and most studied DBPs found in drinking water

maintain fish ponds, tanks or aquaria should also make necessary

adjustments in water quality treatment, as chloramines

We Invite You to

or information or concerns about

are toxic to fish.

For further information please visit the USEPA

Learn More About

Fthis report, or your water quality in

webpage at www.epa.gov/dwreginfo/chloramines-

general, please contact Jon Erickson

Your Waters Quality

at (714) 536-5921, or send an e-mail

drinking-water.

to jerickson@surfcity-hb.org. You

Immunocompromised People

may also address your concerns at the regularly scheduled City Council

Some people may be more

meetings held at City Hall at 2000 Main Street in Huntington Beach

vulnerable to contaminants in

on the first and third Mondays of each month at 6:00 p.m. in the City

drinking water than the general

Hall Council Chambers, or at the monthly Public Works Commission

population. Immunocompromised

meeting held on the third Wednesday of every month at 5:00 p.m.

people, such as those with cancer

(refer to the City website — www.huntingtonbeachca.gov/ — for

who are undergoing chemotherapy,

location). Please feel free to participate in these meetings. The City

persons who have had organ

firmly believes in the public’s right to know as much as possible about

transplants, people with HIV/AIDS

the quality of their drinking water. Your input and concerns are very

important to us.

or other immune system disorders,

For more information about the health effects of the listed contami-

some elderly persons and infants

nants in the following tables, call the USEPA Safe Drinking Water

can be particularly at risk to

Hotline at (800) 426-4791, or on the web at: www.epa.gov/safewater.

infections. These people should seek advice about

drinking water from their health care providers.

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About Lead in Tap Water

If present, elevated levels of lead can cause serious health problems, especially for pregnant women and young children. Lead in drinking water is primarily from materials and components associated with water service lines and home plumbing.

The City of Huntington Beach Utilities Division is responsible for providing high quality drinking water, but cannot control the variety of materials used in plumbing components. When your water has been sitting for several hours, you can minimize the potential for lead exposure by flushing your tap for 30 seconds to 2 minutes before using water for drinking or cooking.

If you are concerned about lead in your water, you may wish to have your water tested. Information on lead in drinking water, testing methods, and steps you can take to minimize exposure is available from the EPA Lead Info Center Hotline at (800) 424-5323, or visit: www.epa.gov/safewater/lead.

Fluoridation

Fluoride occurs naturally in Huntington Beach’s water supplies. In addition to the natural levels, the City adds a small amount of fluoride to the water to promote dental benefits per a majority vote of the community during the early 1970s.

Fluoridation’s primary benefit is to help prevent tooth decay in children. Because of the dramatic health benefits of fluoridating drinking water, a 1997 Assembly Bill of the State of California mandated all large system water suppliers to begin fluoridating their systems.

The City’s water is fluoridated to the DDW optimal levels within a range of 0.6 to 1.2 parts per million (ppm).

For additional information about the fluoridation of drinking water, please visit:

Huntington Beach Utilities staff monitor daily to ensure the City’s water meets or exceeds all regulatory quality standards.

U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

www.cdc.gov/fluoridation/

State Water Resources Control Board, Division of Drinking Water

www.waterboards.ca.gov/drinking_water/certlic/

Huntington Beach Utilities staff collects one of the many daily water

samples used to test and verify the City’s water quality.

drinkingwater/Fluoridation.html

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What are Water Quality Standards?

Drinking water standards established by USEPA and DDW set limits for substances that may affect consumer health or aesthetic qualities of drinking water. The charts in this report show the following types of water quality standards:

  • Maximum Contaminant Level (MCL): The highest level of a contaminant that is allowed in drinking water. Primary MCLs are set as close to the PHGs (or MCLGs) as is economically and technologically feasible.
  • Maximum Residual Disinfectant Level (MRDL): The highest level of a disinfectant allowed in drinking water. There is convincing evidence that addition of a disinfectant is necessary for control of microbial contaminants.
  • Secondary MCLs are set to protect the odor, taste, and appearance of drinking water.
  • Primary Drinking Water Standard: MCLs for contaminants that affect health along with their monitoring and reporting requirements and water treatment requirements.
  • Regulatory Action Level (AL): The concentration of a contaminant which, if exceeded, triggers treatment or other requirements that a water system must follow.

What is a Water Quality Goal?

In addition to mandatory water quality standards, USEPA and DDW have set voluntary water quality goals for some contaminants. Water quality goals are often set at such low levels that they are not achievable in practice and are not directly measurable. Nevertheless, these goals provide useful guideposts and direction for water management practices. The charts in this report include three types of water quality goals:

  • Maximum Contaminant Level Goal (MCLG): The level of a contaminant in drinking water below which there is no known or expected risk to health. MCLGs are set by USEPA.
  • Maximum Residual Disinfectant Level Goal (MRDLG): The level of a drinking water disinfectant below which there is no known or expected risk to health. MRDLGs do not reflect the benefits of the use of disinfectants to control microbial contaminants.
  • Public Health Goal (PHG): The level of a contaminant in drinking water below which there is no known or expected risk to health. PHGs are set by the California Environmental Protection Agency.

How are Contaminants Measured?

Water is sampled and tested throughout the year. Contaminants are measured in:

  • parts per million (ppm) or milligrams per liter (mg/L)
  • parts per billion (ppb) or micrograms per liter (µg/L)
  • parts per trillion (ppt) or nanograms per liter (ng/L)

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2020 City of Huntington Beach Drinking Water Quality

Local Groundwater and Metropolitan Water District Treated Surface Water

Average

Average

PHG

Local

MWD

Range of

MCL

Typical Source

Chemical

MCL

(MCLG)

Groundwater

Surface Water

Detections

Violation?

of Contaminant

Radiologicals – Tested in 2020

Alpha Radiation (pCi/L)

15

(0)

ND

<3

ND – 3

No

Erosion of Natural Deposits

Beta Radiation (pCi/L)

50

(0)

NR

<4

ND – 7

No

Decay of Natural and Man-made Deposits

Uranium (pCi/L)

20

0.43

3.15

2

ND – 7.49

No

Erosion of Natural Deposits

Inorganic Chemicals – Tested in 2020

Aluminum (ppm)

1

0.6

ND

0.137

ND – 0.26

No

Treatment Process Residue,

Natural Deposits

Arsenic (ppb)

10

0.004

<2.0

ND

ND – 2

No

Treatment Process Residue,

Natural Deposits

Barium (ppm)

1

2

<0.1

0.107

ND – 0.107

No

Refinery Discharge,

Erosion of Natural Deposits

Bromate (ppb)

10

0.1

NR

1.9

ND – 1.3

No

Byproduct of Drinking Water Ozonation

Fluoride (ppm) naturally-occurring

2

1

0.44

NR

0.32 – 0.57

No

Erosion of Natural Deposits

Fluoride (ppm) treatment-related *

2

1

0.79

0.7

0.369 – 1

No

Water Additive for Dental Health

Nitrate as N (ppm)

10

10

<0.4

ND

ND – 1.02

No

Agriculture Runoff and Sewage

Nitrate and Nitrite as N (ppm)

10

10

<0.4

ND

ND – 1.03

No

Agriculture Runoff and Sewage

Secondary Standards** – Tested in 2020

Aluminum (ppb)

200**

600

ND

137

ND – 260

No

Treatment Process Residue,

Natural Deposits

Chloride (ppm)

500**

n/a

45.4

94

12.7 – 97.9

No

Runoff or Leaching from Natural Deposits

Color (color units)

15**

n/a

1.1

1

ND – 10

No

Naturally-occurring Organic Materials

Manganese (ppb)

50**

n/a

<20

ND

ND – 29.7

No

Runoff or Leaching from Natural Deposits

Odor (threshold odor number)

3**

n/a

1.8

2

ND – 32

No

Naturally-occurring Organic Materials

Specific Conductance (µmho/cm)

1,600**

n/a

536

970

356 – 975

No

Substances that Form Ions in Water

Sulfate (ppm)

500**

n/a

53

216

24 – 217

No

Runoff or Leaching from Natural Deposits

Total Dissolved Solids (ppm)

1,000**

n/a

360

592

216 – 720

No

Runoff or Leaching from Natural Deposits

Turbidity (NTU)

5**

n/a

0.2

ND

ND – 0.7

No

Runoff or Leaching from Natural Deposits

Unregulated Chemicals – Tested in 2020

Alkalinity, total as CaCO3 (ppm)

Not Regulated

n/a

149

118

111 – 181

n/a

Runoff or Leaching from Natural Deposits

Boron (ppm)

NL = 1

n/a

<0.1

0.13

ND – 0.13

n/a

Runoff or Leaching from Natural Deposits

Calcium (ppm)

Not Regulated

n/a

60.2

66

22.6 – 119

n/a

Runoff or Leaching from Natural Deposits

Hardness, total as CaCO3 (ppm)

Not Regulated

n/a

189

265

63.7 – 392

n/a

Runoff or Leaching from Natural Deposits

Hardness, total (grains/gallon)

Not Regulated

n/a

11

15

4 – 23

n/a

Runoff or Leaching from Natural Deposits

Magnesium (ppm)

Not Regulated

n/a

9.4

26

1.8 – 26

n/a

Runoff or Leaching from Natural Deposits

N-nitrosodimethylamine (ppt)

NL = 10

n/a

ND

3.1

ND – 3.1

n/a

Byproduct of Drinking Water Chloramination,

Industrial Processes

pH (pH units)

Not Regulated

n/a

8

8.1

7.8 – 8.2

n/a

Hydrogen Ion Concentration

Potassium (ppm)

Not Regulated

n/a

2.7

4.6

1.8 – 4.7

n/a

Runoff or Leaching from Natural Deposits

Sodium (ppm)

Not Regulated

n/a

50.6

96

34.8 – 98

n/a

Runoff or Leaching from Natural Deposits

Total Organic Carbon (ppm)

TT

n/a

<0.3

2.4

ND – 2.7

n/a

Various Natural and Man-made Sources

Vanadium (ppb)

NL = 50

n/a

<3

ND

ND – 6.4

n/a

Runoff or Leaching from Natural Deposits

ppb = parts-per-billion; ppm = parts-per-million; ppt = parts per trillion; pCi/L = picoCuries per liter; NTU = nephelometric turbidity units; µmho/cm = micromhos per centimeter;

NR = Not Required to be analyzed; ND = not detected; < = average is less than the detection limit for reporting purposes; MCL = Maximum Contaminant Level; (MCLG) = Federal MCL Goal; PHG = California Public Health Goal; NL = Notification Level; n/a = not applicable; TT = treatment technique

*The City of Huntington Beach and the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California add fluoride to the naturally-occurring levels in order to help prevent dental cavities.

The fluoride level in the treated water is maintained within an optimal range of 0.6 to 1.2 as required by the State Water Resources Control Board, Division of Drinking Water regulations. **Contaminant is regulated by a secondary standard.

Turbidity – combined filter effluent

Treatment

Turbidity

TT

Typical Source

Metropolitan Water District Diemer Filtration Plant

Technique

Measurements

Violation?

of Contaminant

1)

Highest single turbidity measurement

0.3 NTU

0.04

No

Soil Runoff

2)

Percentage of samples less than 0.3 NTU

95%

100%

No

Soil Runoff

Turbidity is a measure of the cloudiness of the water, an indication of particulate matter, some of which might include harmful microorganisms.

NTU = nephelometric turbidity units

Low turbidity in Metropolitan’s treated water is a good indicator of effective filtration. Filtration is called a ”treatment technique” (TT).

A treatment technique is a required process intended to reduce the level of chemicals in drinking water that are difficult and sometimes impossible to measure directly.

Unregulated Chemicals Requiring Monitoring

Average

Average

Notification

Local

MWD

Range of

Most Recent

Chemical

Level

PHG

Groundwater

Surface Water

Detections

Sampling Date

Bromide (ppm)

n/a

n/a

0.25

NR

0.076 – 0.785

2019

Germanium (ppb)

n/a

n/a

0.04

0.1

ND – 0.4

2019

Manganese (ppb)***

50*

n/a

8.9

1.7

0.8 – 20.1

2019

Total Organic Carbon (Unfiltered) (ppm)

n/a

n/a

0.26

NR

0.06 – 0.7

2019

***Manganese was included as part of the unregulated chemicals requiring monitoring.

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2020 City of Huntington Beach Distribution System Water Quality

MCL

Average

Range of

MCL

Typical Source

Disinfection Byproducts

(MRDL/MRDLG)

Amount

Detections

Violation?

of Contaminant

Total Trihalomethanes (ppb)

80

40

4.7 – 46

No

Byproducts of chlorine disinfection

Haloacetic Acids (ppb)

60

14

1.8 – 18

No

Byproducts of chlorine disinfection

Chlorine Residual (ppm)

(4 / 4)

0.89

0.63 – 1.33

No

Disinfectant added for treatment

Aesthetic Quality

Color (color units)

15*

<5

ND – 15

No

Erosion of natural deposits

Odor (threshold odor number)

3*

1.1

1 – 17

No

Naturally-occuring Organic Materials

Turbidity (NTU)

5*

0.11

ND – 1.05

No

Erosion of natural deposits

Eight locations in the distribution system are tested quarterly for total trihalomethanes and haloacetic acids; six locations are tested weekly for color, odor, and turbidity. MRDL = Maximum Residual Disinfectant Level; MRDLG = Maximum Residual Disinfectant Level Goal

*Contaminant is regulated by a secondary standard to maintain aesthetic qualities (taste, odor, color).

Lead and Copper Action Levels at Residential Taps

Action Level

Public

90th Percentile

Sites Exceeding AL /

AL

Typical Source

(AL)

Health Goal

Value

Number of Sites

Violation?

of Contaminant

Lead (ppb)

15

0.2

7

1 out of 60

No

Corrosion of household plumbing

Copper (ppm)

1.3

0.3

0.18

0 out of 60

No

Corrosion of household plumbing

Every three years, at least 50 selected residences are tested for lead and copper at-the-tap. The most recent set of 60 samples was collected in 2018.

Lead was detected in 14 samples, one of which exceeded the regulatory lead action level (AL). Copper was detected in 35 samples, none of which exceeded the copper AL.

A regulatory action level is the concentration of a contaminant which, if exceeded, triggers treatment or other requirements that a water system must follow.

In 2020, no school submitted a request to be sampled for lead.

Unregulated Chemicals Requiring Monitoring in the Distribution System

Notification

Average

Range of

Most Recent

Chemical

Level

PHG

Amount

Detections

Sampling Date

Bromochloroacetic Acid (ppb)

n/a

n/a

3.2

0.8 – 7.6

2019

Bromodichloroacetic Acid (ppb)

n/a

n/a

1.5

ND – 3

2019

Chlorodibromoacetic Acid (ppb)

n/a

n/a

1.2

0.6 -3.6

2019

Dibromoacetic Acid (ppb)

n/a

n/a

2.3

1.2 – 7

2019

Dichloroacetic Acid (ppb)

n/a

MCLG = 0

3.2

ND – 6.2

2019

Monobromoacetic Acid (ppb)

n/a

n/a

0.12

ND – 0.9

2019

Tribromoacetic Acid (ppb)

n/a

n/a

0.3

ND – 2.7

2019

Trichloroacetic Acid (ppb)

n/a

MCLG = 20

1.2

ND – 2.1

2019

Source Water Assessments

Imported (MWDSC) Water Assessment

Every five years, MWDSC is required by DDW to examine possible sources of drinking water contamination in its State Water Project and Colorado River source waters.

The most recent watershed sanitary survey of its source water

supplies from the Colorado River was

updated in 2015 and the State Water

Project was updated in 2016.

Water from the Colorado River is

considered to be most vulnerable to contamination from recreation,

urban/stormwater runoff, increasing

urbanization in the watershed, and wastewater. Water supplies from Northern California’s State Water Project are most vulnerable to contamination from urban/stormwater runoff, wildlife, agriculture, recreation, and wastewater.

USEPA also requires MWDSC to complete one Source Water Assessment (SWA) that utilizes information collected in the watershed sanitary survey. MWDSC completed its SWA in

December 2002. The SWA is used to evaluate the vulnerability of water sources to contamination and helps determine whether more protective measures are needed.

A copy of the most recent summary of either Watershed Sanitary Survey or the SWA can be obtained by calling MWDSC at

(800) CALL-MWD (225-5693).

Groundwater Assessment

An assessment of the groundwater sources for Huntington Beach was completed in December, 2002. The ground-

water sources are considered most vulnerable to the

following activities not associated with detected contaminants: dry cleaners, electrical/electronic manufacturing, gas stations, known contaminant plumes, metal plating, finishing, or fabricating, military installations and plastics/synthetics producers.

You may request a summary of the assessment by contacting Alvin Papa, the City’s Deputy Director of Public Works Utilities, at (714) 536-5921.

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Have you ever wondered where your water comes from? Here in the City of Huntington Beach our water is drawn from local groundwater supplies then blended with water imported from both Northern California and the Colorado River.

Water from Northern California travels to us through a complex delivery system known as the California State Water Project. Designed and built in the 1960s, the State Water Project is one of the largest public water and power utilities in the world, providing drinking water for more than 25 million people statewide.

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Managed by the California Department of Water Resources, the project stretches

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over 700 miles, from Lake Oroville in the north to Lake Perris in the south. Water

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Lake

stored in Lake Oroville, Folsom Lake, and other tributaries, and fed by snow melt

Oroville

from the Sierra Nevada Mountains, flows into the Sacramento and San Joaquin

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rivers, and from there into reservoirs in the Bay-Delta region.

Sacramento

River

From the Bay-Delta, giant pumps lift the water into the 444-mile-long California

River

Aqueduct, there to flow southward to cities and farms in Central and Southern

Folsom

SACRAMENTO

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California. Composed mainly of concrete-lined canals, the Aqueduct also

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includes over 20 miles of tunnels, more than 130 miles of pipelines,

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and 27 miles of siphons. Along the way, the water is pumped

Reservoir

Managed by the Metropolitan

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2,882 feet over the Tehachapi Mountains. The Edmonston

Bay-Delta

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Pumping Plant alone lifts millions of gallons a day up

California, the Colorado River

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San

1,926 feet, the highest single water lift in the world.

Joaquin

Aqueduct begins near Parker Dam

FRANCISCO

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Is it any wonder the State Water Project is the

on the Colorado River. There, the

Millerton

largest single consumer of power in the

Gene Pumping Station lifts the water

Lake

State of California?

over 300 feet as it begins its 242 mile

journey to Lake Mathews, just outside

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the City of Corona. Along the way, the water

STATE WATER PROJECT

passes through two reservoirs, five

pumping stations, 62 miles of

BAKERSFIELD

Lake

Isabella

canals, and 176 miles of tunnels,

buried conduits and siphons. All

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THE CHRISMAN PUMPING PLANT

told, the water is lifted four times,

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ON THE CALIFORNIA AQUEDUCT

Plant

a total of more than 1,300 feet.

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Aqueduct

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Near Cabazon, the aqueduct flows underground, passing beneath

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the San Jacinto Mountains and continuing until it reaches its

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terminus at Lake Mathews. From there, 156 miles of distribution lines,

River

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along with eight more tunnels and five drinking water treatment plants,

delivers treated water throughout Southern California.

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Is Huntington Beach Tap Water Safe to Drink? (9)

Water from State Water Project

Reservoir

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Disinfection

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of Southern California

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The City of Huntington Beach Utilities Division vigorously works to ensure the safety of your drinking water and, in conjunction with MWDSC and OCWD, continuously monitors the water to verify adherence with drinking water regulations.

How Does Our Water Get to Us?

Importing water from hundreds of miles away is only the start to providing you clean, fresh water. Once the water is in the southland, the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California, in partnership with the Municipal Water District of Orange County, treats and pumps the water to individual cities throughout Orange County. The Orange County Water District, which manages the groundwater basin beneath Central and Northern Orange County, ensures the quality and supply of groundwater throughout its service area. The City of Huntington Beach sits atop the county aquifer and draws water from this local source, then blends it with the imported surface water.

Big Bear

San Bernardino

Cascading from its source high in the San Bernardino

Reservoir

Mountains

Mountains, the Santa Ana River is fed by a watershed

over 2,500 square miles in area. River water is

captured behind Prado Dam and slowly released

Seven to help replenish the Orange County Groundwater

Oaks

Basin. Percolation ponds in Anaheim and Orange

Wetlands

Dam

hold this water so it can seep into the basin.

Prado

Dam

Drinking Water

To

Santa Ana River

Ocean

Supply Well

Percolation

Ponds

Orange County

Groundwater Basin

(Aquifer)

The Need to Conserve Water Remains A High Priority Throughout California

Southern California has an arid climate and wise water use needs to become a part of everyone’s daily lives. For as finite as our water resources are, they get smaller every year. Simple water saving acts like the ones listed here can save countless gallons of water every day.

Soak pots and pans instead of letting water run while you scrub them clean. This both saves water and makes the job easier.

Keep a pitcher of drinking water in the refrigerator. This can save

gallons of water every day and it’s always cold!

Plug the sink instead of running water to rinse your razor or wet

your toothbrush. This can save upwards of 300 gallons of water a

month.

Use a broom instead of a hose to clean off sidewalks and

driveways. It takes very little time to sweep and the water savings quickly adds up.

Check your sprinkler system for leaks, overspray, and broken

sprinkler heads and repair promptly. This can save countless

gallons each time you water.

Water plants in the early morning. It reduces evaporation and

ensures deeper watering.

Where Do We Use Water the Most?

Outdoor watering of lawns and gardens makes up approxi- mately 60% of home water use. By reducing your outdoor water use — by either cutting back on irrigation or planting more drought tolerant landscaping — you can dramatically reduce your overall water use.

Save the most where you use the most:

Make your outdoor use efficient.

Where Can You Learn More?

There’s a wealth of information on the internet about Drinking Water Quality and water issues in general. Some good sites to begin your own research are:

Metropolitan Water District of So. California: www.mwdh2o.com California Department of Water Resources: www.water.ca.gov The Water Education Foundation: www.watereducation.org

To learn more about Water Conservation & Rebate Information: www.bewaterwise.com www.ocwatersmart.com

And to see the Aqueducts in action, checkout these two videos: Wings Over the State Water Project: youtu.be/8A1v1Rr2neU Wings Over the Colorado Aqueduct: youtu.be/KipMQh5t0f4

City of Huntington Beach Utilities Division

2000 Main Street Huntington Beach, California 92648

(714) 536-5921 www.huntingtonbeachca.gov

Contaminants

City of Huntington Beach

EWG's drinking water quality report shows results of tests conducted by the water utility and provided to the Environmental Working Group by the California State Water Resources Control Board, as well as information from the U.S. EPA Enforcement and Compliance History database (ECHO). For the latest quarter assessed by the U.S. EPA (January 2019 - March 2019), tap water provided by this water utility was in compliance with federal health-based drinking water standards.

Utility details

  • Serves: 201000
  • Data available: 2012-2017
  • Data Source: Purchased surface water
  • Total: 23

Contaminants That Exceed Guidelines

  • 1%2C4-Dioxane
  • Arsenic
  • Bromodichloromethane
  • Bromoform
  • Chloroform
  • Chromium (hexavalent)
  • Dibromochloromethane
  • Dichloroacetic acid
  • Nitrate
  • Nitrate and nitrite
  • Total trihalomethanes (TTHMs)
  • Trichloroacetic acid
  • Uranium

Other Detected Contaminants

  • Barium
  • Bromide
  • Chlorate
  • Dibromoacetic acid
  • Fluoride
  • Haloacetic acids (HAA5)
  • Manganese
  • Molybdenum
  • Strontium
  • Vanadium

Reminder

Always take extra precautions, the water may be safe to drink when it leaves the sewage treatment plant but it may pick up pollutants during its way to your tap. We advise that you ask locals or hotel staff about the water quality. Also, note that different cities have different water mineral contents.

Sources and Resources

Sources Cited

echo.epa.gov/detailed-facility-report?fid=CA3010053&sys=SDWIS

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Huntington Beach Tap Water

My previous experience with Huntington Beach Tap Water was a great one. I had gone to a party at my friend’s house that night, and she asked if I would like some tap water for a soak. Sure, I said, why not. I loaded up my jug and went to take a long relaxing bath while drinking the sweet-tasting water. I came out of the bath refreshed, and I was ready to play some poker with my friends when suddenly I felt a strong and unmistakable tingling sensation in my head. I quickly looked down to see that I had a massive headache and wondered what was wrong.

Was it the chlorine? Maybe the dehydration? No, it was something else. As I continued to stare at the water in front of me, an extraordinary feeling began to wash over me. It was as if some invisible force was tugging on my temples and forcing them to swell with every drink I took.

When I finally realized what was going on, I quickly got out of the tub and went outside to see if I could figure out where this water had come from. As it turned out, it was coming from a nearby lake that was releasing fish into the water regularly. I immediately called my friend and asked her what she thought might be causing this problem, and she told me that several birds frequent the area and that they must be picking up the seeds from these birds’ droppings. So now I have a new hobby…sucking up bird poop!

Huntington Beach Drinking Water

As a Huntington Beach resident, I am very much aware of the importance of clean, safe, and reliable drinking water. Unfortunately, this is a resort town. All too often, you see the news reports concerning the pollution in local streams and rivers or the contamination of local lakes and bays by irresponsible city residents. Of course, most of these irresponsible city residents are voted in by their political leaders. Still, I find that many who live and work on the shore are just as concerned about the quality of local drinking water as much as those living inland. After all, we all need to take responsibility for our health!

I contend that there are three significant problems with the drinking water supply of Huntington Beach. First of all, there is a concern about bacterial contamination of local streams and rivers. The problem is the large numbers of untreated fecal coliform bacteria in our local rivers and streams. These bacteria grow and breed in the warm, moist conditions encountered by marine life as they feed on the algae that cover the water’s bottom.

Second, the chlorine that is added to our tap water in massive amounts is a serious threat to the health of every citizen who uses this municipal water supply. While it kills bacteria, it is also a potent carcinogen that contributes to cancerous growth. Finally, while it kills bacteria, it does not kill viruses, which means that we are dealing with a host of potentially harmful issues here. My goal has always been to try to help find alternate sources for my drinking water, which is why I have recently become involved with a new company that has been making a remarkable breakthrough in the field of filtration technology.

Huntington Beach Water Quality

You are probably aware that the water at Huntington Beach, California, is considered to be among the best in the nation and that you can enjoy some of the best fishing and snorkeling in the world. But did you know that it has also been ranked as one of the nation’s most polluted places? This article will take a brief look at what is involved in this ranking.

Huntington Beach is one of the cities in Southern California that receive an influx of tourists from all over the world each year. Unfortunately, a lot of this tourist influx is made up of people who do not have good water quality in their homes, hotels, and businesses. Some of these people tend to end up drinking water that is not fit to drink because they are used to it. It is sad to think about how much pollution is out there in the water that is meant to make your life easier and taste better. If you own a business or a home in the area, you need to make sure that you have the best quality equipment, filters, and water purifiers that you can afford. Doing this will benefit you in many different ways.

For instance, you will have more customers due to having clean, fresh water to serve your guests. This means that your beach resort or hotel will be filled with people who are ready to have fun and have a great time. It is also a good thing for the environment, which is always essential to think about when you are thinking about doing something that impacts the world around you. In addition to ensuring that you have the right equipment to use, you need to make sure that you filter the water not to end up back in the ocean. You may not realize this, but the fish that you catch and bring home to your dinner table are affected by the water quality that you have.

Huntington Beach Drinking Water Quality

Recently I attended a seminar in California on the subject of Huntington Beach’s drinking water quality. My appearance was somewhat controversial because the director of the California Environmental Protection Agency at the time, Barbara Walworth, is an appointee of the pro-business lobby group, The Pacific Institute, and has been attacking my work on the high degree of fluoride contamination in our public water supplies. She is widely considered to be an expert on the subject. She has been trying to undermine my work for years. I attended the seminar because I wanted to learn more about the mysterious cases of cancer that are often attributed to cryptosporidium and giardia consumption.

At the seminar, I listened to one of the experts on the subject, Dr. William Trautman, a world-renowned forensic pathologist. Dr. Trautman indicated there is a definite link between cancer and the consumption of cryptosporidium or giardia. He also stated that the amount of chlorine added to the water supplies found in almost all of the country’s major cities is too much. Unfortunately, many people do not realize that chlorine is added to drinking water to taste better. Still, it can damage the human body over time due to its chlorine disinfection abilities.

There are several additional reasons that the water quality of our homes is so poor. Several chemicals are routinely added to our groundwater at the municipal level. As you know, if you have a garden, they are often sprayed onto your vegetables, fruits, and even plants. These chemical fertilizers are, in fact, so dangerous that some homeowners have had to pay significant fines to remove them from their property. If your municipality isn’t required to test for these carcinogenic substances, I highly recommend that you insist that they do so. Your local water authority needs to protect you and your family; doing your research will be an excellent investment.

Huntington Beach Water District

The Huntington Beach Water District provides various boating experiences, including chartering, powerboats, and other watercraft rentals. The water is calm and clear, and the wildlife is plentiful. If you are interested in seeing the creatures that live underwater, the Sea Life Park is open from April through October. In this three-acre park, visitors can view several tropical fish species, including King Salmon, Shortfin Tuna, and Cobia fish. You can also enjoy a variety of shallow sea creatures like lobsters and crabs.

If you are looking for excitement, you can check out the Top Secret Island Lodge. Located on a private island in Laguna Beach, the lodge offers an assortment of outdoor activities for all ages. The beach itself offers a wide array of family activities, including boating, surfing, and jet skiing. You can also go hiking and experience nature up close. The hotel’s pool is heated year-round for use by guests.

Many hotels, pubs, and restaurants can be found in the Huntington Beach Water District, which offers many local attractions, restaurants, and nightlife options. If you would prefer to stay indoors, you can find accommodations at one of the area’s hotels. Hotels include the Days Inn on Ocean Boulevard, the Surf and Sand Hotel in Laguna Niguel, the Ramada Resort on Surfside, and the Surfside Suites by Hilton Huntington Beach. You can also book a room at one of the hotels if you plan on traveling out of town on occasion.

Huntington Beach Water Quality Report

The City of Huntington Beach has a water quality report that the State mandates. This is done yearly and gives a good idea of how clean your local supply of water is. Unfortunately, not all cities or counties have these reports available. If you are looking at having a good quality water supply coming into your home, there is no better time than now to start. There have been no significant water quality problems found in over twenty years, so this means it should not be an issue.

To view this report, you need first to locate your local county office. Once there, you will need to enter your zip code. Then you will be directed to a page where you can find the office’s address and all of the information you need. You can also call them if you have any further questions. You can also go online to find out more about your particular county, as well as the report itself.

The information found in this report is not only limited to the city of Huntington Beach. You can find the report for your county, too. If you are having issues with local supply, this is the most accessible place to turn. You can get the necessary information so that you can make decisions on where to source your water. No matter what kind of issues you are dealing with, you can find out what your local water quality report says.

Huntington Beach Water System

The water system of the city of Huntington Beach is imposing. It is one of the best water systems you will ever see in your life, and that’s because it works so well. For those who live on the east side of town, the water system is supplied by a human-made lake that feeds into the main sewer line and works along with the storm drain. But the whole system works exceptionally well, which means that you don’t have to worry about getting any clogs or packages or problems.

As far as the size of the lake, it is not very large. It is approximately five acres in size and has a depth of around sixteen feet. This means that it can cope with any normal-sized vacation home or even a tiny house with an above-ground pool. The system works perfectly well for dwellings as long as they are located on either side of the lake. A big levee on the north shore helps keep out any big waves from the ocean that would otherwise damage the system. All in all, this is a great system to have if you live on the East Coast.

For those who live on the Westside, then you will find that your water comes from the man-made Lake Lanier, which is fed by a sewer line that runs under a bridge over Boca Raton Creek. Your water bill will be higher, but not by a whole lot. You will, however, have to pay a little more for electricity and gas since it will use those two power sources for its function. Overall, this is a great water source for you to have in your home. You can get more information on the water system by clicking the link below.

Huntington Beach Water Supply

One of the most important things to look out for in a home in Huntington Beach, California, is the water supply. When it comes to water supply, there are many options, from a local septic company to a well-powered filter system. The type of plan you choose will depend on many different factors. Things like how far away you are from the nearest water supply and what kind of house you live in. There is no one-size-fits-all for the water supply, so you will need to speak with an expert if you have any concerns. Your local water company should be able to help you find a water source as long as it is accessible to them.

Many homes have a water supply hook-up to the community’s water tower powered by electricity, but many homes are solar-powered. If your home is powered by electricity or has a solar water system, you will have many different options to choose from in terms of how you get water. If you do not have these options, then you may have to look into how you can acquire water or have a water purifier placed in your home to purify it before you use it.

The water in Huntington Beach is very pure and safe to swim in. The water management department is also highly regulated to ensure that it is safe to use for recreational purposes. You may find that you cannot get water from the tap. If this is the case, you will have to find a company to supply you with clean filtered water.

Huntington Beach Water Resources

Huntington Beach is located on the beautiful California coast in the northern portion of Orange County and boasts a complete list of excellent public water resources for use by its citizens. Many areas along the coast receive treated city water, while those in the southern portion of the county are treated at the local treatment facility. Even though several areas receive treated water from Huntington Beach, the treatment plant itself provides some of the best-treated water in Southern California.

While Huntington Beach is proud of its water resources and treatments for those residents who wish to enjoy them, there are quite a few drawbacks to the water that is treated there. As noted above, this treatment plant uses a lot of salt to treat the water. However, the salt used in this particular plant can harm the lake’s marine life and can even pollute the air in the atmosphere above the water. Also, because so many salt deposits gather along the shoreline of the lake, this method of treating the water can create a significant amount of backwash along the coastline, which, in turn, harms the ecosystem further.

Unfortunately, the negative environmental impacts caused by the treatment plant itself don’t end there. In addition to the pollution in the atmosphere caused by the backwash and the salt used in the water, the wind that blows off the beaches also carries some of these pollutants offshore and into the ocean. These winds will bring some of this polluted air offshore and then be transported around the world as fine dust. As you can see, when it comes to Huntington Beach water supplies and beaches, the consequences can be pretty unpleasant.

Huntington Beach Wastewater

Located on the western end of the beautiful Orange County city of Huntington Beach, the wastewater treatment plant is responsible for treating large amounts of water that has fallen from the ocean. The water is usually pumped to this plant, placed in large containers or tanks, and kept under pressure to keep it moving. The water is treated to be used for drinking, fish farming, and industrial uses such as cleaning textile fibers. Unfortunately, since it’s such a large amount of water, there is also quite a bit of wastewater from washing machines, sprinkler systems, toilets, and even sewage treatment plants.

Over the past few decades, this water has proven to be one of the biggest offenders in the environmental health problems we have. Because of this, many local government bodies have worked hard to develop treatment methods for this highly toxic water. The result has been the development of many different wastewater treatment plants. These plants have been scattered around the county, with the largest being located in Newport Beach. One of the most significant issues with these plants is how the treated water is discharged into the ocean.

Many of the wastewater sent to the shorelines by local municipalities aren’t treated and ends up just backing up into the ocean. When the wastewater from these plants goes back out into the ocean, marine life has serious consequences. Fish don’t have the same protection from this wastewater as land animals do, which means that there are severe threats to the marine life that depend on these ocean currents for their food.

FAQs

Is Huntington Beach ocean water safe? ›

Water/Water Quality Service Non-Emergency

All water in Huntington Beach meets or exceeds State and Federal standards.

Is tap water safe to drink near Orange County CA? ›

While Southern California, and specifically Orange County, has struggled with saltwater infiltration in the past, the water quality throughout Orange County is safe to drink. In fact, some of the water drunk by Orange County residents is recycled water, filtrated by the Groundwater Replenishment System.

Where does Huntington Beach water come from? ›

Huntington Beach meets the majority of its water demand from groundwater wells located throughout the City. The City pays a replenishment assessment to the Orange County Water District for each acre-foot of water taken from the groundwater basin.

How do you know tap water is safe to drink? ›

If your local health department is not able to help, contact a state certified laboratory to perform the test. To find a state certified laboratory in your area, call the Safe Drinking Water Hotline at (800) 426-4791 or visit the State Certified Drinking Water Laboratories list.

Is Huntington Beach closed due to bacteria? ›

— UPDATE: Health officials said Thursday afternoon that the swimming advisories for Hilton Park Beach and Huntington Park Beach were lifted after recent water samples indicated the bacteria levels meet state water quality standards.

How is the water at Huntington Beach? ›

The water temperature (66 °F) at Huntington Beach is relatively warm.

Can you drink tap water in Huntington Beach? ›

The City of Huntington Beach water meets or exceeds 100% of all state and federal drinking water standards.

Where is the cleanest drinking water in California? ›

“A national research and lobbying group has ranked Sacramento's tap water as the best in California and 18th-best in the nation. The Environmental Working Group ranked the water of big cities with populations of more than 250,000.

Is tap water in CA safe to drink? ›

Since 2012, access to safe, clean, and affordable drinking water has been recognized as a human right in the state of California. Community water systems are required by federal regulations to undergo regular testing for contaminants that are harmful to human health.

Why is the water green at Huntington Beach? ›

Lifeguards said high surf last week agitated the water, creating an algae-based sea foam. "It's like a decaying plant, it's plant life. It's a normal natural occurrence," said Panis. "I've seen it in cycles over the last 38 years, probably 10 or 15 times."

Why is Huntington Beach water so cold? ›

Experts say two key factors chill the sea even when the sun is shining: The cold California Current, which flows south along the coast from the Gulf of Alaska, and a concept called “upwelling.”

Why is Huntington Beach famous? ›

It is bordered by the Pacific Ocean on the west, and has been long known for its long 8.5 miles of beautiful beach, mild climate, and excellent surfing, earning it the nickname of Surf City. Surf, sand, sun and subtle sophistication encapsulate what the City of Huntington Beach is all about.

How long should you run tap water before drinking it? ›

Let the water run before using it for drinking or cooking. If you have a lead service line, let the water run for 3-5 minutes. If you do not have a lead service line, let the water run for 30-60 seconds. The more time water has been sitting in your pipes, the more lead it may contain.

Is it safer to drink tap water or bottled water? ›

Overall, both tap and bottled water are considered good ways to hydrate. However, tap water is generally a better option, as it's just as safe as bottled water but costs considerably less and has a much lower environmental impact. Plus, with a reusable water bottle, tap water can be just as convenient as bottled.

How long does tap water stay safe to drink? ›

Does tap water go bad? Tap water can be stored and consumed for up to 6 months with minimal risk of adverse side effects as long as it has been stored properly ( 1 , 2, 3). However, tap water that has been carbonated can become flat as the gas slowly escapes from the liquid, resulting in changes in flavor.

Is Huntington Beach still contaminated? ›

As of December 2021, both the city and state beaches in HB are open and have ocean water bacteria levels that meet state standards, according to the OC beach information site.

Does it smell at Huntington Beach? ›

The South Coast AQMD has received numerous odor complaints from the Seal Beach, Huntington Beach, and Long Beach areas in the past two years related to a gas/sulfur/chemical type smell.

What are the cleanest beaches in California? ›

California's dirtiest and cleanest beaches of 2022
  • Playa Blanca (Baja California, Mexico)
  • Erckenbrack Park (San Mateo County)
  • Marlin Park (San Mateo County)
  • Santa Monica Pier (Los Angeles County)
  • Marina del Rey Mother's Beach, at lifeguard tower (Los Angeles County)
  • Moonstone County Park (Humboldt County)
22 Jun 2022

Is Huntington Beach swimmable? ›

Swimming is allowed at Huntington State Beach with lifeguard services available. Ocean currents can be extremely dangerous at this beach creating large rip currents. Aquatic rescues are more than common and the probability of drowning for a non-swimmer in unguarded water is likely.

How clear is the water at Huntington Beach? ›

Beach Condition
Current WeatherClear
Surf Period13 seconds
Surf DirectionSouthwest
Surf QualityPoor To Fair
Water Temperature58 - 59 ° F
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Can you drink beer on the beach in Huntington Beach? ›

Alcohol has long been banned at city and county-run beaches, while guidelines have varied at the state parks, authorities said. After the new rules are implemented at Huntington, Bolsa Chica and Crystal Cove, the only Orange County beach where alcohol will be permitted is San Clemente State Park.

What US city has the best tap water? ›

City Rankings
OVERALL RANKCityOverall Score
1Cary, NC88.339
2Winston-Salem, NC85.504
3Yonkers, NY84.902
4Bellevue, WA84.757
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Which county has the best tap water? ›

Scandinavia and Finland

If you put them all together, it's clear that this region of the world is where one can find perhaps the cleanest and safest water flowing from taps. Just for good measure, Finland further filters its naturally clean water multiple times before it reaches the tap.

Where shouldnt you drink tap water? ›

If you're traveling anywhere in Africa, South America, or Central America, it's safe to assume you shouldn't drink the tap water. In North America, Canada, Greenland, and the United States are the only countries that have generally safe tap water.

What is the safest water to drink? ›

What Is The Healthiest Water To Drink? When sourced and stored safely, spring water is typically the healthiest option. When spring water is tested, and minimally processed, it offers the rich mineral profile that our bodies desperately crave.

Is Huntington Beach safe after oil spill? ›

As of October 11, 2021 at 6:00 a.m. both City and State beaches have reopened. Additionally, recreational fishing may resume. The joint decision to reopen comes after coastal ocean and wetlands water quality testing results showed non-detectable amounts of oil associated toxins in our ocean water.

Why is beach water gray? ›

That's when the warmer surface temperatures of the ocean move further out to sea and are replaced with deeper, colder and more sediment-rich waters. The Pacific Ocean is huge and turns a lot of water brownish-gray as a result of upwelling.

What is the coldest month in Huntington Beach? ›

The coldest month of the year in Huntington Beach is December, with an average low of 48°F and high of 67°F.

Where is the warmest water in California? ›

Warmest Ocean Water

For the warmest ocean swim off the west coast of the United States, your best chances are Newport Beach in early August or at Avalon on Santa Catalina Island in mid to late August. At both places, the Pacific Ocean temperature peaks at 70 degrees F (21 °C).

What is the best month to go to Huntington Beach? ›

The best time to visit Huntington Beach is between September and November. Throughout these autumn months, you'll enjoy summer's warm weather without the peak season's thick crowds and high accommodation prices.

What is the racial makeup of Huntington Beach? ›

Table
Population
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander alone, percent(a) 0.4%
Two or More Races, percent 7.7%
Hispanic or Latino, percent(b) 19.1%
White alone, not Hispanic or Latino, percent 61.3%
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Do celebrities go to Huntington Beach? ›

Orange County celebrities predominantly reside and visit the beach cities so your best chances of a celebrity sighting will be in Laguna Beach and Newport Beach which includes the neighborhoods of Newport Coast, Corona Del Mar and Balboa Island. Huntington Beach, Dana Point and Costa Mesa are also great options.

Is Huntington Beach nice to live? ›

Huntington Beach is in Orange County and is one of the best places to live in California. Living in Huntington Beach offers residents an urban suburban mix feel and most residents own their homes. In Huntington Beach there are a lot of restaurants, coffee shops, and parks.

Can you drink water that has been sitting for 3 days? ›

You should avoid drinking water left open for a very long time. The water left overnight or for a long period of time in an open glass or container is home to numerous bacterias and is not safe for drinking. You never know how much dust, debris, and other small microscopic particles might have passed into that glass.

Does a Brita filter remove lead? ›

Get cleaner, better-tasting water right from your tap.

This table lists all the contaminants our filters are certified to reduce including chlorine, lead and copper for great-tasting water.

Is rain water safe to drink? ›

While useful for many things, rainwater is not as pure as you might think, so you cannot assume it is safe to drink. Rain can wash different types of contaminants into the water you collect (for example, bird poop on your roof could end up in your water barrel or tank).

Is drinking boiled water better than from the tap? ›

To purify water through boiling — you'll need to wait several minutes for the water to boil, then allow it to cool unless you're willing to drink it hot. Furthermore, boiling water does not kill all bacteria or remove chemicals present in tap water, the only way to safely do so is by using a water filter.

Should you filter tap water? ›

As it turns out, scientists say that most tap water in the U.S. is just as good as the water in bottles or streaming out of a filter.

What is the healthiest bottled water to drink 2022? ›

Best Bottled Water Brand You Can Get In 2022
  • SMARTWATER. Smartwater's vapor-distilled water is famous for their range of hydrating electrolyte water drinks. ...
  • AQUAFINA. ...
  • EVIAN. ...
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  • FIJI. ...
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  • MOUNTAIN VALLEY SPRING WATER.
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How long is water in plastic bottles good for? ›

Storing Water in Plastic Containers

When you're using plastic containers, never store water in them for longer than 3 to 6 months, and keep a close eye for when it starts to become discoloured, cloudy or for any signs of contamination that will make it harmful for consumption.

Does water in glass bottles expire? ›

In short, no, bottled water doesn't “go bad.” In fact, the FDA doesn't even require expiration dates on water bottles. Although water itself doesn't expire, the bottle it comes in can expire, in a sense.

How long is tap water good for in a glass bottle? ›

How is water kept safe once a container is opened? To minimize exposure to bacteria, open a container just before use and then refrigerate it if power is available. If no refrigeration is available, keep the container up high, away from children and pets. Use water from opened containers within 1 to 2 days if possible.

Is Huntington Beach good for swimming? ›

Huntington Beach is good for swimming, and there's a lifeguard on duty during daylight hours. However, dangerous rip currents can form, and the state parks website says aquatic rescues are "more than common." The beach is also good for surfing and bodyboarding. To keep swimmers safe in the summer, surfing is banned.

Is the water clean at Huntington Beach? ›

quality testing performed in calendar year 2021.

The City of Huntington Beach Public Works Utilities Division vigilantly safeguards your water supply and, as in years past, the water delivered to your home or business meets all drinking water quality standards required by federal and state regulatory agencies.

Is it safe to swim in the ocean in California? ›

Is it safe to swim in the ocean? Yes. The vast majority of ocean waters along the coast of Los Angeles County meet State ocean water quality standards.

Why is Huntington Beach water brown? ›

"All it really is, is this algae," explained Huntington Beach Marine Safety Lt. Claude Panis. "We've had an algae bloom. Algae dies off, it drifts into the surf."

Why is Huntington Beach so popular? ›

It is bordered by the Pacific Ocean on the west, and has been long known for its long 8.5 miles of beautiful beach, mild climate, and excellent surfing, earning it the nickname of Surf City. Surf, sand, sun and subtle sophistication encapsulate what the City of Huntington Beach is all about.

Why is there tar on Huntington Beach? ›

Tar balls, the little, dark-colored pieces of oil that can sometimes stick to your feet when you go to the beach, are often remnants of oil spills but can also be produced from natural seeps, places where oil slowly escapes from the earth surface above some petroleum reservoirs.

Does Huntington Beach use recycled water? ›

Water Factory 21, the predecessor to GWRS, took treated wastewater from the Orange County Sanitation District (OCSD) and recycled it, blended it with imported water, and injected it into 23 wells in Fountain Valley, and Huntington Beach to combat seawater intrusion.

Why can't you go in the ocean after it rains? ›

1) Why is it risky to go in the water after it rains? Storm water runoff can pick up bacteria, fertilizers, oil, sewage, and other contaminants on its journey into our oceans and waterways. All that gunk hits the beach in a concentrated mass, before slowly dispersing out into the rest of the ocean.

Which beaches have bacteria in California? ›

The eight affected beaches:
  • Malibu Point at Surfrider Beach near Malibu Tower 3.
  • Santa Monica Pier in Santa Monica.
  • Mother's Beach in Marina Del Rey.
  • 40th Street extension in Manhattan Beach.
  • Manhattan Beach Pier in Manhattan Beach.
  • Hermosa Beach Pier in Hermosa Beach.
  • Redondo Beach Pier in Redondo Beach.
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When should you not swim in the ocean? ›

To reduce your risk, don't swim too far from shore, stay in groups, avoid being in the water during darkness or twilight, don't go in the water if you are bleeding from a wound, leave shiny jewelry at home, and avoid brightly colored swimwear.

Is Huntington Beach Safe? ›

All things considered, Huntington Beach is a comfortable and safe location to live. With a myriad of exciting activities year-round, low crime rates, and a beautiful location nestled up against the Pacific Ocean, it's hard to turn down a visit or a long-term stay.

Are there oil rigs in Huntington Beach? ›

With more than 15 oil wells slowly pumping oil, and several oil derricks doing the same less than 2 miles from the coast, you may think you're in some distant country, but chances are you are in Huntington Beach, Seal Beach (where the Captain T. Lee and a fleet of boats takes workers to and from the derricks each day), ...

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