Public Health Goals Report

Under the Calderon-Sher Safe Drinking Water Act of 1996 requires public water systems in California serving greater than 10,000 connections to prepare a report containing information on 1) detection of any contaminant in drinking water at a level exceeding a Public Health Goal (PHG), 2) estimate of costs to remove detected contaminants to below the Public Health Goal using best available technology, and 3) health risks for each contaminant exceeding a Public Health Goal. This report must be made available to the public every three years.

The report has been designed to be as informative as possible, without unnecessary duplication of information contained in the Consumer Confidence Reports, which are made available to customers by July 1st of each year.

There is no regulatory guidance explaining requirements for the preparation of Public Health Goal reports. However, a workgroup of the Association of California Water Agencies Water Quality Committee has prepared suggested guidelines for water utilities to use in preparing Public Health Goal reports. These guidelines were used in the preparation of this report, and include tables of cost estimates for best available technology. The State of California provides the Association of California Water Agencies with numerical health risks and category of health risk information for contaminants with Public Health Goals. This health risk information is appended to the Association of California Water Agencies guidelines.