About the Department
The Water Quality department oversees the delivery of a safe, clean and dependable supply of water to all District customers 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. The department is made up of a staff of nine Water Quality professionals, all of whom are certified as California State Water Resources Control Board Water Treatment Plant Operators. Some, but not all, of the services of the Water Quality department are:
Operation and maintenance of the Lyon Surface Water Treatment Plant, which can produce up to 1.7 million gallons of water per day
Operation and maintenance of the Kirby Surface Water Treatment Plant, which can produce up to 0.4 million gallons of water per day
Operation and maintenance of surface water diversion and raw water pumping stations
Maintaining the Districts Telemetry systems
Operation and maintenance of the District’s seven water production wells
Ensure outstanding customer service by investigating and addressing any customer water quality complaints
Maintaining water storage levels of the District’s fifty tanks
Maintaining the operation of the Districts thirty five pumping and PRV stations
Monitoring the water quality of raw water sources, finished water and distributed water, which includes the collection of 20+ water quality samples each week
Analysis of water quality samples at the District’s ELAP-accredited laboratory
Production of the annual Consumer Confidence Report
The Water Quality department is responsible for ensuring public health by providing water that meets or exceeds all state and federal primary drinking water standards (or, Maximum Contaminant Levels) in water provided to all District customers. It is part of the District’s mission to provide customers with safe and high-quality water at an equitable price.
The Water Quality department must operate its water treatment facilities and sources of supply in accordance with the standards set forth in the California Code of Regulations Title 22. The Water Quality department submits monthly, quarterly and annual monitoring reports to the State Water Resources Control Board, Division of Drinking Water.
In order for a laboratory to submit routine water quality monitoring results to the State Water Resources Control Board, Division of Drinking Water, and the lab must be certified by the California EPA’s Environmental Laboratory Accreditation Program (ELAP). ELAP accreditation requires a strict adherence to following analysis methodology and quality control standards to ensure that data is of the highest quality. The staff of the Water Quality department is responsible for maintaining ELAP accreditation for the District’s Water Quality Lab.