PLEASANT HILL, CA — A recent story in Patch about a water-quality report prepared by the Environmental Working Group has prompted residents to contact the East Bay Municipal Utility District and Contra Costa Water District about the test results. While a response was included in the original story, EBMUD and CCWD have submitted a Letter to the Editor to reach as many customers as possible:


"The people and businesses of the East Bay count on reliable, high quality water supplies. East Bay Municipal Utility District and Contra Costa Water District work 24 hours a day, seven days a week to treat, test and deliver high-quality water to 1.9 million customers in Alameda and Contra Costa counties.

"Recently, the Environmental Working Group (EWG) released an updated 'tap water database' which includes data reported by water agencies nationwide. The information presented suggests our drinking water is unsafe and raises concerns about links to causing cancer.

"We want our customers to know that water supplied by EBMUD and CCWD is safe to drink. The
compounds in EBMUD's and CCWD's water mentioned in EWG's paper were detected at levels well
below state and federal drinking water limits.

"Water agencies across the country follow regulations based on the federal Safe Drinking Water Act,which requires a rigorous scientific process that evaluates potential health risk of compounds in drinking water and considers treatment options and costs of potential regulations. Here in California, state regulations for drinking water are often more stringent than federal standards.