Public Water System: City Of Palo Alto

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PWS Service Information
PWS ID: CA4310009
Type: Community water system
EPA Region: 09
Primary Service Area: Residential Area
Primary Source: Surface water purchased
Population Served: 66,932
Contact Information
MARSHALL, TOMM
MARSHALL, TOMM
P.O. Box 10250
PALO ALTO, CA 94303

This public water system services 1 zip code in 1 municipality in 1 county.

Summary Results


A summary view of the the times a water contaminant was tested and found to exceed the level set by the EPA (the MCL).

Maximum Contaminant Levels Exceeded (by year):

2013   (0) 2014   (1) 2015   (0)
chlorate

Contaminant Detailed Results


This a view of violations of maximum contaminant levels. In the expanded view you can see each know test date for a given contaminant, the result of the test, the minimum level that can be recognized in a test (MRL), and upper limit that is considered healthy (HRL).

chlorate
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Year Test Date MRL HRL Test Result
2015 2015-01-15 20 210 140
2015 2015-01-15 20 210 140
2014 2014-10-22 20 210 170
2014 2014-10-22 20 210 260
2014 2014-07-15 20 210 120
2014 2014-07-15 20 210 82
2014 2014-04-09 20 210 58
2014 2014-04-09 20 210 53

Other Water Contaminants Tested


The following contaminants were tested and within national EPA guidelines.

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Contaminant MRL HRL Avg Result
HCFC-22 0.08 0 < 0.08 [+] Expand Test Data
Year Test Date MRL HRL Test Result
2015 2015-01-15 0.08 0 < 0.08
2014 2014-10-22 0.08 0 < 0.08
2014 2014-07-15 0.08 0 < 0.08
2014 2014-04-09 0.08 0 < 0.08
chromium-6 0.03 0 0.0825 [+] Expand Test Data
Year Test Date MRL HRL Test Result
2015 2015-01-15 0.03 0 0.15
2015 2015-01-15 0.03 0 0.1
2014 2014-10-22 0.03 0 0.04
2014 2014-10-22 0.03 0 0.05
2014 2014-07-15 0.03 0 0.21
2014 2014-07-15 0.03 0 0.03
2014 2014-04-09 0.03 0 0.04
2014 2014-04-09 0.03 0 0.04
PFBS 0.09 0 < 0.09 [+] Expand Test Data
Year Test Date MRL HRL Test Result
2015 2015-01-15 0.09 0 < 0.09
2014 2014-10-22 0.09 0 < 0.09
2014 2014-07-15 0.09 0 < 0.09
2014 2014-04-09 0.09 0 < 0.09
molybdenum 1 40 < 1 [+] Expand Test Data
Year Test Date MRL HRL Test Result
2015 2015-01-15 1 40 < 1
2015 2015-01-15 1 40 < 1
2014 2014-10-22 1 40 < 1
2014 2014-10-22 1 40 < 1
2014 2014-07-15 1 40 < 1
2014 2014-07-15 1 40 < 1
2014 2014-04-09 1 40 < 1
2014 2014-04-09 1 40 < 1
PFHxS 0.03 0 < 0.03 [+] Expand Test Data
Year Test Date MRL HRL Test Result
2015 2015-01-15 0.03 0 < 0.03
2014 2014-10-22 0.03 0 < 0.03
2014 2014-07-15 0.03 0 < 0.03
2014 2014-04-09 0.03 0 < 0.03
1,4-dioxane 0.07 0.35 < 0.07 [+] Expand Test Data
Year Test Date MRL HRL Test Result
2015 2015-01-15 0.07 0.35 < 0.07
2014 2014-10-22 0.07 0.35 < 0.07
2014 2014-07-15 0.07 0.35 < 0.07
2014 2014-04-09 0.07 0.35 < 0.07
PFOS 0.04 0.07 < 0.04 [+] Expand Test Data
Year Test Date MRL HRL Test Result
2015 2015-01-15 0.04 0.07 < 0.04
2014 2014-10-22 0.04 0.07 < 0.04
2014 2014-07-15 0.04 0.07 < 0.04
2014 2014-04-09 0.04 0.07 < 0.04
chromium 0.2 100 0.0625 [+] Expand Test Data
Year Test Date MRL HRL Test Result
2015 2015-01-15 0.2 100 0.2
2015 2015-01-15 0.2 100 < 0.2
2014 2014-10-22 0.2 100 < 0.2
2014 2014-10-22 0.2 100 < 0.2
2014 2014-07-15 0.2 100 0.3
2014 2014-07-15 0.2 100 < 0.2
2014 2014-04-09 0.2 100 < 0.2
2014 2014-04-09 0.2 100 < 0.2
cobalt 1 70 < 1 [+] Expand Test Data
Year Test Date MRL HRL Test Result
2015 2015-01-15 1 70 < 1
2015 2015-01-15 1 70 < 1
2014 2014-10-22 1 70 < 1
2014 2014-10-22 1 70 < 1
2014 2014-07-15 1 70 < 1
2014 2014-07-15 1 70 < 1
2014 2014-04-09 1 70 < 1
2014 2014-04-09 1 70 < 1
Halon 1011 0.06 90 < 0.06 [+] Expand Test Data
Year Test Date MRL HRL Test Result
2015 2015-01-15 0.06 90 < 0.06
2014 2014-10-22 0.06 90 < 0.06
2014 2014-07-15 0.06 90 < 0.06
2014 2014-04-09 0.06 90 < 0.06
strontium 0.3 1500 71.5 [+] Expand Test Data
Year Test Date MRL HRL Test Result
2015 2015-01-15 0.3 1500 180
2015 2015-01-15 0.3 1500 240
2014 2014-10-22 0.3 1500 34
2014 2014-10-22 0.3 1500 38
2014 2014-07-15 0.3 1500 32
2014 2014-07-15 0.3 1500 14
2014 2014-04-09 0.3 1500 19
2014 2014-04-09 0.3 1500 15
PFNA 0.02 0 < 0.02 [+] Expand Test Data
Year Test Date MRL HRL Test Result
2015 2015-01-15 0.02 0 < 0.02
2014 2014-10-22 0.02 0 < 0.02
2014 2014-07-15 0.02 0 < 0.02
2014 2014-04-09 0.02 0 < 0.02
PFHpA 0.01 0 < 0.01 [+] Expand Test Data
Year Test Date MRL HRL Test Result
2015 2015-01-15 0.01 0 < 0.01
2014 2014-10-22 0.01 0 < 0.01
2014 2014-07-15 0.01 0 < 0.01
2014 2014-04-09 0.01 0 < 0.01
1,3-butadiene 0.1 0.0103 < 0.1 [+] Expand Test Data
Year Test Date MRL HRL Test Result
2015 2015-01-15 0.1 0.0103 < 0.1
2014 2014-10-22 0.1 0.0103 < 0.1
2014 2014-07-15 0.1 0.0103 < 0.1
2014 2014-04-09 0.1 0.0103 < 0.1
PFOA 0.02 0.07 < 0.02 [+] Expand Test Data
Year Test Date MRL HRL Test Result
2015 2015-01-15 0.02 0.07 < 0.02
2014 2014-10-22 0.02 0.07 < 0.02
2014 2014-07-15 0.02 0.07 < 0.02
2014 2014-04-09 0.02 0.07 < 0.02
1,2,3-trichloropropane 0.03 0.0004 < 0.03 [+] Expand Test Data
Year Test Date MRL HRL Test Result
2015 2015-01-15 0.03 0.0004 < 0.03
2014 2014-10-22 0.03 0.0004 < 0.03
2014 2014-07-15 0.03 0.0004 < 0.03
2014 2014-04-09 0.03 0.0004 < 0.03
vanadium 0.2 21 0.2375 [+] Expand Test Data
Year Test Date MRL HRL Test Result
2015 2015-01-15 0.2 21 0.3
2015 2015-01-15 0.2 21 0.5
2014 2014-10-22 0.2 21 0.3
2014 2014-10-22 0.2 21 0.2
2014 2014-07-15 0.2 21 0.6
2014 2014-07-15 0.2 21 < 0.2
2014 2014-04-09 0.2 21 < 0.2
2014 2014-04-09 0.2 21 < 0.2
bromomethane 0.2 140 < 0.2 [+] Expand Test Data
Year Test Date MRL HRL Test Result
2015 2015-01-15 0.2 140 < 0.2
2014 2014-10-22 0.2 140 < 0.2
2014 2014-07-15 0.2 140 < 0.2
2014 2014-04-09 0.2 140 < 0.2
chloromethane 0.2 2.69 < 0.2 [+] Expand Test Data
Year Test Date MRL HRL Test Result
2015 2015-01-15 0.2 2.69 < 0.2
2014 2014-10-22 0.2 2.69 < 0.2
2014 2014-07-15 0.2 2.69 < 0.2
2014 2014-04-09 0.2 2.69 < 0.2
1,1-dichloroethane 0.03 6.14 < 0.03 [+] Expand Test Data
Year Test Date MRL HRL Test Result
2015 2015-01-15 0.03 6.14 < 0.03
2014 2014-10-22 0.03 6.14 < 0.03
2014 2014-07-15 0.03 6.14 < 0.03
2014 2014-04-09 0.03 6.14 < 0.03

Lead and Copper Data


Lead and copper are recorded separately from other contaminants because of the Lead and Copper Rule. As with all other results, these are the findings at the water supply. Lead and copper can be — and often are — added to drinking water in between the water facility and a tap.

Sample ID Contaminant Sampling Start Date Sampling End Date Result
CA57548 lead 2015-01-01 2017-12-31 0mg/L
CA41890 lead 2014-01-01 2016-12-31 0.0011mg/L
431000911139L lead 2011-01-01 2011-12-31 0.00103mg/L
431000909236LA2 lead 2009-01-01 2009-12-31 0.003mg/L
431000908038L lead 2008-01-01 2008-12-31 0.003mg/L
431000908038LA4 lead 2008-01-01 2008-12-31 0.003mg/L

Violations


Known violations of the Safe Drinking Water Act as recorded by the EPA.

Compliance Dates Rule Violation Type Contaminant Name Status
2015-03-01 - 2015-03-31 Surface Water Treatment Rule Treatment Technique (SWTR and GWR) Surface Water Treatment Rule Returned to Compliance
2012-05-01 - 2012-05-31 Total Coliform Rule Maximum Contaminant Level Violation, Monthly (TCR) Coliform (TCR) Returned to Compliance
2010-07-01 - 2010-07-31 Total Coliform Rule Maximum Contaminant Level Violation, Monthly (TCR) Coliform (TCR) Known
1995-03-01 - 1995-03-31 Surface Water Treatment Rule Treatment Technique (SWTR and GWR) Surface Water Treatment Rule Known
1992-01-01 - 1992-06-30 Lead and Copper Rule Water Quality Parameter M/R Lead and Copper Rule Returned to Compliance
1992-03-01 - 1992-03-31 Surface Water Treatment Rule Treatment Technique (SWTR and GWR) Surface Water Treatment Rule Returned to Compliance

What My Water Data Means


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