is the Life of our City
City of Fresno is committed to providing a safe, affordable and
reliable water supply to our customers. The health and safety of our
water is of utmost importance. Much has been in the news lately
regarding outside forces threatening to reduce our water supply, and
nothing would have a greater ripple effect on our economic vitality or
quality of life than a reduction of water. The water issues we face are
regional, from farmers to rural communities, to our own urban water
users. A reliable supply is critical to our community, and as a
customer of the City of Fresno Water Division, you can rest assured
that the quality of our water continues to meet required public health
Read the rest of the 2011 Annual Water
for the City of Fresno. It also can be accessed at the city's Department of Public Utilities, Water Division.
City of Fresno Watering Schedule
Safe Drinking Water
Water Quality section is responsible for providing safe, good quality
water. Numerous treatment facilities fluoridate, disinfect and remove
synthetic organic contaminants at various well sites. Administration in
water quality includes monthly reports to the health department and
Water Quality Report
State of California and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency,
require water utilities to provide to their customers an annual
consumer confidence report (CCR) annually. This report contains
important information concerning the quality of your drinking water.
following reports are provided in PDF format. A PDF reader is required
for viewing. If you need to obtain a PDF reader one is available for
free by visiting Adobe.
Water Quality report for 2005
Water Quality report for 2006
Water Quality report for 2007
Water Quality report for 2008
Water Quality report for 2011
Fresno, California, is the only community in the United States to have received a
grade of F from the Natural Resources Defense Council
for protection of our source water,
we received grades of D for Water Quality and Compliance, and for
Right-to-Know Reports. Our watersheds have been rated as among the
dirtiest/worst in the nation on the
Environmental Scorecard .
Sources of Toxic Releases and Hazardous Waste in Fresno
The green squares show sources of hazardous waste; the tourquoise squares show locations of toxic releases. Source: EPA, October 2005
Environmental Working Group analysis of tap water tests from 1998 through 2003 shows that customers of City of Fresno drank water containing up to
31 pollutants, including 5 unregulated contaminants
City of Fresno is one of 65,000 water suppliers across the country
wrestling with treating water polluted by sprawl, sewage, factory
farms, and industry. The complete report is here.
INFORMATION ABOUT FRESNO'S WATER QUALITY
FRESNO'S SOURCE WATER
PROTECTION IN 2003: FAILING The
city supply is Fresno Sole Source, a large, unconfined groundwater
aquifer. In this city, groundwater contamination is a serious problem,
as it is highly susceptible to contamination from agriculture, urban,
and suburban runoff, and percolation (gradual recharge of groundwater
by contaminated surface water) when dissolved contaminants from these
sources seeps into the groundwater.Source: What's on Tap? Grading Drinking Water in U.S. Cities, June, 2003, Natural Resources Defense Council
cities like Chicago have excellent tap water; most cities have good or
mediocre tap water; yet several cities--such as Albuquerque, Fresno,
and San Francisco--have water that is sufficiently contaminated so as
to pose potential health risks to some consumers, particularly to
pregnant women, infancts, children, the elderly, and people with
compromised immune systems... (P.1.)
have a right to know whether their drinking water is safe, as mandated
in the 1996 amendments to the Safe Drinking Water Act. This law
required water suppliers to notify the public of dangers in tap water
and inform people about the overall health of their watershed. Instead,
in many cases, right-to-know reports have become propoganda for water
suppliers, and the enormous promise of right-to-know reports has not
research revealed that the quality of cities' annual right-to-know
reports varied widely: more than half the cities surveyed had reports
that were, at the very least, partially successful tools for consumer
education; however, some, like Fresno...were less than direct, burying,
obscuring, and even omitting findings about health effects of
contaminants in city water supplies, printing misleading statements,
and violating a number of right-to-know requirements. (P. 28.).
Fresno buried health warnings for pregnant women regarding nitrates at elevated levels in city water.
Fresno buried mention of city wells exceeding drinking water standards for nitrates, 1,2-DCE, cis-1,2-DCE, DBCP, EDB, and TCE.
Fresno incorrectly asserted that Fresno did not violate enforceable standards.
Fresno offered no names or details on specific pollution sources or on health effects of some contaminants. (P.31.)
is in violation of the proposed national standard of radon...Radon in
known to cause lung cancer. No amount of it is considered fully safe in
tap water; indeed, a single particle of radon can cause cancer. Deaths
from lung and stomach cancer are caused by breathing radon released to
the air from water and from consuming water that contains radon. In
fact, radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer deaths in the
United States after smoking. (P. 65.)
Regarding Source Water Protection:
cities like Seattle, Boston, San Francisco, and Denver have at least
some well-protected watersheds. Some cities have site-specific burdens.
For example, Fresno relies upon wells, many of which have become
seriously contaminated by agricultural and industrial pollution,
including nitrates... (P.38.)
Elevetated levels of nitrates,
which are the product of fertilizers and human or animal waste, are a
high concern in regard to Fresno's water. High levels of nitrate
contamination also can com from septic tanks and sewers. (P.52.)
Fresno earned a "Threats to Source Water" rating of 6, the worst possible rating. (What's on Tap? Grading Drinking Water in U.S. Cities, 2002, P. 4, Natural Resources Defence Council):
least 32 Fresno wells have serious contamination problems. The water in
those wells must therefore be treated with granular activated carbon at
the city's 28 treatment sites, and it must be monitored as often as
weekly to determine whether it violates standards.
Fresno's drinking water sources are highly susceptible to contamination by urban runoff and agricultural pollution.
Groundwater contamination in Fresno is a serious problem for the city.
Fresno has no real source water protection.
Fresno's groundwater is becoming seriously compromised by agricultural and industrial pollution, including nitrates.
also evaluated efforts to protect lakes, streams and groundwater
serving as drinking water sources. Seattle has adopted excellent
protection measures, four cities had good protection, four had fair
protection, seven had poor protection, and Fresno failed. --As reported
EPA's Safe Drinking Water Information System (SDWIS) site
provides information about Fresno's drinking water suppliers that are
in EPA's database, and provides violation reports relating to
health-based, monitoring, reporting, and other violations.
EPA's Ground Water and Drinking Water site lists 3524 documents relating to Fresno's water.
EPA's EnviroFacts Data Warehouse site lists 25220 files relating to Fresno.
The 2008 Annual Water Quality Report for the City of Fresno can be accessed at the city's Department of Public Utilities, Water Division.
Carter, President of California Save Our Streams Council and former
professor of water law at San Joaquin College of Law hosts a 30-minute
program on KFCF, 88.1 FM, focusing on San Joaquin Valley water,
environmental and agriculture issues.
For more information on San Joaquin Valley water issues see:
www.badlandsjournal.com , &
March 15 -22
Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom’s "Save the Water
Committee" is organizing our first Water Week to be observed March
15-22. March 22 is International Water Day and we would like to have
events taking place each day of the week to remind and educate everyone
on the importance of our water...OUR water. So far two events are
planned. On March 2oth the Cineculture Series, headed by WILPFer Mary
Husain, will show FLOW (For Love Of Water) at California State
University Fresno, with Lloyd Carter being the discussant after the
film. Several artists have committed to showing water-themed art at the
third Thursday Art Hop on March 19th. We welcome ideas for more
water-related events during that week. Please contact Jean Hays at
313-7674 with your creative thoughts!
map provides access to individual water well data. Click on one of the
red symbols on the map below to retrieve a hydrograph and tabular
listing of the data for that well. If no symbols appear on the map,
then no water level data are available for that area. Data may also be
obtained using our text interface.
ENVIRONMENTALISTS CALL FOR PLAN TO RESTORE THE SAN JOAQUIN RIVER
February 2, 2006, Environment California Research & Policy Center
was joined by the Tehipite Chapter of the Sierra Club, and Revive the
San Joaquin, in calling for the cleanup of the San Joaquin River, as
required under the original Clean Water Act more than thirty years ago
and again under recent U.S. EPA policy.
left to right, are Richard Sloan of the Tehipite Chapter of the Sierra
Club and organizer of RiverTree Volunteers Incorporated, a
not-for-profit organization dedicated to maintenance of the San Joaquin
River watershed; Jeannette Gayer, of Environment California Research
& Policy Center; and George Folsom, Chairman, Revive the San
Contact information and resources:
Richard Sloan, (559) 696-2971, RiverRich1509@aol.com
Jeannette Gayer, (703) 475-3228, email@example.com
George Folsom, (559) 486-5222, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.revivethesanjoaquin.org.
Tehipite Chapter of the Sierra Club
Revive the San Joaquin:
The documentary, "Tales of the San Joaquin," and a Power Point
presentation on the San Joaquin River Basin Storage are available at
For a copy of A
Clean Water Future for California: The Historic Opportunity for
California’s Water Boards to Clean Up Nine of the State’s Biggest
Polluted Rivers, Bays and Lakes, click on www.environmentcalifornia.org
Water Environment Federation (WEF) is pleased to announce its adoption
of the World Water Monitoring Day program, which is set to take place
on October 18, 2006. World Water Monitoring Day offers communities
around the world a chance to positively impact the health of rivers,
lakes, estuaries, and other waterbodies.
Use your own equipment or purchase an easy-to-use test kit by clicking on Order Kits. Each kit contains an informative instruction book and enough reagents to repeat up to 50 tests.
your site anytime from September 18 through October 18 to test the
water. Report your data. You did the work, so let us know about your
water. You can submit your results right on the website
- just click the link and choose "Enter Data." Results may be entered
anytime from September 18, 2006 through December 18, 2006 for inclusion
in the annual World Water Monitoring Day summary reports.
you know Fresno, California, is the only community in the United States
to have received a grade of F from the Natural Resources Defence
Council for protection of our source water, and that we received grades
of D for Water Quality and Compliance, and for Right-to-Know Reports?
See the 1000 Friends of Fresno Water Quality page for details
Pesticides Contamination Information for High Schools
was created by Hlee Rosie Vang, a student at Luther Burbank High School
in Sacramento, so that other students could learn about the Pesticide
Project. She explains that there are three main places where pesticide
contamination of water occurs: In ground water, surface water, and the
atmosphere. Each of these places is described in detail.
The Pesticide National Synthesis Project provides a national assessment of pesticides in the streams, rivers, and ground water of the United States.
Pesticide Information for Schools includes a summary of pesticides in the hydrologic system, and lists the 10 most common pesticides detected.
bottled water costs about 2000 times more than what comes out of the
faucet, what are we really paying for? John Ridley looks at Americans'
$9 billion dollars-a-year obsession with plastic encased H2O.
all depend on it for survival. But water is a scarce resource-only one
percent of all water on earth is freshwater! How can we keep this water
pure and fresh?
things happen in a watershed that affect the quality of the water we
rely upon. What are they? Would you make the best decisions in managing
your watershed? Examine the issues in each area of the watershed, then
see the impacts of your choices!
The Watershed Game was developed by Minnesota IDEALS and Educational Web Adventures.
a wonderful way to interactively teach both kids and adults how to
reduce runoff pollution to protect our water resources. Click on the
farm, city, or neighborhood on the left to see how runoff in these
areas can affect the health of our waters.
you know that soil, litter, and other wastes from city streets can
cause runoff pollution? A visit to the city in Splash! lets you answer
questions about urban pollution, listen to songs, view animation and
learn the 3 R's of cleaning the environment. Also, click on the arrow in the picture to get a closer view.
Six Exciting Games and Activities at the EPA Polluted Runoff site:
What's Wrong with This Picture
Darby Duck and the Aquatic Crusaders
Word Search Puzzle
Activities for Middle School Students
Ground Water and Drinking Water Kids' Page
Office of Water Kids' Stuff