In accordance with Federal Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) regulations, the Water Department publishes an annual Water Quality Report. This report is available on our website. Paper copies can be made available upon request by calling 562-570-2300. The Water Quality Report describes, with clarity and great detail, the quality of the City's drinking water.
Long Beach has one of the most modern water treatment facilities in the world. Coupled with four of the most advanced water quality laboratories, this combination helps explain why the City's high quality drinking water consistently meets or betters all Federal and State drinking water regulations.
Test results on the City's water consistently show that regulated constituents of drinking water are either not detected or are present in amounts far below limits permitted by Federal and State drinking water standards.
In light of the recent Flint, Michigan water quality crisis, Long Beach Water assures its customers that the drinking water in Long Beach is safe and of the highest quality. The utility practices that resulted in the occurrence of lead in Flint’s water supply do NOT exist in Long Beach.
Lead service lines are not used in Long Beach Water’s distribution pipeline system. The service lines are mostly made of copper and plastic, which help minimize the potential risk of lead exposure. In addition, Long Beach Water has been using the same source water and continues its corrosion control practices to ensure our water is not corrosive.
We take seriously our responsibility to protect our water customers from lead exposure. We continually conduct strict monitoring in accordance with regulatory requirements, and we always strive to provide our community with safe and high quality drinking water.
This past year, Long Beach Water received the Presidents Award for Distribution System Operation from the Partnership for Safe Water, a drinking water program sponsored by the American Water Works Association, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and other water organizations. This award recognized Long Beach as a water supplier that continuously provides drinking water quality that surpasses regulatory requirements through distribution system optimization.
Elevated levels of lead in drinking water can cause serious health problems, especially for pregnant women and young children. Long Beach Water is responsible for providing high-quality drinking water to your home up to your water meter. Homeowners should also be aware of the variety of materials used in home plumbing fixtures, some of which may contribute to lead in the water once inside the home. Additional information on lead in drinking water, testing methods, and steps you can take to minimize exposure is available from the Safe Drinking Water Hotline at (800) 426-4791 or online at www.epa.gov/safewater/lead.
To read your annual Water Quality Report that further details the quality of Long Beach’s drinking water, visit www.lbwater.org/annual-water-quality-report. This summer, Long Beach Water will be conducting compliance monitoring for lead and copper. If you are concerned about lead in your water and would like to have your water tested, please call 562-570-2482 to participate in this testing.