City of Gilroy drinking water now safe for all consumers

The city of Gilroy has deemed its water supply safe for consumption after detecting elevated levels of nitrate in a city well on Thursday.Gilroy Public Works Department employees say it followed State protocols and testing and say the water supply is within all State standards for safe consumption.On Thursday, during routine water quality testing, a city water well located at Gilman Road and Camino Arroyo tested for nitrate levels at 12 milligrams per liter which exceeded the maximum contaminant level (MCL) of 10 milligrams per liter.The State Division of Drinking Water has determined that the previous restrictions may now be rescinded. Please read the Drinking Water Notice below as it will provide the health and safety information pertinent to this situation.The City will continue monitoring levels to ensure the water system is safe.City of Gilroy Drinking Water Advisory NoticeJune 17th article:The city of Gilroy issued a drinking water advisory late Thursday night after elevated levels of nitrate were found in a city water well, officials said.Routine water quality testing found nitrate levels at 12 milligrams per liter, which exceeds the maximum contaminant level of 10 milligrams per liter, according to the city.The cause of the elevated nitrate level is unknown but officials said it can come from natural, industrial or agricultural sources.”City staff immediately reported this occurrence to the California State Water Resources Board,” city administrator Jimmy Forbis wrote in a press release.The well in question is located at Gilman Road and Camino Arroyo. It is currently offline and not providing water to residents. The city said it will continue to test the water until it meets the 10 milligrams per liter maximum contaminant level and is approved by state regulators.According to officials, nitrate in drinking water poses a serious health concern. Contaminated water should not be given to infants under six months old, pregnant women or used to make baby formula. Officials also warned that boiling, freezing, filtering or letting water stand does not reduce the level of nitrate.

The city of Gilroy has deemed its water supply safe for consumption after detecting elevated levels of nitrate in a city well on Thursday.

Gilroy Public Works Department employees say it followed State protocols and testing and say the water supply is within all State standards for safe consumption.

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On Thursday, during routine water quality testing, a city water well located at Gilman Road and Camino Arroyo tested for nitrate levels at 12 milligrams per liter which exceeded the maximum contaminant level (MCL) of 10 milligrams per liter.

The State Division of Drinking Water has determined that the previous restrictions may now be rescinded.

Please read the Drinking Water Notice below as it will provide the health and safety information pertinent to this situation.

The City will continue monitoring levels to ensure the water system is safe.

City of Gilroy Drinking Water Advisory Notice

June 17th article:

The city of Gilroy issued a drinking water advisory late Thursday night after elevated levels of nitrate were found in a city water well, officials said.

Routine water quality testing found nitrate levels at 12 milligrams per liter, which exceeds the maximum contaminant level of 10 milligrams per liter, according to the city.

The cause of the elevated nitrate level is unknown but officials said it can come from natural, industrial or agricultural sources.

“City staff immediately reported this occurrence to the California State Water Resources Board,” city administrator Jimmy Forbis wrote in a press release.

The well in question is located at Gilman Road and Camino Arroyo. It is currently offline and not providing water to residents.

The city said it will continue to test the water until it meets the 10 milligrams per liter maximum contaminant level and is approved by state regulators.

According to officials, nitrate in drinking water poses a serious health concern.

Contaminated water should not be given to infants under six months old, pregnant women or used to make baby formula. Officials also warned that boiling, freezing, filtering or letting water stand does not reduce the level of nitrate.

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