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EWG's Tap Water Database — 2019 UPDATE

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What About Lead?

California Water Service (CWS) - Salinas - click here to return to the utility page.

According to EWG’s analysis of 2017 lead testing results, this utility complied with federal water quality regulations for lead. Under the federal Lead and Copper Rule, lead concentrations must be below 15 parts per billion (ppb) in 90 percent of households sampled. If this legal limit is exceeded, the water utility must apply measures to control lead leaching from water pipes.

Number of lead samples taken in 2017: 19

Highest level detected in 2017: 0.0 ppb

Levels of lead detected


Complying with the EPA's lead rules doesn't mean that the water is safe for children to drink. The EPA’s recent modeling suggests that lead concentrations in the 3.8 to 15 ppb range can put a formula-fed baby at risk of elevated blood lead levels. In 2009, the California Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment set a public health goal level of 0.2 ppb for lead in drinking water to protect against even subtle IQ loss in children.

Lead Results, 2017

Samples in red indicate that the sample is above the EPA action level.

DateLab IDResult
2017-09-155810-806-0843ND
2017-11-299590-030-1455ND
2017-11-289590-043-1424ND
2017-11-219590-131-1252ND
2017-11-219590-104-1352ND
2017-11-209590-014-1416ND
2017-11-209590-008-1341ND
2017-10-179590-030-1331ND
2017-10-175701-023-1152ND
2017-09-199590-046-1423ND
2017-01-109590-019-1355ND
2017-09-155810-802-0847ND
2017-08-239590-029-1413ND
2017-08-159590-026-1426ND
2017-06-275701-029-1025ND
2017-06-275701-018-1113ND
2017-05-095701-026-1334ND
2017-02-085701-026-1421ND
2017-01-105701-023-1319ND
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