Water Quality in South Orange County

Ever wonder what comes out of your faucet?

The city of San Juan Capistrano as well as many local municipalities release annual water quality reports. If you’re like me, these kind of ‘junk mail’ notifications usually end up in the recycling bin. However, being the wife of a plumber and a mother of 2 young children, I was interested to see what the report said. the technical jargon confused me at first, but once I realized what chemicals were polluting my water, further research was deemed necessary.

So, we all know, chlorine is added to our water at the treatment plant as a disinfectant to prevent water-born diseases. What many of us don’t know is that as a side effect, the chloride reacts with naturally occurring minerals to form unintended chemical by-products, called DPB’s. These chemicals have been associated with some serious health effects.

Two major DPB’s that are present in our tap-water here in South Orange County, California are Trihalomethanes (THM) and Haloacetic Acids (HAA). Both of these chemical by-products have been associated with major health risks through epidemiological studies.

In recent years, the EPA has tightened regulations of how many Parts Per Billion (ppb) of these chemical by-products can be present in our tap-water. Currently it is at 80 ppb for THM and 60 ppb for HAA. In 2014 the City of San Juan Capistrano detected THM at levels between 1.5 and 80 ppb, and  detected HAA at levels between 0-24 ppb.

What levels of potentially disease causing chemicals are acceptable for you and your family?

We offer a variety of whole-home filtration systems to suit you and your family’s needs.

Contact us for a free consultation and water testing.


(949) 257-7649

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