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Our Commitment to Quality

The Water Division of the Public Works Department provides services to ensure that the City’s water supply is of the highest quality and meets all state and federal water quality requirements.  Water treatment in the City of Manhattan Beach generally consists of supplemental chlorination and blending of the City's imported and well waters.  The City’s Water Plant Operators sample water on a weekly basis throughout the City and send these samples to an independent laboratory for analysis. Manhattan Beach maintains an excellent record for having provided safe, high-quality water to its residents for 100 years.

How Do I Contact My Water Agency If I Have Any Questions About Water Quality?

If you have specific questions about your tap water quality, please contact Public Works at (310) 802-5304.


LEAD AND COPPER
Although more than 90% of homes in Manhattan Beach that were tested in the last 10 years have lead levels below the “Action Level” (AL) of 15 parts per billion (ppb), or 0.015 milligrams of lead per liter of water (mg/l), there is concern that the drinking water of some homes or buildings constructed prior to 1989 may have lead levels above the AL. Prior to 1989, lead based solder was commonly used to join copper piping in household plumbing and many plumbing fixtures (faucets) also contained lead. Lead can pose a significant risk to your health if too much of it enters your body. Lead builds up in the body over many years and can cause damage to the brain, red blood cells and kidneys. The greatest risk is to young children (under age 6) and pregnant women and their fetuses.

STEPS YOU CAN TAKE IN THE HOME TO REDUCE YOUR EXPOSURE TO LEAD IN DRINKING WATER

You may wish to find out whether you need to take action in your own home by having your drinking water tested to determine if it contains excessive concentrations of lead. Testing the water is essential because you cannot see, taste, or smell lead in drinking water. Some local laboratories that can provide this service are listed at the end of this article.

If a water test indicates that the drinking water drawn from a tap in your home contains lead above 15 ppb, or 0.015 mg/L, then you should take the following precautions:

(A) Let the water run from the tap before using it for drinking or cooking any time the water in a faucet has gone unused for more than six hours. The longer water resides in the plumbing the more lead it may contain. Before drinking, flush the tap by running the cold water faucet until the water gets noticeable colder, usually about 15-30 seconds. Although toilet flushing or showering flushes water through a portion of the plumbing system, you still need to flush the water in each faucet before using it for drinking or cooking. Flushing tap water is a simple and inexpensive measure you can take to protect your health. It usually uses less than one or two gallons of water and costs very little. If you wish to conserve water, fill a couple of bottles for drinking water after flushing the tap, and whenever possible use the first flush water to wash the dishes or water the plants.

(B) Try not to cook with, or drink water from the hot water tap. Hot water can dissolve more lead and other metals more quickly than cold water. If you need hot water, draw water from the cold tap and heat it on the stove.

(C) Remove loose solder and debris from the plumbing fixtures installed in your home. To do this, remove the faucet strainers from all taps and run water from 3 to 5 minutes. Repeat periodically to flush out any debris that has accumulated over time.

Hydrant Flushing

Our message is Water Conservation, yet you may occasionally see a City of Manhattan Beach Water
Division employee opening a fire hydrant in your neighborhood and allowing the water to flow. Although this appears as a waste of water, this is an essential part of our scheduled preventive maintenance program that ensures the delivery of a safe and high quality drinking water to our customers. This controlled operation flushes natural sediments and pipe corrosion from the water supply system that may cause color, odor or variation in the taste of the drinking water, none of which are health concerns. System flushing is the most effective and economical solution to cleanse the distribution system and to enhance water quality. After all, we are committed in our responsibility to maintain system integrity and to deliver the highest quality of drinking water to our
customers.

Do you have questions about hard water?  Please click here Hard Facts About Hard Water.

THE CITY HAS USED THE FOLLOWING CERTIFIED TESTING LABORATORIES:

Truesdail Laboratories Inc.
Tustin, CA
(714) 730-6239

Clinical Laboratory of San Bernardino Inc.
San Bernardino, CA
(909) 825-7693

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