Water Quality in Turlock, California
Watershed: Pear Slough – San Joaquin River
What is the water quality like in Turlock, CA?
Let’s dive deeper into what’s in Turlock water.
What’s in your water?
Here are the top 5 chemical compounds in your water and what health issues they can potentially cause:
- Arsenic – Potential effect: Cancer
- Hexavalent Chromium – Potential effect: Cancer
- Nitrate – Potential effect: Cancer
- Nitrate and nitrite – Potential effect: Cancer
- Uranium – Potential effect: Cancer
These are five of the 13 contaminants analyzed by the Environmental Working Group (ewg.org).
7 of these contaminants are rated as exceeding EWG Health Guidelines.
See the What Can You Do? section below for all of the contaminants you can filter out and how to do it.
Where does Turlock’s water come from?
Turlock’s water comes from the Pear Slough – San Joaquin River watershed.
5 of the 7 EPA assessed water sources in the Pear Slough – San Joaquin River watershed are in Impaired or Unknown condition. These include:
- Harding Drain
- Highline Canal
- Lateral Drain 5 (Stanislaus County)
- Prairie Flower Drain
- San Joaquin River
Ideally, a water source would be rated in Good condition. August Drain and Marshall Road Drain are both in Good condition.
Whether a water source is in Impaired or Good condition refers to the quality of these uses:
- Drinking Water
- Aquatic Life
- Fish and Shellfish Consumption
Learn more from How’s My Waterway
See below for what you can do to improve Turlock’s water.
Conclusion – What Can You Do?
Information about water quality can be surprising.
But there’s no reason to lose hope. There are things you can do in your household as well as things you can do at a community level.
In Your Household:
- Use water filtration pitchers with activated carbon to filter out 11 of the 13 contaminants in your drinking water. (Berkey Light and Travel Berkey are the only types available in California.)
- To filter out 12 of the 13 contaminants, consider a Reverse Osmosis water filtration system for your house.
- These are more expensive than pitchers to purchase, but can be more effective.
- They have the benefit of filtering out heavy hitters like:
*Chlorination is an effective method of disinfecting/treating drinking water. You can then use a water filter to reduce the effects of chlorination byproducts to get the safest, cleanest water possible.
In Your Community:
Contact your local government officials and put pressure on them to invest in cleaner waterways and upgraded city water filtration and treatment.
Go to: https://ci.turlock.ca.us/government/index.asp to find contact information for your local officials.