Bakersfield’s drinking water supply is generally safe for public use, but this doesn’t mean that it’s completely contaminant free. In fact, there are several contaminants in Bakersfield’s water supply that are a cause for concern including: e coli, uranium, arsenic, flouride, and more.
Even though the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has deemed the levels of these contaminants in the water to be okay, it doesn’t mean that the water is completely safe to drink. Even small amounts of some of these contaminants, when consumed over a long period of time, can be extremely dangerous.
What Contaminants Are in Bakersfield Water?
The drinking water in Bakersfield has been shown to have traces of the following:
- E. coli
Where Does Bakersfield’s Water Come From?
Bakersfield gets it’s water supply from freshwater lakes, rivers, and ponds that are nearby and from a groundwater source. This water is not put directly into the piping systems, but instead it first goes through treatment by the Kern County Water Agency. However, the filtration that local water agencies do is very minimal. It is only enough to get the contaminants in drinking water to “safe” levels, but not enough to actually remove these contaminants from the water supply.
Do I Still Need a Home Water Filter?
Yes! You will still need a home water filter to ensure that you have the cleanest possible water you can get. Since the city only does the bare minimum for purifying Bakersfield’s drinking water, there are long-term health risks you can develop if you only drink tap water. Using bottled water or a water filter pitcher is also not a good enough solution if you want really clean water.
Schedule a Free Water Test
If you want to know what’s in your water, schedule a free water test with us, and we can get you set up with the best water purification system for your home.