The EPA is looking into whether or not the water quality in the Los Angeles Basin is up to par with its neighbors.
In an internal memo, the agency sent a letter to state officials, urging them to evaluate the water in the Basin.
In addition to the letter, EPA officials also sent a memo to other federal agencies warning that there was “significant potential for serious contamination” in the water supply in Los Angeles.
The letter was dated October 4, and it has been updated to include an email sent by the agency’s Office of Water on October 18, just three days after the letter was sent.
The letter states:”This water is considered critical to the human health and welfare of Los Angeles County and is required to be treated with strict precautions, including all chemical and biological controls, all chemical filtration, and proper handling and storage of treated water.
This water also is used for water treatment and disposal.”
According to the memo, water in Los Angeles is “preliminary” to safe for human consumption.
The EPA has yet to provide any further information about the water’s safety, but it’s possible the water is not meeting EPA standards for drinking water.
In response to the EPA’s memo, LA County Water Commissioner Joe Faraone said the county is “in the process of evaluating the water,” and that the water remains safe for the public.
Los Angeles County Water’s response to EPA’s water quality review has been met with mixed reviews.
In the letter to the state, the EPA says the county will continue to monitor the water and will update its water quality standards as necessary.
“Our focus is on continuing to provide quality water to the people of Los Angelus and the surrounding communities,” the letter states.