California Drinking Water Map Shows Facilities at Risk of Failing

Water systems located in nearly every single California county are at risk of failing, according to a map created by Newsweek using data from the California State Water Resources Control Board.

According to Newsweek, the board released its annual report in June as municipalities around the nation have considered improving their water-treatment systems to counteract cyberattacks or to meet new requirements from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) about the levels of per- and poly-fluoroalkyl substances, known as PFAS, in the water supply.

PFAS levels are not currently included in the state water board’s criteria to assess water systems, but a spokesperson for the board previously told Newsweek that such criteria will likely be added in the next few years.

Current criteria for evaluation include E. coli violations and water systems unable to consistently provide adequate water because of drought, among others.

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