The City of Lynwood and the Water Replenishment District have partnered to improve water quality for its residents by upgrading one of the city’s wells. The project has been made possible through funding from the WRD’s Safe Drinking Water Program.
Well 11 has been offline since August 2018 due reporting issues by WRD when TCE levels exceeded safety codes by 0.005gm/L. Under the “Well Water Quality Monitoring Program,” WRD is responsible for water quality monitoring, timely notification of any exceedance of regulatory levels and continued monitoring after the exceedance. The City voluntarily closed Well 11 and notified residents of the exceedance.
“Having safe and quality drinking water is our number one priority,” said Lynwood City Manager Jose Ometeotl. “The City has since met with WRD and has put contingencies in place so that this reporting violation does not happen again.” He added that the City monitors all the city wells on a weekly basis, which consists of 24 samples.
The improvements to Well 11 involves the installation of a wellhead treatment system that will improve water quality. The project will remove any contaminants that have been identified in the source water.
Lynwood residents can do their part in keeping the City’s water clean. Do not pour any cleaning solvents down household or storm drains. TCE, which was found in minute levels last year, is primarily used as a solvent to remove grease from metal parts and is also found in many household products.
Improvements have already begun on Well 11 and will continue through April 2019.