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City of Delano water system fails to meet drinking standard

Posted at 7:33 PM, Sep 06, 2019
and last updated 2019-09-06 22:33:06-04

DELANO, Calif. — Recently a notice from the City of Delano was issued to residents notifying them that the city water system recently failed to meet the water drinking standard.

The notices stated the water system has levels of 1,2,3-Trichloropropane also known as 1,2,3-TCP.

TCP is a toxic man-made chemical compound that is found in drinking water supplies and known to cause cancer according to the California State Water Resource Control Board. The Environmental Protection Agency has also classified TCP as, “likely to be carcinogenic to humans.”

23ABC contacted Delano City Hall officials multiple times for more information but they said nobody was available to comment.

Valerie Gorospe, a resident of Delano for 20 years, said she does not feel safe drinking the water from the faucet.

“There have been notices every year about the water quality, so the city has been consistent in doing that but there isn't a follow up,” Gorospe said.

Gorospe says this is not the first notice residents have received about tainted drinking water and hopes city officials do more to make their water cleaner.

Lidia Gonzales, a Delano resident, said this has been an ongoing issue.

"We don’t know what's going on. We hear about it and then the conversation just kind of dies out and we assume it’s fixed but now we're here again. We don’t know what’s going on,” Gonzales said.

The notice from the city states that this is not an emergency and you do not need to use alternative water such as water bottles.