Monitoring of Indicator Bacteria in Drinking Water

Here are individual test results from the water monitoring database, plus the monthly totals reported to the state to demonstrate MCL compliance. This dataset does not include results of tests for chemical parameters.

Public Utilities currently has 160 sample sites for the City of San Diego drinking water system and is required to test 85 sites per week. Temperature, chlorine and pH are measured on site, and then a sample is brought to a lab to test for the presence of the indicator bacteria coliform and E.coli. Coliform and the strains of E.coli tested serve as indicators of the presence of potentially harmful bacteria.

A positive result for coliform from one single test is not enough to constitute an MCL (Maximum Contaminant Level) violation. An acute violation occurs when a site that initially tested positive is repeat tested and either the initial sample or one of the repeat samples is positive for E. coli. A monthly MCL violation occurs if more than 5 percent of all routine and repeat tests are coliform positive. A positive coliform result from a single routine test may be due to sampling error or bacteria in the testing mechanism but not in the drinking water pipes.

Additional Info

License Open Data Commons Public Domain Dedication and Licence (PDDL)
Publisher Public Utilities
Date Issued (YYYY-MM-DD) 2016-05-11
Date Modified (YYYY-MM-DD) 2024-02-24
Category Energy & Environment, City Infrastructure
Maintainer City of San Diego
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