Note to county officials: If you accuse Glendora of having poisonous metals in its water, expect to receive a scathing letter in return.
Late last month, Glendora appeared on a top-ten list of places in L.A. County with high levels of arsenic in their water. Arsenic is toxic metal used in some pesticides, as a wood preservative and for making transistors.
A county well on Dalton Canyon Road came in sixth place out of the worst offenders. It had nearly twice the recommended level of arsenic for healthy drinking water. Still, its level was only one-fourth of what people in Saugus have to drink.
The list was part of a survey of 195 water wells conducted by the county at the behest of the board of supervisors.
Glendora Patch picked up the story.
At Tuesday’s council meeting, Councilwoman Judy Nelson, apparently concerned about having poisonous water in The Pride of the Foothills, asked City Manager Chris Jeffers what the deal is.
“The way that that has been portrayed is greatly misleading,” said Jeffers.
He assured the council that the city’s water is safe — the result of state regulations requiring the city to perform “22,000 tests per year,” using “sub-atomic level analysis.”
“This water is poked, pricked and otherwise analyzed beyond death,” Jeffers said.
Plus, he said, that county well doesn’t even serve Glendora residents.
Jeffers said the county will soon be hearing back from the city about this matter.
“The water division is writing sort of a letter back to the agriculture people and the board (of supervisors) to express our disappointment and frustration with the way that was a carried out,” Jeffers said.
Playing on a theme at Tuesday’s meeting of alluding to vulgarities, Councilwoman Karen Davis said she’ll “edit that colorful language in the letter for you.”
County officials, you’re officially on notice. You heard it here.