The Water Utility Division is responsible for the production and distribution of the city's water supply and the maintenance of all water system facilities. The city’s water system supplies water to over 95% of Monterey Park’s residents and businesses. Private water companies service the remaining portions of the city. The quality of the water in the city’s system is tightly regulated by federal, state, and county agencies.
Media reports of lead in the city water system
Recent articles dated March 2016 in the Desert Sun and USA Today reported incorrect levels of lead in the city water system. Please click here for an explanation of the error. The correct level of lead is provided in this report that was submitted to the Department of Public Health.
The city also discussed the issue via an on-air interview during radio station 89.3 KPCC's "AirTalk" program.
The division takes and tests over 250 water samples per month to make sure that the city’s water is always in compliance with state and federal water quality standards. In addition to sampling activities ongoing operation and maintenance activities to insure a safe and continual supply of water to the community include:
- Treatment activities
- Water flow / pumping projections
- Bimonthly meter readings
- Routine meter replacements and upgrades
- New service installations
- Main flushing
- Valve exercising and maintenance
- Emergency repairs
The water system is made up of:
- 5 treatment facilities
- 11 pumping stations
- 12 deep wells located near the Rio Hondo River
- 14 storage reservoirs
- 134 miles of water main
- 1,000 fire hydrants
- 13,400 water meters