CLAIM: Paramount’s Well 13 is an active well used for drinking water and contains high levels of arsenic above the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Maximum Contaminant Level (MCL) of 10 ug/l.
The raw, untreated water at Well 13 does register levels of arsenic that border or exceed the EPA’s MCL for the compound. However, the water produced at Well 13 goes through the water treatment plant located at this well. This process removes arsenic, along with manganese, to meet all State and Federal Drinking Water Standards, as stated in the City’s Water Consumer Report. Further, the water is disinfected through chlorination, which is the case for all water either produced by the City’s water utility or is imported through the Metropolitan Water District.