Project Description: CV-SALTS completed research to define what constitutes reasonable protection of existing and probable future MUN (Municipal and Domestic Supply) uses. This research focused on the preparation of a summary of the current state of knowledge regarding the effects of elevated salinity concentrations on drinking water supply, including human health concerns, and other domestic uses of water, including impacts of salinity on residential, commercial and industrial water-using devices. In addition, the research effort reviewed water quality objectives established in other California regions, federal recommendations developed by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, MUN-related water quality standards adopted by other states, and guidelines established by selected international entities. The resulting White Paper provides a summary of the key findings along with supporting data and references. CV-SALTS is using the findings of the White Paper to support development of a Salt/Nutrient Management Plan for the Central Valley and ensure that MUN-related uses of water are appropriately protected.
Project Status: Project was initiated June 2012; draft White Paper was submitted in July 2012; Final Draft White Paper was submitted in August 2012. A final White Paper was posted December 2016.