CV-SALTS – Managing Salt and Nitrate in the California Central Valley

Residential Well Testing

The first goal of the Nitrate Control Program is to provide safe drinking water to those with groundwater that exceeds the nitrate drinking water standard. To accomplish this, Management Zones are conducting a multi-step process:

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Step 1

Research and identify specific residential areas with high nitrate concentration in groundwater.

Step 2

Reach out to residents in those areas to offer water-testing services.

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Step 3

Offer free bottled water delivery services to those residents with wells exceeding safe nitrate concentration levels.

Step 4

Identify long-term safe drinking water solutions.

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CV-SALTS has launched a new initiative in Modesto and Turlock subbasins in partnership with the Safe and Affordable Funding for Equity and Resilience (SAFER) program. The program’s goal is to expand the Nitrate Program’s water testing to include other potentially harmful contaminants. Currently, Valley Water Collaborative has launched this program. Other Management Zones are expected to expand this program.  Here is some press on the Launch by Valley Water Collaborative: