Water Monitoring & Treatment
State-of-the-art technologies are used to treat and test the water served to Monte Vista Water District (MVWD) customers. To ensure proper disinfection, MVWD adds chlorine in the form of sodium hypochlorite, a chemical similar to household bleach, to the water supply produced by its groundwater wells. The chlorine kills harmful bacteria and viruses that might enter the system via a broken main or well contamination. Treated water from the Agua de Lejos Treatment Plant and the city of Upland distribution system is introduced directly into MVWD's distribution system.
Groundwater produced by MVWD's wells requires very minimal treatment prior to distribution. However, the groundwater basin from which MVWD draws water has areas of high concentrations of nitrates, a salt that at certain levels may pose a health risk to vulnerable populations. One of MVWD's newest wells is equipped with an ion exchange treatment facility that removes nitrates from the pumped groundwater. MVWD also operates three nitrate blending facilities that ensure nitrate levels in water entering the distribution system meets drinking water requirements.
In October 2020, MVWD will add granular-activated carbon (GAC) and ion exchange technology to the water treatment process at Plant 30, located on San Bernardino St. in Montclair, to meet stricter regulations recently implemented by the State Water Resources Control Board’s Division of Drinking Water (DDW). The project will include 12 GAC vessels, each approximately 10’ in diameter and 18’ tall, as well as four slightly larger ion exchange vessels. As water passes through these vessels, additional constituents will be filtered out to improve the quality of water delivered to our customers. Click here for more information about the Plant 30 Wellhead Treatment Project.
MVWD safeguards the distribution system by actively monitoring for 88 contaminants. MVWD collects water samples from 16 California State Water Resources Control Board-approved locations evenly dispersed throughout our distribution system every week, as well as from each of the District's active wells each month.