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STPUD meeting

Hema Easley

For those who believe that Tahoe water is among the purest in the world, here’s your chance to agree with water officials and give them a pat on the back for ensuring that it remains so.

The South Tahoe Public Utility District will hold a public hearing during its board meeting Thursday to seek approval for its water quality assessment report. The report, which must be prepared annually, says that the district’s water meets all guidelines adopted by the California Health and Safety Code.

“The quality of Tahoe water is outstanding. You couldn’t ask for a more pure and plentiful aquifer,” said Dennis Cocking, spokesman for STPUD.

California law requires the district to submit a written report every three years comparing the district’s water quality with Public Health Goals set up by the California Environment Protection Agency. Annual reports have been collected every year since 1998 and have been found to meet set standards. The 2000 report has already been summarized and mailed to customers.

However, some constituents that do not figure in the California PHGs but are considered risks under federal guidelines were found in Tahoe water, Cocking said.

Minuscule quantities of uranium, gross alpha and radium were detected in Tahoe water, which if consumed over a long period of time could cause an increased risk of cancer and kidney toxicity. The constituents are present naturally in granite soil, which is common in the Tahoe area.

But risk to consumers is “zero” because the presence of these constituents is much below the permissible limit, Cocking said.

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