City council approves funding to upgrade contaminated water wells

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The Bakersfield City Council has signed off on the remaining cost to upgrade wells contaminated with TCP, a decision made final at Wednesday night’s meeting.

Last summer, the state water board set a new standard for the chemical or 1,2,3-trichloropropane.

Since then, Cal Water has been installing treatment facilities around the city to treat more than two dozen wells.

At a meeting last month, it was decided work could start on additional eight wells.

Council members approved the initial 70 percent of the cost and approved the remaining $266,000 to complete the work last night.

Water Resources manager Art Chianello says the work will have no impact to the city’s general fund.

Some experts say TCP can cause cancer, but there is no research proving that it actually does.

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