Members of Bakersfield’s city water board received an update Wednesday afternoon on upgrades to local water wells to guard against TCP — a chemical believed to cause cancer.
Twenty-seven filters are being installed on city wells where TCP has been detected.
New state regulations went into effect this past January, lowering maximum contamination levels for public water supplies.
“Within the city’s domestic service area, we’re currently equipping 35 of our wells with TCP removal equipment. That project is ongoing right now and expected to be finished up by the end of 2018,” Water Resources manager Art Chianello said.
TCP is a chemical used in agricultural fumigants sold by Dow Chemical Company and Shell Oil back in the 1980s that seeped into the groundwater.
The city and Cal Water have a plan to utilize more treated surface water in the system.