TCP water treatment plant opens in Bakersfield

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Bakersfield now has a new plant to keep harmful chemicals out of the city’s water supply.

The California Water Service held an open house at the newly built TCP treatment plant.

TCP has been linked to cancer by scientists and the city spent months replacing the wells where it was found.

Bakersfield mayor Karen Goh marked the occasion by sharing a drink with Cal Water’s district manager Mike Mares, who says the treatment upgrades are the result of a lot of hard work.

“It took total team effort to get this done, a lot of coordination, a lot of hard work, and at the end we have safe, reliable water, continue to have safe and reliable water for our customers,” he said.

In 2016, close to 120 wells in Bakersfield were found to have high levels of TCP. The city reached a settlement with Dow Chemical in January that allowed customers to avoid to pay higher water rates to fund the replacements.

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