Nearly all of the surface water entering the District is conveyed through the California Aqueduct of the State Water Project (SWP). Use the links below to obtain SWP water quality data. Note that water quality can vary significantly from month to month and year to year. For example, electrical conductivity (EC) which is related to salt content, is lower in spring than in the fall and lower in wet water years than dry water years. The Engineering Department can provide assistance upon request.
General Minerals, General Characteristics and Metals
About once per month, the DWR collects grab samples from various points on the Aqueduct. These are analyzed by Bryte Chemical Laboratory for general minerals, general physical characteristics and metals. The closest sampling point and the one most reflective of District water quality is located at DWR’s Teerink Pumping Plant. The Teerink Pumping Plant is located roughly 4.5 miles downstream from Maricopa Highway and 2 miles upstream from the WRM 10 Pumping Plant.
- Click on link: http://wdl.water.ca.gov/waterdatalibrary/waterquality/station_group/index.cfm
- First Check the box “O&M CA Aqueduct Grab Sample Data” click on “Get Stations”
- Then Check “Teerick Pumping Plant”, which is last on the list.
- Then At the bottom, select a date range and format.
Coli form Bacteria and E. coli
Once per week, the District collects a water sample at its headquarters on Highway 166 to help provide an indication of the amount of coliform bacteria in the California Aqueduct. These samples are only representative of one arbitrary point in the District’s WRM 8 system and are neither intended to suggest fitness for human consumption nor to represent bacterial levels at all points in the Districts 300-mile piped system. Customers that need to know bacteria levels in their process water, wash water, or irrigation water for compliance purposes should collect their own samples downstream from their meter.
Aqueduct Water Bacteriological Analysis, Samples taken at District Headquarters: