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California Department of Public Health Announces Completion of Garrapata Water Company Project in Monterey County 

Date: 4/9/2013 

Number: 13-014 

Contact: Anita Gore or Heather Bourbeau - (916) 440-7259 


Dr. Ron Chapman, director of the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) and the state health officer, announced today the completion of a water project for the Garrapata Water Company (GWC) in Monterey County. The system supplies safe drinking water to approximately 112 people through 42 service connections.

“We are committed to working with small water systems to deliver drinking water that meets water quality standards,” said Dr. Chapman of the $459,250 project, funded by the 2009 federal American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA). The ARRA provides almost $160 million to the Safe Drinking Water State Revolving Fund for infrastructure development of California’s drinking water systems. The recently completed water project entailed the construction of a surface water treatment plant.

GWC, a small community water system purchased by California American Water Company and approved by the California Public Utilities Commission in January 2013, is located approximately ten miles south of Carmel along the Monterey County coast. The GWC is regulated locally by the Monterey County Department of Environmental Health (Monterey County).

Prior to the project’s completion, the well was not properly sealed to prevent surface contaminants from migrating into the groundwater, and was determined by Monterey County to be groundwater affected by the surface water. The GWC is now in compliance with all drinking water regulations.

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