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Water Quality

District water supplies meet or exceed state and federal standards for water quality. Protection of the quality of water supplies is our top priority.

The Fair Oaks Water District (FOWD) delivers water made up of approximately 90 percent treated surface water purchased from the San Juan Water District and 10 percent groundwater pumped from District-owned wells. The surface water received comes from one of the highest quality water sources in the state – the American River. FOWD groundwater supplements the surface water during the high-demand time and system emergencies. All water provided to our customers meets or exceeds State and Federal drinking water standards.

The FOWD’s wells are of excellent water quality and are regularly sampled and confirmed to be in full compliance with drinking water standards. In addition, the Sacramento Groundwater Authority manages the American River groundwater basin and conducts a comprehensive water quality monitoring program.