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Can You Drink Tap Water in Upland?
Yes, Upland's tap water is generally considered safe to drink as Upland has no active health based violations of the Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA) that we are aware of. Other factors such as lead piping in a home, or low levels of pollutants on immunocompromised individuals, should also be considered, however. To find more recent info we might have, you can check out our boil water notice page or the city's water provider website.
According the EPA’s ECHO database, from April 30, 2019 to June 30, 2022, Upland's water utility, City of Upland, had 1 non-health-based violations of the Safe Drinking Water Act. For more details on the violations, please see our violation history section below. The last violation for Upland was resolved on Dec. 31, 2015. This assessment is based on the City of Upland water system, other water systems in the city may have different results.
While tap water that meets the EPA health guidelines generally won’t make you sick to your stomach, it can still contain regulated and unregulated contaminants present in trace amounts that could potentially cause health issues over the long-run. These trace contaminants may also impact immunocompromised and vulnerable individuals.
Water Quality Report for Upland Tap Water
The most recent publicly available numbers for measured contaminant levels in Upland tap water are in its 2020 Water Quality Report. As you can see, there are levels which the EPA considers to be acceptable, but being below the maximum allowable level doesn’t necessarily mean the water is healthy.
Lead in tap water, for example, is currently allowed at up to 15ppb by the EPA, but it has set the ideal goal for lead at zero. This highlights how meeting EPA standards doesn’t necessarily mean local tap water is healthy.
EPA regulations continue to change as it evaluates the long term impacts of chemicals and updates drinking water acceptable levels. The rules around arsenic, as well as, lead and copper are currently being re-evaluated.
There are also a number of "emerging" contaminants that are not currently. For example, PFAS (Per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances), for which the EPA has issued a health advisory. PFAS are called "forever chemicals" since they tend not to break down in the environment or the human body and can accumulate over time.
We recommend looking at the contaminants present in Upland's water quality reports, or getting your home's tap water tested to see if you should be filtering your water.
Upland Tap Water Safe Drinking Water Act Violation History - Prior 10 Years
Below is a ten year history of violations for the water system named City of Upland for Upland in California. For more details please see the "What do these Violations Mean?" section below.
For the compliance period beginning Oct. 1, 2019, Upland had 1 non-health based Safe Drinking Water Act violation with the violation category being Monitoring and Reporting, more specifically, the violation code was Follow-up Or Routine LCR Tap M/R which falls into the Chemicals rule code group, and the Lead and Copper Rule rule code family for the following contaminant code: Lead and Copper Rule.
From Jan. 1, 2015 to Dec. 31, 2015, Upland had 1 non-health based Safe Drinking Water Act violation with the violation category being Monitoring and Reporting, more specifically, the violation code was Monitoring, Regular which falls into the Chemicals rule code group, and the Inorganic Chemicals rule code family for the following contaminant code: Nitrate.
Is there Lead in Upland Water?
Based on the EPA’s ECHO Database, 90% of the samples taken from the Upland water system, City of Upland, between sample start date and sample end date, were at or below, 0.0016 mg/L of lead in Upland water. This is 10.7% of the 0.015 mg/L action level. This means 10% of the samples taken from Upland contained more lead.
While Upland water testing may have found 0.0016 mg/L of lead in its water, that does not mean your water source has the same amount. The amount of lead in water in a city can vary greatly from neighborhood to neighborhood, or even building to building. Many buildings, particularly older ones, have lead pipes or service lines which can be a source of contamination. To find out if your home has lead, we recommend getting you water tested.
No amount of lead in water is healthy, only less dangerous. As lead accumulates in our bodies over time, even exposure to relatively small amounts can have negative health effects. For more information, please check out our Lead FAQ page.
Are there PFAS in Upland Tap Water?
Currently, testing tap water for PFAS isn’t mandated on a national level. We do have a list of military bases where there have been suspected or confirmed leaks. There appears to be at least one military base - AZUSA CA NCCOSC MORRIS DA - near Upland with suspected leaks.
With many potential sources of PFAS in tap water across the US, the best information we currently have about which cities have PFAS in their water is this ewg map, which you can check to see if Upland has been evaluated for yet.
Our stance is better safe than sorry, and that it makes sense to try to purify the tap water just in case.
Upland SDWA Violation History Table - Prior 10 Years
|Rule Group Code
|Rule Family Code
|Monitoring and Reporting (MR)
|Follow-up Or Routine LCR Tap M/R (52)
|Lead and Copper Rule (350)
|Lead and Copper Rule (5000)
|Lead and Copper Rule (350)
|01/01/2015 - 12/31/2015
|Monitoring and Reporting (MR)
|Monitoring, Regular (03)
|Inorganic Chemicals (330)
What do these Violations Mean?
Safe Drinking Water Act Violations categories split into two groups, health based, and non-health based. Generally, health based violations are more serious, though non-health based violations can also be cause for concern.
Health Based Violations
- Maximum contaminant levels (MCLs) - maximum allowed contaminant level was exceeded.
- Maximum residual disinfectant levels (MRDLs) - maximum allowed disinfectant level was exceeded.
- Other violations (Other) - the exact required process to reduce the amounts of contaminants in drinking water was not followed.
Non-Health Based Violations
- Monitoring and reporting violations (MR, MON) - failure to conduct the required regular monitoring of drinking water quality, and/or to submit monitoring results on time.
- Public notice violations (Other) - failure to immediately alert consumers if there is a serious problem with their drinking water that may pose a risk to public health.
- Other violations (Other) - miscellaneous violations, such as failure to issue annual consumer confidence reports or maintain required records.
SDWA Table Key
|Dates of the compliance period.
Current status of the violation.
|Whether the violation is health based.
The category of violation that is reported.
|A full description of violation codes can be accessed in the SDWA_REF_CODE_VALUES (CSV) table.
|A code value that represents a contaminant for which a public water system has incurred a violation of a primary drinking water regulation.
Code for a National Drinking Water rule.
|Rule Group Code
Code that uniquely identifies a rule group.
|Rule Family Code
Code for rule family.
For more clarification please visit the EPA's data dictionary.
Upland Water - Frequently Asked Questions
|1370 N. Benson Avenue
UPLAND, CA, 91786
Existing customers can login to their City of Upland account to pay their Upland water bill by clicking here.
If you want to pay your City of Upland bill online and haven't made an account yet, you can create an account online. Please click here to create your account to pay your Upland water bill.
If you don't want to make an account, or can't remember your account, you can make a one-time payment towards your Upland water bill without creating an account using a one time payment portal with your account number and credit or debit card. Click here to make a one time payment.
Moving to a new house or apartment in Upland means you will often need to put the water in your name with City of Upland. In order to put the water in your name, please click the link to the start service form below. Start service requests for water bills typically take two business days.
Leaving your house or apartment in Upland means you will likely need to take your name off of the water bill with City of Upland. In order to take your name off the water bill, please click the link to the stop service form below. Stop service for water bills requests typically take two business days.
The estimated price of bottled water
$2.33 in USD (1.5-liter)
USER SUBMITTED RATINGS
- Drinking Water Pollution and Inaccessibility 30% Low
- Water Pollution 40% Moderate
- Drinking Water Quality and Accessibility 70% High
- Water Quality 60% High
The above data is comprised of subjective, user submitted opinions about the water quality and pollution in Upland, measured on a scale from 0% (lowest) to 100% (highest).
Upland Water Quality Report (Consumer Confidence Report)
The EPA mandates that towns and cities consistently monitor and test their tap water. They must report their findings in an annual Consumer Confidence Report. Below is the most recent water quality report from Upland's Water. If you would like to see the original version of the report, please click here.
City of Upland
EWG's drinking water quality report shows results of tests conducted by the water utility and provided to the Environmental Working Group by the California State Water Resources Control Board, as well as information from the U.S. EPA Enforcement and Compliance History database (ECHO). For the latest quarter assessed by the U.S. EPA (January 2019 - March 2019), tap water provided by this water utility was in compliance with federal health-based drinking water standards.
- Serves: 78791
- Data available: 2012-2017
- Data Source: Surface water
- Total: 29
Contaminants That Exceed Guidelines
- 1%2C2-Dibromo-3-chloropropane (DBCP)
- Chromium (hexavalent)
- Dichloroacetic acid
- Nitrate and nitrite
- Tetrachloroethylene (perchloroethylene)
- Total trihalomethanes (TTHMs)
- Trichloroacetic acid
Other Detected Contaminants
- Bromochloroacetic acid
- Chromium (total)
- Dibromoacetic acid
- Haloacetic acids (HAA5)
- Monobromoacetic acid
Always take extra precautions, the water may be safe to drink when it leaves the sewage treatment plant but it may pick up pollutants during its way to your tap. We advise that you ask locals or hotel staff about the water quality. Also, note that different cities have different water mineral contents.
Sources and Resources
The Tap Water Upland State Park in Louisiana offers a great camping experience. There are many campgrounds in this area and some of them have amenities like water fountains, bathrooms and showers, fireplaces, hot showers, fire pits and picnic areas. However, it is still best to check out the campground beforehand before you leave home.
The Tap Water Upland State Park has one campground that has a small convenience store, a swimming pool, a campground, a camp fire pit, a grill, an RV hookup and a picnic table. It is located approximately five miles from the entrance to Upland United States National Forests. This park is about a two hours drive. So, if you do not plan to spend too much time in this state park, you should consider going to another campground that is within the park.
Campers can find many beautiful sights and activities to do at this campground. The camp grounds are surrounded by tall trees and surrounded by the rolling hills of the land.