A recent report sheds light on how more than 55,000 California residents are being served up illegal and unsafe levels of arsenic in their tap water. California was found to be in noncompliance 3 years ago with the law regulating safe amounts of arsenic in water, with residents still being exposed to it.
The highest level of arsenic was found at Valley Teen Ranch in Madera County, a group home for troubled teen boys. In the facility, 50 underage boys were exposed to levels of arsenic 12 times the legal limit from 2011 to 2015. The Environmental Integrity Project reports that 13 school districts and 58 residential communities across the state are exposed to the contaminated water. Ninety-five water systems contain arsenic at 10 parts per billion, which is above the federal standards.