Consumer Protection Program Water Quality
Mission Statement: Our goal is to maintain clean and safe water for
recreational and domestic use through monitoring and testing, and through
increased community awareness and education regarding water quality, storm drain
runoff, and illegal discharge into our storm drains.
The City of Long
Beach Consumer Protection Program is responsible for:
Long Beach has approximately 7 miles of public beach
and may be visited by over 50,000 people during the summer months. In order to
protect the safety of the public, weekly
samples are collected and tested routinely by the Health Department's
Environmental Health Water Quality Monitoring Program to monitor bacterial
levels. Sampling also includes Bays, Marinas and within the Harbor area. For
additional information about Southern California beaches, visit the Heal the Bay website. Fifteen (15)
samples are collected weekly (AB 411 requirements) and analyzed at the
Department of Health and Human Services Public Health Lab. Results are ready in
18 to 24 hours, depending on the test. If sample results are outside state
standards, re-sampling is done and continued until results are within state
When needed, the Health Department posts warning signs. This
information is also made available on the hotline at (562)
2. Well Permitting
- Environmental Health
requires permits for all wells in the City
- Permits are required for
installation and destruction of wells
- Permits require a 48-hour
- Public works also permits well construction/abandonment of
work done in the street, alley or sidewalk
- The main concern is the
proper sealing of the well to prevent contamination of the ground water
3. Public swimming pool/spa plan check and
- Staff perform annual routine pool inspections
- Water Quality Program staff perform pool/spa plan check reviews, including
remodel and re-plaster
- Three sets of plans are required; one is kept
for the files
Equipment Requirements in LA County
4. Recycled Water
- Every four years a "shut down" test is performed on all
sites using recycled water. This test is to ensure that there is no cross
connection between the domestic water lines and the recycled water lines.
- The test may take several hours to perform depending on the size of the
facility and the number of personnel.
- Most inspections are performed
early in the morning before the facility is open or after hours.
recycled water pipes, valves, controllers, and boxes must be purple or properly
5. Cross Connection
"Cross connection" is an
unprotected actual or potential connection or structural arrangement between a
potable water system and any other source or system through which it is possible
to introduce any used water, industrial fluid, gas, or substance other than the
intended potable water.
This program encompasses the following
- Record keeping/tracking of more than 2500 backflow
- Commercial/industrial surveys
- Mailing of notices for annual testing of backflow devices
For more information on Environmental Health Water
Quality Program, please call (562) 570-4134. For the latest status on
beach and bay closures or postings, call the Beach Advisory and Closure
Hotline at (562) 570-4199. Call 911 after hours and on weekends.
report illegal dumping into a catch basin, call (562) 570-DUMP.
report a sewage spill, call (562) 570-4129 Monday through Friday 8-5.
- For after-hour beach emergencies call the Fire dispatch at 911.
organize and/or participate in beach clean-up days call (562)570-1471 for more