BEVERLY HILLS (CBSLA.com) — Drink up, Beverly Hills. City officials say the water is safe for consumption.
In December, testing conducted on samples of Beverly Hills drinking water showed levels of coliform bacteria — which the city described as “common” and “generally non-harmful” — that registered slightly above standards set by California law.
Six out of 88 total samples — 6.82 percent — showed trace amounts of coliform bacteria contamination, prompting a warning to residents (PDF) that “people with severely compromised immune systems, infants, and some elderly people” could be at risk of health complications and should consult a physician.
State law requires water customers to be notified anytime 5 percent of water samples containing coliform bacteria exceed standards, but the city did not initially provide any public notice until Mar. 6 because “staff was unaware of the noticing requirement.”
KNX 1070’s Bill Polish reports the warning wasn’t sent out to residents until earlier this month because of a mathematical error.