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State water board sets maximum contaminant level on 1,2,3 TCP

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The State Water Resources Control Board set what it is calling a maximum containment level for 1,2,3 TCP on Tuesday.

The state will now start regulating the chemical and water companies to test all of their wells every month starting in January. This means water companies will have six months to fix any affected wells.

Currently, 41 out of 61 wells in the city of Bakersfield and 27 out 136 wells in the Cal Water Bakersfield District are out of code.

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Officials say there is a filter that can be used to help fix the problem. However, it is very expensive, costing anywhere from $1 million to $2 million per well.

Cal Water is unsure if its water rates will change. The city plans to raise rates for its customers.

The contaminated wells and water rates will be discussed during a City Council meeting Wednesday night.

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