What is a Public Health Goal (PHG)?

California has also developed Public Health Goals (PHGs) for water contaminants that are used by the State in setting MCLs. PHGs are not regulated limits, they are goals developed by the California Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA). The PHG value is a theoretical estimate where no known or anticipated adverse effect on the health of persons would occur if a consumer was to drink two liters of water daily for 70 years. PHGs are unique to California and are comparable in concept to the EPA’s Maximum Containment Level Goals (MCLGs). 

It is important to note that PHGs do not consider whether the level is technologically or economically feasible or even measurable. The role of the PHG is to be utilized to ensure that MCLs are set "as close as possible" to the corresponding PHG with the primary emphasis on the protection of public health but also considering technological and economic feasibility. 

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1. What is SMWD doing to ensure that your water is safe?
2. What is a Public Health Goal (PHG)?
3. How is drinking water quality regulated?
4. What are trihalomethanes (THM) and haloacetic acids (HAA)?
5. How can I perform my own water testing?
6. Is SMWD water hard or soft?
7. What is the white residue that builds up on silverware, glasses and even my shower door?
8. Why does my tap water sometimes look cloudy?
9. What is the odor that I sometimes smell from my tap or sink faucet?