Heritage Ranch district looks to improve its water

The Heritage Ranch Community Services District is slated to upgrade its treatment process so its drinking water meets federal environmental standards.

The district, which serves about 3,000 North County residents near Nacimiento Lake, was notified earlier this year that a byproduct created during its disinfection process was causing the CSD to violate updated standards set by U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

Though the byproduct doesn’t pose an immediate health risk, district officials say, it will require hundreds of thousands of dollars to fix.

When chlorine reacts with organic compounds found naturally in water, it produces certain acids unfavorable to the EPA.