Research and Reports

Your Research and Reports

Will This Affect My Research?

The chemical makeup of the surface water is different than the groundwater currently flowing from campus taps. The surface water will be naturally “softer,” than the groundwater supply so water softeners may not be necessary. Labs that use reverse osmosis and/or deionized water should see minimal, if any, impacts to their research. The campus’s building-level treatment processes - the RO and DI water systems - remove most minerals before it is supplied to customers. However, if your research is set up to run on our current well water (i.e., pH, mineral content, etc.), please email the project team at to discuss possible mitigation options. 

Please Note: Domestic water (e.g., water flowing from taps and drinking fountains, and water in toilets) on campus in the future will be a blend of surface water and groundwater. Surface water will make up the majority of the campus water supply although the actual makeup will vary by time of year and location on campus. The water at a specific location could be all surface water, all ground water, or a blend of both.


Water Quality Reports

UC Davis Utilities continually monitors the quality of the campus water supply. Presently, UC Davis domestic water is supplied by six on-campus wells, drawing from aquifers 800-1400 feet below the ground. The water is not treated, aside from disinfection using chlorine. Utilities staff continually monitors the quality of the water to ensure it is safe to drink. 


Water Integration Study (i.e., what's expected to happen when the campus starts serving surface water)

UC Davis, as well as the Cities of Davis and Woodland must plan for integrating this new water source into their existing distribution systems, which currently rely on 100% groundwater (GW). This new water supply will have very different and generally much better water quality than the current groundwater—it will be softer, have a much lower chloride and total dissolved solids (TDS) concentration, and a lower alkalinity—and the Cities’ distribution systems will go through a period of reequilibration to this new water quality.