We are considering buying a home in Morgan Hill, but we are concerned about the perchlorate in the water.

Asked by Peony, 94022 Wed Apr 11, 2012

I know that the city minitors it's levels in the water, and that the levels are low, but IS IT REALLY SAFE? Can anyone point to any experts opinions on this, or any studies on this? Our realtor is no help in this area, and brushes this concern (and others) aside. Thanks for any help!

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Home Owner, Home Owner, San Jose, CA
Thu Apr 12, 2012
Just to remind you, the only effects of perchlorate on the human body is that it interferes with iodine absorption at the thyroid gland, which is fully reversible as soon as exposure is stopped. It is not metabolized or stored and studies have failed to find any detrimental effects on fetuses or children (beyond the effect at the thyroid gland).

Furthermore, I believe that the "levels" of perchlorate in the Morgan Hill water is definitely safe. And recent water tests have found "no detection" at various well sites. Here's a link: http://www.morgan-hill.ca.gov/index.aspx?NID=587

Ultimately, the decision is yours but having family that lives in Morgan Hill, I believe that the water is completely safe for consumption.
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This link is very informative, and something I was searching for, but could not find on the internet. Thank you!
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John Wunderl…, Agent, Morgan Hill, CA
Wed Apr 11, 2012
Hi Peony,
The Perchlorate contamination site is located at Tennant and Railroad (south Morgan Hill, west of 101) and the plume primarily affected underground water supplies south of the site, especially in San Martin and north Gilroy. Unfortunately Perchlorate contamination is very common throughout the US including the great Colorado River.

There is a great deal of information online about the health threats and each year the city (or water district) sends us residents a water quality report card. According to the experts, those most at risk are infants and pregnant mothers and the concern is Perchlorate's effect on the thyroid gland. As a concerned parent, I use replaceable filters for drinking water in our home.

Good luck with your search!

John Wunderlich
Broker-owner / Realtor
Wunderlich Realty
(408) 201-4007
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Thank you for your feedback! Very helpful.
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Lee Schmidt, Agent, Morgan Hill, CA
Wed Apr 11, 2012
The perclorate plume starts at Tennant and Railroad Ave at the former site of Olin Flare Co. It tends to flow South, there is almost no concern in Morgan Hill. You can read more about the issue and what the county has done @ shttp://www.valleywater.org/Services/Perchlorate
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I appreciate your feedback. Thanks!
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Robert White…, Agent, Morgan Hill, CA
Thu Apr 12, 2012
I live and work in Morgan HIll. I understand your concerns relating to perchlorate in the water. In my case, I simply use bottled water that is delivered. As others have said, the issue comes from an old flare factory that used to be at the south end of town. While the concerns focused mostly on areas south of that, I have read reports of perchlorate being found in some waters north of that location.

Your best defense here is knowledge. By simply entering 'perchlorate' into google, you are going to get plenty of info on the subject.

I had to make the same decision you are contemplating and decided that the issue was manageable enough by using bottled water for drinking. We use it for everything else. Frankly, I know folks who have been drinking the local water for decades and I have not heard of any issues. If it were just me, I would probably just drink the stuff - but with 3 little boys, I wanted to err on the side of caution.

Hope that helps in some way. It seems like there is always "something" to get concerned about in any area. I would not let this put you off of Morgan Hill.

Good Luck,
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Thank you...I appreciate your feedback here, as a homeowner there AND father!
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Andrea Wince…, Agent, Milpitas, CA
Thu Apr 12, 2012
Below are some links, hope this helps .... If you like Morgan Hill, there are housing areas of the town that are not affected by the perchlorate:

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Thank you!
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Terri Vellios, Agent, Campbell, CA
Wed Apr 11, 2012

Here is a link. Your agent may not be brushing it off as so much that perhaps it is not in their area of expertise. Agents do not know EVERYTHING but they should be able to direct you to those who know.

Agents are to give real estate advice, not inspections, legal, tax, or other areas where others are licensed to provide the information.

I hope you find this link of value.
Web Reference:  http://www.TerriVellios.com
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I wasn't implying they should know everything. I was stating that the agent brushes off our concerns and does not refer us to anywhere for an answer.
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