August Complex: Trinity County warns of possible water contamination

Trinity County officials are testing water samples for Cyanobacteria contamination downstream of the August Complex burn scar. New road opening times for State Route 36.

Posted: Nov 7, 2020 12:01 PM
Updated: Nov 9, 2020 10:12 AM

TRINITY COUNTY, Calif. - There is a water warning in place in Trinity County due to possible contamination from Cyanobacteria downstream of the August Complex burn scar. Some streams and wells may be impacted.

Officials from Trinity County Environmental Health said Friday that they have identified possible Cyanobacteria in Barry Creek, a tributary to both Mad River and Ruth Lake.

Officials said out of an abundance of caution they are warning people who use seep wells or other shallow forms of surface water diversion not to drink from that water source at this time. They warn that boiling the water does not resolve the issue with contaminants.

Water samples are being collected to send out to labs for analysis by the Trinity County Environmental Health Department.

Anyone drinking water from a well that could be shallow or that has sustained fire damage should contact Environmental Health at (530) 623-1459, as it may be unsafe to drink.

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