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Paradise Irrigation District continues water testing in Camp Fire burn scar

The Paradise Irrigation District is still working to restore clean water to the ridge.

Posted: Jun 11, 2019 7:36 PM
Updated: Jun 11, 2019 7:36 PM

PARADISE, Calif. - The Paradise Irrigation District is still working to restore clean water to the ridge.

So far, the district is making big strides toward turning non-potable water into drinking water in the town. 

The district put a call out for volunteers in the Camp Fire burn scar that would be willing to let them test their water for the first two weeks of June. 


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The water testing has been successful so far, and Action News Now rode along with district officials to learn more about the sampling process. 

One of the main issues that workers with the district are dealing with is air in the service lines, according to San Francisco Water Department worker Sal Castro. 

"That usually happens with something breaks," Castro said. "You have it open and it just starts sucking in air and that's where the contaminants come from."

First, crews take two jar-full samples and then they flush out five gallons to test the water main. 

Paradise Irrigation District worker Laura Capra focuses on labeling the samples to be sent out to the labs. 

After the sampling process, the Paradise Irrigation District will be able to confidently tell their customers if the water being delivered to them is cleared, but that doesn't necessarily mean the water coming from the tap is drinkable.

"The pipes to the water meter and the plumbing in the home is a different area," she said. "We're working in partnerships with local and state agencies to develop guidance for homeowners on how to get confidence in the pipes that they own from the meter to their home and the plumbing in their home."

Workers with the district encourage homeowners to test their pipes. 

"You know, I get that it's a cost to the customer but to have peace of mind in the safety notice in your mind that your house is clear even though all this could be clear, you should wanna know that," she said. 

By July 1, the Paradise Irrigation District said they'll be able to tell the customers who volunteered for the program if the water being delivered to them is potable.  

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