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Paradise Irrigation District finishes water sampling

The Paradise Irrigation District says they are done testing for post Camp Fire water contamination.

Posted: Mar 2, 2020 5:54 PM
Updated: Mar 2, 2020 5:57 PM

PARADISE, Calif.- The Paradise Irrigation District is done testing for post Camp Fire water contamination.

PID District Manager, Kevin Phillips says they have finished earlier than they originally expected.

He says they should be getting test results back in a couple of weeks.

Phillips adds, if any come back showing contamination,  they will go out and replace the service lines before the end of the month.

As for those who are rebuilding on the ridge, the process is a little different. 

“Every new rebuild instead of going and testing we are going to replace their service line so they automatically get brand new infrastructure from the main line to the meter so there is no concern of contamination anytime soon," Phillips said.

He also says, as soon as you get a permit through the town, you will automatically get added to their list.

According to PID, of the 1,543 meters tested, only 26 were contaminated at levels above California’s regulatory limit.

Half of those service lines have been replaced, and they are currently working on the other half.

PID says they are working to keep up with the rebuilding process and make sure they are replacing service lines quickly for those returning to Paradise. 

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