Paradise Irrigation District provides update on water safety in Camp Fire burn scar

The Paradise Irrigation District gave the community a water update Tuesday night at the Paradise Alliance Church.

Posted: May 14, 2019 10:52 PM
Updated: May 15, 2019 9:47 AM

PARADISE, Calif. - The Paradise Irrigation District gave the community a water update Tuesday night at the Paradise Alliance Church.

At the meeting, the district went over their water system recovery plan and released a lot of numbers.

More than 800 samples have been taken to date and 501 locations have been sampled and analyzed. 

The locations included 63 standing structures, 331 burned lots and 107 water mains.

Many Camp Fire survivors attended the meeting to get information. 

"You'd love to be able to put a glass under the faucet and drink some water, but you can't do that, brush your teeth without having to go pick up cases of bottled water," said Manuel Macias, a Camp Fire survivor. 

Some community members still have concerns about the contaminants in the water. 

"I'm worried about those contaminants being sucked into our lines and if we need to replace our lines into the main including hot water heater, those kinds of things," said Mike Bush, a Camp Fire survivor. 

The district said it's focused on where the contamination in the water is coming from which they said is burned lots.

Water in the majority of sampled mains has not detected regulated volatile organic compounds.

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