Paradise Irrigation District shares updates on recovery plan

People living in Paradise say clean water is a top priority. The irrigation district is working towards a solution, reporter Christina Vitale was live at the meeting at the Paradise Alliance Church.

Posted: Sep 17, 2019 1:27 PM

PARADISE, Calif. - People living in Paradise say clean water is a top priority. The irrigation district is working towards a solution, reporter Christina Vitale was live at the meeting at the Paradise Alliance Church.

Vicki Redridge-Kunst attends every community meeting.

"There's always something to learn that will help you in your tomorrows," Kunst said. "Even though everyone thinks about how this is all up in the air in terms of if the is water safe. Or is it not safe they're dealing with something that's never been dealt with before."

Deputy Program Director Michael Lindquist said crews have sampled 600 sites in Paradise.

Of those sampled, they have issued over 300 letters lifting the water quality advisory with another 200 more letters on the way.

"A common question we get is how long is it going to take, and at our current pace we hope to have all standing structures tested by no later than the end of March next year," Lindquist said.

Lindquist added they no longer have chemical interference with their testing equipment.

"We've now adopted new sampling methods and equipment that allows us to go faster than ever," Lindquist said.

The equipment allows them to go faster especially with the help of their dedicated employees.

"One of the things that occurs is when a customer recognizes how hard a Paradise Irrigation District employee is working," Lindquist said. "When they have a kind word for them that goes a long way to help that person really recognize how important their work is."

"Every time workers show up whether its PID or whatever I'm always out – oh what's your name and what are you doing and the thing I think people forget is that many of these employees also lost everything they owned," Kunst said.

Lindquist said at first the water problem seemed unconquerable.

"We weren't exactly sure how we were going to get there but there was no doubt in my mind that we were going to," Lindquist said. "So at least one small part of their world is back to normal."

The meeting was on Sept. 16 from 6 to 9 p.m.

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