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Paradise officials provide update on Water Supply Recovery Program

The Paradise Irrigation District said it plans on testing water from lot-to-lot instead of in zoned areas.

Posted: May 15, 2019 5:00 PM

PARADISE, Calif. - The Paradise Irrigation District said it plans on testing water from lot-to-lot instead of in zoned areas.

The process will also give priority to people who are currently living in their homes or in temporary housing on their properties in Paradise. 

Kevin Phillips, the district's director, said the majority of testing they've done shows no contamination in the main lines, but individual services lines are still showing volatile organic compounds, like Benzene. 

Post-test results, they're finding a big difference with service lines under burned structures compared to houses that are still standing. 

"The contamination within the burnt structures are showing that over 50% have some sort of contamination in their service line and approximately over 30% have contamination over the MCL, which is the state-regulated amount," Phillips said. "For the standing structure, what we're finding is less than 3% have contamination over the MCL." 

Tara Morrow, a resident in the Paradise area, said that the homes that burned are the ones that are more susceptible and need to help stop the contamination. 

"As a homeowner, as a property owner, I feel responsible to be a part of the progress, be part of helping rebuild," she said. 

An option would be to invest in a back flow preventer, which would allow water to flow through pipes without contaminated water flowing back into the district. 

Phillips said that only burned structure parcels would need the preventers. 

The Paradise Irrigation District is planning an intensified water sampling starting the beginning of June. 

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