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Paradise Irrigation District is working to save water

The PID is making changes to be able to keep providing water for people living on the ridge.

Posted: Aug 20, 2021 6:33 PM

PARADISE, Calif. - As water across the state of California is becoming more scarce, people in Paradise are concerned for their community.

"Water is life, water is precious,” Paradise resident Amaji Fox said. “Without water, there is no life, there is no town."

Fox has been living in Paradise for 40 years.

She was relieved to hear that her town is taking steps to preserve water so that the town can continue to rebuild.

"I appreciate the town of Paradise looking after the people in Paradise because we have gone through a lot,” Fox said.

Usually, anyone would be able to come to the Paradise Irrigation District to fill up their jugs and tanks but now, only people living in Paradise will be able to use this water.

"We want to make sure that the water isn't being taken by folks who don't live in Paradise and it is saved for the residents who actually need the water," assistant district manager for PID Mickey Rich said.

Rich said when people come to get water, they will have to register first and show proof that they are Paradise residents.

"Come to the office and then they will talk with customer service to give them their address and their vehicle information and at that time, it gives customer service reps the opportunity to look up their account and see their water situation and see if there is something better we could be doing for them at their property,” Rich said.

"It is important that everyone has enough water for cement work or clean up,” Fox said.

The PID also saving water by not allowing people to fill up tanks, only five-gallon jugs.

The PID is open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m.to 4 p.m. for people to come into the office or to fill up their jugs.

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