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Experts believe Paradise water poisoned by "toxic cocktail" during Camp Fire

Water experts believe the extreme heat of the November firestorm created a "toxic cocktail" of gases in burning homes that was sucked into water pipes

Posted: Apr 18, 2019 11:56 AM
Updated: Apr 19, 2019 2:00 PM

PARADISE, Calif. (AP) - Water officials say the drinking water in Paradise, California, which was decimated by a wildfire last year, is contaminated with the cancer-causing chemical benzene.

Fixing the problem could cost $300 million and take up to two years.

The Sacramento Bee reports Thursday that experts believe the extreme heat of the November firestorm created a "toxic cocktail" of gases in burning homes that was sucked into water pipes when the system depressurized from use by residents and firefighters.

About 1,500 of the town's 27,000 residents are living in the few surviving houses.

Water officials have warned them not to drink, cook, bathe in or brush their teeth with tap water and to only take quick showers with warm water. They are giving cases of free bottled water to residents daily.

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CLICK HERE for the Wednesday, Apri 17, 2019 story about the Paradise Irrigation District and what they are doing about the water contamination in the town.

Information from: The Sacramento Bee, http://www.sacbee.com

(Copyright 2019 The Associated Press)

CLICK HERE for Julia Yarbough's report on the Paradise Irrigation District's new plan concerning the future of the water and what steps will be taken to ensure that it is safe again.

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