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Water progress on the ridge

The Paradise Irrigation District is on track to have all standing structures tested by next spring, and they're starting to replace service lines on burnt lots.

Posted: Nov 14, 2019 6:01 PM

PARADISE, Calif. - The Paradise Irrigation District is on track to have all standing structures tested by next spring, and they're starting to replace service lines on burnt lots.

"Paradise is home," Steve Canterbury from Paradise said.

Cantebury grew up and lived in Paradise for 45 years.

He spent the last 15 years in Chico, but he always knew, even after the Camp Fire he wanted to come back to the ridge.

"We were purchasing a home here and it burned down just before we closed on it and moved in, so we went ahead and bought the lot and we're building a home," he said.

Cantebury told Action News Now they're in their last steps of building their dream home, besides painting, and interior installations, their house is not hooked up to PID water yet.

"As I understand the mainline is good it been tested and it's great and they're going to replace the lateral from the mainline over to the meter where we're hooked on and take it from there," Canterbury said.

Although Cantebury's lateral hasn't bee replaced PID was able to hook up a hose for building and contracting needs.

"And we've been able to use that to water the plants and keep those alive so that parts been excellent," he said.

PID says they're replacing all service lines at burnt lots where homeowners are rebuilding - like Cantebury, and that pace will come prior to completing construction

"I'm sure once we get everything hooked up we'll test just to make sure that we want to drink it right off the bat I think we will but we'll see," Canterbury said.

Cantebury didn't know what to expect for water recovery in his hometown.

"I don't know we'll cross that road when we get there and hopefully PID would be ready by the time we are and that's what looks likes going to happen," he said.

Cantebury encourages people to come back to ridge.

"Yes there are issues yes there are headaches there's nothing that's insurmountable this is not an interim thing we're not building for, we're building to be in Paradise for the rest of our lives," he said.

PID crews have replaced 93 laterals in the town bringing the total number of properties being served clean drinking water to more than 700 out of 1500 buildings identified.

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