SANTA ROSA, Calif. - There are places in fire-scarred Santa Rosa where even though the water is flowing, people cannot drink it due to fear of pollution.
Benzene, a cancer-causing chemical leached into the water system when some pipes melted in the fire.
It has been a several million dollar fix, but has not taken as long as expected.
In order to prevent this from happening again, the city is considering building a second, independent, backup system water designed only to fight fires.
However, it would serve as a climate change insurance policy and some homeowners say they want to be prepared to adapt.
“Just the changing of our local ecosystems. We have to be prepared or else adapt and move on,” said Natalie Manning, a Santa Rosa homeowner.
The project is expected to cost a staggering $100 million.