Thursday, 18 July 2024

Boil water order issued for parts of Spring Valley

SPRING VALLEY – Residents in parts of the Spring Valley community are being directed to boil their water temporarily due to a water main break.


Lake County Special Districts issued the order on Friday.


The order explained that due to a recent water main break near the Wolf Creek bridge, the California Department of Health Services is advising residents of Meadow Creek Road and Chalk Mountain Way to use boiled tap water or bottled water for drinking and cooking purposes as a safety precaution.


This only affects properties that could not be valved off from the water main break area, Special Districts reported.


Failure to follow the boil water advisory could result in stomach and intestinal illness, the agency cautioned.


All tap water used for drinking or cooking should be boiled rapidly for at least one minute, which Special Districts said is the preferred method to assure that the water is safe to drink.


An alternative method of purification for residents that do not have gas or electricity available is to use fresh liquid household bleach (Clorox, Purex, etc.). To do so, add eight drops (or 1/4 teaspoon) of bleach per gallon of clear water or 16 drops (1/2 teaspoon) per gallon of cloudy water, mix thoroughly, and allow to stand 30 minutes before using.


A chlorine-like taste and odor will result from this purification procedure and is an indication that adequate disinfection has taken place.


Water purification tablets may also be used by following the manufacturers’ instructions.


Emergency water treatment and testing are being conducted by Special Districts staff and an independent laboratory to resolve this water quality emergency.


Special Districts will notify residents as soon as the water is safe to drink.


For more information call Lake County Special Districts, 707-263-0119.


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