Water Emergency Update

The water emergency continues. Please continue to conserve. The most effective conservation is to reduce or eliminate irrigation.

Progress on Resolving the Emergency

  • We were unable to pump water from well #5 because of a failure in the electronics that control the electrical supply system.
  • We replaced a suspect circuit board but that did not fix the problem.
  • We have installed a temporary generator to supply power to well #5.
  • We are installing a backup for the failed equipment; this may take a day or more to get functioning.
  • The defective equipment will be returned to the manufacturer for repairs.
  • Our storage tanks began refilling at 5:00 PM on Friday, but this process will take at least 2-3 days.

Our Emergency Water Supply Program has Been Activated

  • This Program authorizes the Board to put well #3 back in service if the water emergency is not resolved.
  • Notices will be posted if and when well #3 is placed in service
  • This well has 22 parts per billion (ppb) of arsenic and was taken out service when the Federal standard was lowered from 50 ppb, which had been in effect for many years, to 10 ppb.
  • If it goes back in service, water from well #3 will be mixed with water from our other two active wells. This will result in an arsenic level of less the 22 ppb, but it will still be above Federal standards.
  • This water can be used for washing dishes, doing laundry, and watering plants.
  • Although the arsenic level will be well below the previous Federal standard, people who are concerned with drinking this water or using it in cooking should
    • Use water from a reverse osmosis system if they have one installed.
    • Consider using bottled water during our water emergency.

We appreciate your patience and your efforts to conserve. We will continue to send updates as our water system is restored to normal conditions.

If you have questions, please call Dennis Szarka at 867-5225.

Gordon Forbes
President, La Mesa Water Coop

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