July 9, 2013
Tim Dewar, email@example.com
Ojai residents who live north of Grand Avenue, including those in the areas of Del Oro Drive, Fairview Road and Foothill Road are being advised not to use tap water for cooking and drinking until tests can confirm it is safe.
Monday evening, a “construction issue” on Golden State Water Company’s (GSWC) Grand Avenue water main replacement project resulted in a loss of water pressure that lasted into the afternoon Tuesday. As of the Ojai Valley News’ print deadline, GSWC officials had not elaborated on the cause of the incident.
According to GSWC spokesperson Mitch Zak, approximately 25 percent of its Ojai service area was impacted and employees were contacting ratepayers by going door-to-door and by telephone. He said the company will continue to contact ratepayers by phone with updates until the notice is lifted.
The company posted the boil water notice on its website Tuesday. In it, GSWC stated that as a precaution, those impacted should boil water for at least one full minute before drinking or cooking with it.
“This is a precautionary measure to be taken until tests can be run to ensure the water is usable,” the notice said. “The loss of pressure issue is being resolved, and time is needed to process and receive all the test results required to ensure your water is safe to drink.”
The notice went on to say that GSWC would inform customers when the boil water notice is lifted. “We anticipate resolving the problem within 36 hours,” the notice added.
Those with questions can call GSWC at (800) 999-4033 or the California Department of Public Health at 566-1326.