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H By DEMISE SIEBENTHAL Sentinel Staff Writer Despite rumors to the con-trnry. con-trnry. con-trnry. water in the San Lorenzo Valley County Water District is meeting state health standards, an official in the state Department Department of Health Services said. The district's water has met health standards every month since April. 1978. says Bob Witt, senior sanitary engineer for the department. The most recent months that the district's water didn't meet health standards were April and January of 1978. he explains. explains. "The bacteriological reports from the district have been ealth Official Clears Air About SLV County Water good." Witt told The Sentinel. "There is no health danger at the present time," Witt added. Hut. he admitted, he had told some concerned Valley citizens recently that the water system was "marginal" because the district still has unfiltered water." water." "No matter how hard they district personnel) work at it. there still might be a time when it might fail to meet state standards." Witt says. To get its system out of this "marginal" state, Witt says the district needs to filter its water and improve its water treatment treatment system. Unbeknownst to Witt, the district district recently received a $1.5 introducing MARK I CONSTRUCTION If the old grey house just ain't what she used to be, Mark I. can help. Our team of home improvement experts can assist you in converting increased equity to more space and livability. Additions Alterations Kitchen, Bath, Bedrooms- Bedrooms- Design Service Consultation, Preliminary Drawing and estimate - FREE! "The finest of quality from a company you can trust" MARK A. STEWART 423-4296 423-4296 423-4296 million loan that will finance a filtration system and water treatment improvements. District District Manager Ed Steffani reports. reports. This money will pay for a slow sand filter that will be built into Little Con Reservoir and will finance treatment of surface sources (streams), Steffani explains. Witt has nothing but praise for the district's watchful eye over water quality since Steffani Steffani took the job as manager in May. lie points out that since Steffani Steffani has been manager, the district has consistently met the state drinking water standards. standards. "The people who are operating operating that system, starting with the manager, are really working working at their job. trying to keep that system from failing," Witt says. "For example, the district takes some of its water from surface sources. Now, when they know a storm is coming, they go up to the stream sources and shut off the intakes and take water from storage instead." Witt says. This stops drinking water from being polluted when storms wash dirt, oil, grease, etc. from pavement into streams. Another way the system can become polluted is by allowing a section of the system, even temporarily, to run out of water, water, Witt says. If a storage tank, for instance, instance, runs out of water, the pressure in the water pipes decreases. Witt explains. This allows polluted water from the ground to seep into cracks that all water pipes have, he says. When the pressure is up, the mere fact that water is surging through the pipes, keeps any polluted water from forcing its way in. he adds. Witt, from his Berkeley office, office, is in charge of checking monthly water samples from the Vailey for pollution. These samples are taken directly from the pipes that bring water to district customers. If 10 percent or more of the 32 samples taken each month are bad. then the district is notified it isn't meeting state drinking water standards. Witt explained. explained. The district is then obligated to notify its customers immediately, immediately, he adds. Since 1973, Witt says, the district's system has failed several several times nearly every year. "This isn't normal and it's a poor system that fails as this one fails," Witt said. In 1973, it failed to meet state standards in March and October; October; in 1974, it failed in February. February. July and November; in 1975. it failed in August and September: in 1976, it failed in November; in 1977, there were no failures and in 1978, it failed in January and April, Witt reports. reports. In the years the system failed, Witt said, "the personnel personnel weren't watching things like a hawk like they are now. "The failures may have been easier to prevent if the entire operating team was working as hard as the present team is." Nancy Macy, president of the Valley Women's Club, recently contacted Witt with the concern that the district may have poor water quality even while directors directors were considering granting new water meter connections. The district has had a ban on most meter hook ups since March. 1974. Directors presently presently are considering granting 83 connections in areas that Steffani Steffani says can handle more connections. connections. Witt said, when asked if more connections could threaten threaten water quality, "I feel it may be possible to add a certain number of additional connections, connections, but a very limited number." He added he would consider 88 connections "a limited number." "If he (Steffani) says there are connections that can be added without jeopardizing the present water quality, I would believe him and we would watch the system to see if there were any ill effects," Witt said. He explained that just by making sure there is a sufficient sufficient quantity of water for emergency purposes in each area he's recommending con- con- Two SLV Women Chosen To Head Bike-a-Thon Bike-a-Thon Bike-a-Thon Bike-a-Thon Bike-a-Thon Paula Korte of Felton and Margaret Saso of Boulder Creek have been selected chairwoman chairwoman in their areas for the 1979 Wheels for Life Bike-a-thon, Bike-a-thon, Bike-a-thon, Bike-a-thon, Bike-a-thon, a fund-raising fund-raising fund-raising event for St. Jude Children's Research Hospital in Tennessee. The hospital, founded by entertainer entertainer Danny Thomas, is a non-sectarian, non-sectarian, non-sectarian, non-discriminatory non-discriminatory non-discriminatory non-discriminatory research facility that has brought about discoveries discoveries toward curing leukemia and solid tumors. The drive is planned for April. For more information, call (415) 347-1277. 347-1277. 347-1277. nections. Steffani is guarding water quality. 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Clipped from Santa Cruz Sentinel04 Feb 1979, SunPage 29

Santa Cruz Sentinel (Santa Cruz, California)04 Feb 1979, SunPage 29
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