Article courtesy of Gene Haagenson | July 23, 2015 | abc30 | Shared as educational material
Berg said, “We’re shutting the potable water supplies off, in terms of food preparation, water fountains and those type of things. And we are providing water fountains, bottled water delivery fountains.”
The West High Campus and the nearby West Arts Center will have bottled water when the school year starts. Berg says the district is looking for a permanent solution.
Berg explained, “We have a contract now to drill a 700 foot well which is substantially deeper than we’ve traditionally done.”
But if the well doesn’t find clean water, then the district may try to hook up to the city water supplies in Fresno or Kerman. The State Water Resources Control Board will help with the financing. The agency has given the district until the end of August to come up with a plan.
The agency told Action News that so far: “Central Unified has been extremely responsive to our compliance order.”
But they acknowledge it could take 2 to 5 years to fix the problem. The source of the Chromium is believed to be naturally occurring in the Kerman area, but perhaps made more concentrated because of the drought.