After a planned overnight shutdown that was part of CCWD’s $5.4 million Reach 3A Pipeline Replacement Project, water service was restored to the town of Arnold by 3 a.m. this morning – four hours ahead of schedule.
Discolored water alert: Customers in Arnold should keep an eye out for discolored water today. Due to State-mandated restrictions brought on by the drought, the District has been unable to flush lines in the Arnold area regularly since 2014. Over the years, minerals have built up on the inside of the pipes. When construction crews perform turn main water lines off and back on again, the velocity of the water can increase significantly and it can scour the inside of the pipes, which can cause the mineral buildup to dislodge from the pipe and cause water to become discolored. However, it’s important to remember that even if the water is discolored, it is completely safe to drink and poses no health risk. If customers experience discolored water and would like to flush their personal plumbing systems to remove the discolored water, they can turn on an outside faucet at the lowest point of their properties and let it run until the water turns clear. To avoid wasting water, CCWD encourages customers to capture the flushed water for later use on trees, shrubs or other landscaping.
CCWD crews will do their best to flush the systems on Thursday morning using hydrants to remove discolored water, but it may take some time until the water color returns to normal. Until the water runs clear, the District recommends that customers avoid washing loads of laundry, especially if the clothes are white and bleach is being used.
During last night’s shutdown, CCWD’s contractor (T&S Construction) removed an isolation plate near the Moose Lodge in White Pines and then connected a section of new 12-inch ductile iron pipe to the District’s 3 million gallon Sawmill Tank, which is the primary water supply for Arnold. This work required a full shutdown of the Sawmill Tank, which left the town of Arnold without its primary water supply.
In order to help maintain water pressure in the system, the Blue Lake Springs Mutual Water Co. provided CCWD’s system with supplemental water supply using one of its water supply tanks. This water supply greatly minimized the impacts of water outage for many CCWD customers. The District is grateful to Blue Lake Springs for its assistance in helping to reduce impacts on CCWD customers.
Anyone with questions or concerns about the project may contact Joel Metzger at (209) 754-3123 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.