[Update Wednesday July 20, 2016]
Yesterday representatives from Southern California Edison held a meeting as planned in Exeter to share informaiton on the process that must be followed to file any claim for damages with Edison.
If you are interested in this information, but were unable to attend the meeting, you can obtain the necessary information and forms on the Southern California Edison website using this link:
[Update Friday July 15, 2016]
Southern California Edison will be holding a meeting on Tuesday July 19, 2016 from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at Cassandra's on Pine - 165 E Pine St, Exeter.
The purpose of this meeting is for SCE staff to make themselves available to discuss Edison's claims process with businesses impacted by the recent interruption of water service.
[Update Wednesday July 13, 2016]
STATE AND COUNTY CONFIRM EXETER WATER CLEAN AND SAFE
AFTER ACCIDENTAL WATER MAIN BREAK
The City of Exeter has received official word from the California State Water Resources Control Board and the Tulare County Department of Environmental Health that results have been received from the independent testing laboratory, and it is SAFE TO RESUME ALL NORMAL WATER USES. Results show that no contamination entered the system during the water main break on Monday.
Please help our local business community that was affected by this incident. Give your business to local restaurants and stores who lost business while we waited for approval to resume.
History and Previous Updates:
At approximately 10:00 a.m. on Monday July 11, 2016, the electric utility company was augering a power pole hole on Belmont Avenue south of Visalia Road in Exeter. They struck a major 10-inch water main that carries a substantial amount of water under high pressure.
The City had to shut down the entire water system and allow pressure to bleed out of the system so that the major pipe break could be repaired. The flooding in the immediate area threatened several homes, but City crews brought in multiple pumps and created earthen berms to successfully protect those homes.
As of approximately 4:00 p.m. the pipe repair was completed and City crews began bringing City wells back on line. By the end of the evening, all operational wells and pumps in the City were on line and pressure was restored to the system. As the system filled, some neighbors received pressure and volume before others.
The State of California requires cities to issue a "Boil Water Notice" anytime a major rupture of a water main occurs. Until the water can be thoroughly tested to confirm that no contamination entered the system, you should boil water for cooking and drinking for one full minute. As soon as the State confirms that water samples are all clear (which they say can take 24-48 hours) this practice should be followed. There was no health concern present when the line was broken, but this precaution is required.
The City took multiple water samples from throughout the City last night and early this morning. These samples were hand-delivered to a testing lab in Fresno. As soon as results are obtained the State and County will review and determine when the Boil Water Notice can be lifted. Those actions are outside of the authority of the City. The City also does not regulate water-using businesses like restaurants. Those businesses are directed in these matters by the County and State.
Thank you all for your patience as we work into the night to correct this problem.
The City of Exeter
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More water information:
The City is currently in Stage 3 Water Conservation Restrictions. (Yes we recognize the loss of water caused by the recent water main accident.)
The mandatory regulations include (NOTE: This is just a summary of the main elements - contact the City for a full copy of the Water Conservation Ordinance) :
- All City water customers shall limit outdoor irrigation of ornamental landscapes and turf with potable water to no more than two days per week, and will abide by the following watering restrictions and schedule:
- Watering of current landscaping and turf must be accomplished by use of sprinkler irrigation, a hand-held hose with a positive shut-off nozzle or a hand-held and faucet-filled bucket with, at most, a five gallon capacity.
- Customers whose addresses end with an even number shall water their turf and landscapes on Tuesdays and Saturdays - before 7:00 a.m. and after 8:00 p.m. Customers whose addresses end with an odd number shall water their landscapes on Wednesdays and Sundays - before 7:00 a.m. and after 8:00 p.m.
- There will be no outdoor watering of any kind allowed on Mondays, Thursdays and Fridays.
- Watering of landscaping during or within 48 hours of measurable rain is prohibited.
- Washing of sidewalks, driveways, parking areas, courts, patios, or other paved areas is absolutely prohibited.
- Under Stage 3, washing of cars, trucks, boats, trailers, etc., shall only be allowed upon the premises of commercial car washes.
- The City has been under strict orders from the State of California to reduce water usage by 36%. This is a significant number and requires severe restrictions. For the past several months we have focused on education and have only issued warnings. As of July 1, 2015 citations can be issued, with fines ranging from $100 for a first infraction to $500 for third and subsequent infractions. Lack of knowledge of the restrictions does not relieve you of the responsibility.
- Please check backup batteries in your sprinkler timer. Power outages or timer misadjustments will also not except you from the requirements. You are responsible for your water use.
All City of Exeter residents should have received a mailer which included a copy of the entire ordinance.
If you have any questions regarding the new ordinance, please feel free to contact the Public Works Department at 592-3318.
We don't enjoy having to adopt and enforce such strict provisions, and we definitely appreciate your understanding and cooperation!