May 28, 2020

California Community Has Clean Tap Water After Five Years

Seville, California has clean tap water for the first time in almost five years. 

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The Community of Seville, California has clean tap water for the first time in almost five years. 

The County of Tulare led a project to create a replacement water system and potable water is available throughout the community, reported the Valley Voice. Since May 15, 2020, the Water Board rescinded the boil water notice.

“We are excited to have been part of the team bringing a clean, safe, reliable water system to Seville and we look forward to transitioning it over to the newly created Yettem-Seville CSD,” said Reed Schenke, director, Tulare County Resource Management Agency. “This ensures the residents and users of the infrastructure can own and maintain the system with local control and interest. We want to thank all of the partners, sponsors, and community members who have been part of this project.”

This new water system is the first phase in the county’s plan to improve water quality and quantity in Yettem and Seville. The County of Tulare is working with the Community Service District (CSD) and other community stakeholders for the project, added the Valley Voice. A grant application to construct the second phase of the project is in the process. This will add a new well in Yettem and connect both water systems along Avenue 384, and the second phase of construction is expected in 2021 or 2022, according to the County. 

The County of Tulare is working with Yettem-Seville Community Services District (CSD) to transfer ownership and control of the new system and the County’s water system in Yettem, to the CSD, according to the Valley Voice. 

The County is also partnering with Proteus, Inc. for the installation of efficient showerheads, faucet aerators and high-efficiency clothes washers in homes throughout Tulare and neighboring counties, according to the County’s website. 

Proteus’ Water Savings Program, which grant-funded through the State of California Department of Water Resources (DWR), has awarded Proteus with up to $6 million in grant funding. This will assist economically disadvantaged communities in Tulare and other counties to improve water and energy conservation. 

Seville’s replacement water system construction was funded by a grant from the State Water Resources Control Board and the connections were funded by Self-Help Enterprises and Community Services Employment Training (CSET), according to the Valley Voice. The project is designed by Provost and Pritchard Consulting Group and the general contractor is Brough Construction, Inc.

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