Residents of Turlock noticed a lot of water in the storm basin at Summerfaire Park despite the fact California is in a drought and many recent water conservation restrictions are being imposed and enforced.
“What's up with the park off Fulkerth and Soderquist,” asked one of TurlockCityNews.com’s readers on Facebook. “It's filled with water. Looks like all the water we have saved on our lawns was thrown away.”
The City states the reason is for protecting its citizens and also clarifies that the water is not being thrown away.
The City of Turlock Municipal Service Department has sent out a press release stating, “A municipal water supply well located at the intersection of North Berkeley Avenue and Alex Way does not currently meet drinking water standards and has been taken out of service to protect public health.”
The City is working with the State Division of Drinking Water to ensure that the well meets all applicable drinking water standards before it is placed back into service.
“Unfortunately, the well must be repeatedly flushed to eliminate coliform bacteria and to reduce the level of nitrates in the water.”
“The well is being flushed to comply with State and Federal drinking water quality standards. Nevertheless, the water is not being wasted as it is being put to beneficial use elsewhere in the City,” according to the press release.
The City’s statements explain that all of the water flushed from the unsatisfactory well goes to the pond located within Donnelly Park. The well supply is said to be improving the quality of the water in the pond and also for landscape irrigation.
Water seen at Summerfaire Park will be used for landscape irrigation.
The Turlock Irrigation District may also use the water for the purpose of agricultural irrigation.
The City maintains the position that the water is not being wasted and that it does not increase overall city water consumption as it is replacing other water supplies. Also, because the water is not discharged into the drinking water system, it does not impact the City’s ability to comply with State water use reduction mandates.
And even though California is in a drought, the City says that its first priority is to protect human health.