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At this time, ACWD is not operating any facilities in Alameda Creek. The current low flow conditions in the creek are a result of natural conditions.During dry years like this one, it is natural to see low water levels in local streams, ponds and lakes.
ACWD understands and shares the public’s concerns expressed about the fate of the fish in the ponds and creek beds as they dry due to weather conditions. The District has been in contact with local fisheries biologists and the Department of Fish and Wildlife about this issue. Because the impacted fish are an invasive, non-native species not protected by the Fish and Game Code, the fish will not be relocated.
Ongoing monitoring of the ponds and creek beds will continue in response to natural weather conditions.
ACWD will begin the process of developing a climate change adaption plan in the coming years, and will include actions such as targeting conservation measures to reduce hot-weather water demands and developing alternative operational plans for existing facilities to accommodate changing weather patterns and, most critically, sea-level rise.
ACWD seeks to adapt to climate change and provide reliable water in the future, while optimizing operations and containing costs today.
Urban Water Management Plan - Chapter 3
2. Monitoring for total trihalomethanes at representative locations throughout the distribution system as required by State and federal regulations.
3. Reviewing the latest regulations and health effects information, and employing improved treatment strategies to ensure that facilities are operated to further limit the formation of chlorination byproducts.
• Contact with the feces of infected persons (e.g., changing diapers).
• Contact with the feces of infected animals (e.g., pets and farm animals).
• Hand-to-mouth transfer of Crypto from surfaces or objects that may have gotten infected feces on them (e.g., diaper changing tables, garden soil, bathrooms).
• Swallowing water with Crypto in it while swimming. • Drinking water with Crypto in it. • Eating raw or undercooked food that has Crypto in it.
• Know the source of your water: (a) Do not drink or swallow water directly from rivers, lakes, streams, pools or spas; and (b) If you travel outside the United States, you may want to avoid drinking water that has not been boiled or filtered for Crypto.
• If you are immune-compromised, you should consider additional protective steps such as boiling your drinking water for one minute, which will kill any Crypto in it. You could also use a water filter certified by NSF International to remove Crypto or drink only bottled water certified by NSF or drink only canned and bottled bubbly drinks. You can call NSF to learn more about water filters and bottled water at 1-800-673-8010.
The property owner is generally responsible for all pipes and plumbing on the "customer side" of the water meter. This includes the interior plumbing of the home, the outside irrigation system, and the area where the property's water system connects to the water meter.
Since water meters are mechanical devices, their accuracy decreases over time which means a corresponding loss of potential revenue. To gain additional accuracy, however, would mean replacing the meters at additional cost.
How old does a meter have to be before it makes economical sense to replace it? To answer this question, the District used statistical sampling methods to determine meter accuracies over time. An economical analysis was then performed to determine an optimal replacement age. Together with operational factors, the optimum age at which to replace plastic meters in the District was found to be approximately 15 years old.
2. If the water does not clear after a few minutes, wait another hour and repeat the process until the water is clear at the outside front hose faucet.
3.Flush the cold water faucets throughout the house. Start by flushing the cold water faucet in the bathtub. If you are concerned about wasting water, water the backyard from the backyard hose bib for several minutes or until the water clears.
4. After the tub or backyard faucet runs clear, flush all of the other cold water household faucets; starting from the front of the house (nearest the street), then the rest of the cold water faucets within the home.
5. If necessary, remove faucet aerators and clear any particles and then reinstall them.If the water still fails to clear, contact ACWD at (510) 668-6500.
Disinfecting the drain will remove the bacteria in the drain that are causing these foul odors.
Caution: do not mix any drain cleaners or detergents with bleach; certain combinations can create toxic fumes.
1. Run the cold water for about 15 seconds into the drain that is to be disinfected, then turn the water off.
2. Pour approximately one to two cups of liquid chlorine bleach (laundry bleach) down the drain. Pour the bleach slowly around the edges of the drain so that it runs down the sides of the drain. Be careful: bleach may cause eye damage, skin irritation, and may damage clothing.
3. If the odor is coming from a sink with a garbage disposal, turn the disposal on for a few seconds while the bleach is being poured. This will disperse the bleach around the inside of the disposal. Caution: take care to avoid splashing for the few seconds the disposal is turned on. Bleach may cause eye damage, skin irritation, and may damage clothing.
4. Allow the bleach to remain undisturbed in the drain for about 10 minutes. Caution: prolonged contact with metals may cause pitting and/or discoloration.
5. After 10 minutes, run hot water into the drain for a minute or two to flush out the bleach. If a garbage disposal was disinfected, thoroughly flush it as well.
6. Repeat this procedure if the odor returns.
Heat disinfection is used to eliminate the bacteria. It involves draining the water heater, maximizing the temperature in the water heater, and then draining the water heater again. If you do not feel comfortable doing this work yourself, hire a licensed plumber to do it for you.
1. Select a time to drain the water heater. We recommend an evening since this will minimize the impact your typical use of hot water.
2. Turn the thermostat on the heater off so that only the pilot light remains on. If the heater is drained while the heating flame is on, the heater may be damaged.
3. Turn off the water supply to the water heater. There may be a valve to do this right at the inlet to the water heater, or the water supply to the entire property may need to be shut off at the house valve.
4. Open one or more hot water faucets inside the house. This allows air to enter the heater as the water drains out in step 6.
5. Attach a garden hose to the draincock located at the bottom of the water heater. The draincock usually looks like a regular hose bib (garden faucet) or a round dial with a threaded hole in the middle.
6. Extend the garden hose to a place where the water can be disposed of (e.g. a drain, the driveway, etc.).
7. Open the draincock and allow all of the water to drain out of the water heater. This can take anywhere from five minutes to half an hour or more depending on the capacity of the heater and the size of the draincock. Caution: the draining water will be very hot. Also note that if the draincock is made of plastic and the water heater is several years old, it may be difficult to open and may break easily if forced.
8. When the water heater is empty, close the draincock and remove the garden hose.
9. Turn the water supply to the water heater back on. Leave the hot water faucet(s) inside the house turned on. This will allow the air in the water heater to escape as it refills with water. There will likely be "hissing" sounds and/or "spitting and sputtering" as air and water begin coming out of the hot water faucets. When the water flow from the faucet(s) returns to normal, shut them off.
10. That night (before going to bed), turn the thermostat for the water heater to its highest temperature setting for one night. Caution: make sure everyone who uses the water is aware that the hot water is going to be hotter than usual.
11. The next morning, turn the thermostat on the heater off so that only the pilot light remains on. If the heater is drained while the heating flame is on, the heater may be damaged.
12. Drain and refill the water heater by repeating steps 2 through 8.
13. Return the thermostat on the water heater to the normal setting (usually around 130°F).
If you do not feel comfortable doing this work yourself, hire a licensed plumber to do it for you.
1. Do not shut off the gas or the water supply to the heater.
2. Attach a garden hose to the draincock located at the bottom of the heater. The draincock usually looks like a regular hose bib (garden faucet) or a round dial with a threaded hole in the middle.
3. Extend the garden hose to a place where the water can safely exit the heater (e.g. a drain, a driveway, etc.).
4. Open the draincock to allow the water to exit the heater. Caution: the water leaving the heater will be hot and under normal household water pressure. Also note that if the draincock is made of plastic and the heater is several years old, it may be difficult to open and may break easily if forced.
5. After five minutes of flushing, fill a bucket with the still flushing water.
6. Allow the water in the bucket to stand undisturbed for a minute and see if the water has cleared or if any sand-like material settles to the bottom. If the water has cleared and no sand-like material is observed, go on to step 7. If the water is discolored and/or sand-like material is observed at the bottom of the bucket, repeat steps 5 and 6 until the water is completely clear and free of sediment.
7. Close the draincock and remove the garden hose.
How do I contact ACWD if I have a question about or a problem with my drinking water? You can call us at (510) 668-6500.
To learn more about the main cleaning program, please visit: www.acwd.org/maincleaning.
To learn more about the main cleaning program, please visit: www.acwd.org/maincleaning.
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CheckFree was founded by Peter J. Kight in 1981 in Columbus, Ohio. The company is now headquartered in Atlanta, GA with offices in the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom.
Local, state, and national health organizations emphasize the benefits of fluoridation for community prevention of tooth decay and maintain that fluoride poses no health threat. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention proclaimed fluoridation to be one of the top ten greatest public health achievements of the 20th century.
Senate Bill 96, passed in 2004, further reinforced community water fluoridation as a statewide public health priority and preempted local regulations.
ACWD delivers water to over 80,000 service connections and is required to fluoridate in order to stay compliant.
The most effective whole house filtration method for removing fluoride is reverse osmosis which has up to 80-90% efficiency. Water distillation systems remove up to 100% of fluoride, and bottled water does not generally contain fluoride.
The following products or procedures will NOT remove fluoride: - Activated carbon filters- Water softeners- Boiling water - concentrates fluoride rather than reduces it. - Refrigerating or freezing water - has no effect on the concentration of fluoride in the water
ACWD customers currently receive water that is well below the Chromium-6 MCL of 10 ppb.
The California Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA) established a non-enforceable public health goal (PHG) of 0.02 ppb for Chromium-6 in July 2011. Though the DDW considered the PHG while developing the current MCL, the determination of the MCL must consider not only public health concerns but also the practical feasibility and cost of treatment.
ACWD will continue to monitor for Chromium-6 to ensure our customers receive water that is below all regulatory requirements.