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Lamont Public Utility District's water treatment plant, which is able to treat the water for 1,2,3-TCP contamination.

Miguel Sanchez has lived in Lamont, a small town in Kern County for over 40 years. Lamont is approximately 4.6 square miles, but only .65% of that land is water. 

“As a business man in Lamont, this community has been great to me and other businesses,” Miguel said. Miguel has served in many Lamont community organizations, including the Lamont Public Utility District, the Lamont School District, Lamont Parks & Recreation, Lamon Storm Water Districts, and the Local Chamber. “I really enjoy our community members, they are wonderful. I would like to help our community grow more,” he says. Miguel says that Lamont is too small to be an officially independent city, and thus Lamont has to adhere to local supervisors for major decisions instead of relying on local community members, who are the people actually impacted.

Miguel thinks that Lamont should invest in new water infrastructure. “Our infrastructure is old and so are our wells; in being proactive I’d like our community to have the existing infrastructure replaced.” He would also like safe water filters installed on taps to help remove pollutants. “I like the filters installed throughout the community and would like to continue programs such as those and help secure funds to maintain them,” he said.

Some of these goals are currently in progress. Lamont recently received a grant to construct a new well. Construction was completed in spring 2016 and this new well has allowed Lamont to come back into compliance after dealing with ongoing arsenic contamination. Additionally, Lamont is one of the first communities to settle a lawsuit and use the funds to install a treatment plant for the cancer-causing pesticide byproduct 1,2,3-Trichloropropane (TCP).

Last updated May 4, 2018