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Seville Has Safe Water!

CS47 Eye-Witness News, 09/02/2014

The water in Seville has had problems for years. At times, it was down to a trickle, coming out of the faucets and it had high levels of nitrates. A crew recently drilled a 300 foot well and flushed the system out. On Friday, the Community Water Center helped hand out notices to people, letting them know the water is safe. In the future, Tulare County plans to replace the 100 year old water system with new infrastructure and link Seville to another small town's system nearby.


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Seville Could Soon Have Safe Drinking Water

ABC30 News, 08/27/2014

SEVILLE, Calif. (KFSN) --A South Valley community that's dealt with water problems for years could soon have safe drinking water again. Workers recently drilled a 300-foot well in Seville, and the most recent tests show the water is safe to drink. Tulare County officials are running another series of tests and should know by Friday -- if residents can safely cook and drink the water out of their faucets. For years Seville suffered high nitrates in their 100-year-old water system. This year, drought conditions gave residents just a trickle or no water at all. Plans are underway to replace all of the underground piping, and ultimately link Seville to nearby Yettem's water system. Watch the video for extended coverage from Action News reporter Jessica Peres.



Seville Residents Get Green Light to Drink Tap Water

KVPR, 09/04/2014

The community of Seville has received good news: its residents can finally drink their tap water. With the help of Tulare County and state emergency funding, the unincorporated community last month drilled a new well for its 500 residents—and tests just confirmed that its water is potable. The community had been struggling for years with high levels of nitrates and leaky pipes. Ryan Jensen with the Community Water Center says water pressure is also a problem: when it’s too low, contaminants can get in.

Jensen: "Over the course of this summer, as the water capacity started declining mostly because of the drought and the drawdown in the water table, the pressure in the system wasn't high enough so they had to start issuing boil water notices all summer long."

Jensen says the community is still hoping for a planning study and construction grant to provide a more long-term solution.

Listen to the original story on KVPR.



Aging Water System Gets New Well in Seville

By Teresa Douglass
Visalia Times-Delta, 

There was a burst of activity in Seville Monday afternoon as the Belknap Pump Company from Dinuba rapidly started to dig a new well about 500 feet from Stone Corral Elementary School.

“They are drilling as far down as they can to hard rock,” said Steve Worthley, Tulare County supervisor. “They’re hoping for at least 300 feet.”

The plan was to drill until nightfall.

A last-minute deal between Tulare County and the State of California Friday will provide the residents of Seville with reliable water, said Eric Coyne, spokesman for Tulare County.

“It was finalized with a handshake and email confirmation,” he said.

For years the small town of fewer than 500 residents has been plagued with contamination issues. Residents have struggled to get affordable access to clean water to bathe and cook. ...

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New Water Well for Seville Residents

By Gene Haagenson
ABC 30 - KFSN-TV Fresno, 

SEVILLE, Calif. (KFSN) -- The Tulare County community of Seville has suffered with water problems for years, and some of the 500 or so residents have been without running water for months. But relief, in the form of a well drilling rig arrived this week.

The drilling brought Albert Martinez out to watch. He, like all of the residents of this small community have been suffering without adequate water. When it's available, it's only a trickle. Albert says taking a shower is an ordeal.

"I tell you, it's hard," said Martinez. "We get a five gallon bucket into the shower and we turn on the faucet and it takes about an hour an hour and a half to full up the bucket."

The situation is especially bad at the town school.

"The one bad thing is the water pressure," said Chris Kemper. "Even though we have water coming in the pressure is not enough for the kids to utilize the bathroom nicely."

School Superintendent Chris Kemper notes that because the water is contaminated with nitrates from fertilizer and septic systems, the children are not allowed to drink it. The private water system that served this community was taken over by the courts. The situation here was so bad an investigator for the United Nations came to Seville three years ago and declared the water was unsafe and inadequate. The state has finally responded with a grant to drill a new well. 

Read more here.

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