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Water restored to some San Lorenzo Valley homes, but Do Not Drink-Do Not Boil advisories remain

Cal Am customers will see water bills go up


UPDATE 9/3/202012:30 p.m. The San Lorenzo Valley Water District said that it has restored water service in Boulder Creek, but 354 homes are still without water, mainly in the Big Basin Way/West Park Avenue.

Nearly 3,200 homes are still under a Do Not Drink-Do Not Boil Advisory.

The district said it has bottled water at its operations building at 13057 Highway 9 in Boulder Creek and has delivered water to some customers.

The district is holding a meeting to discuss the water system and water quality at 3 p.m.

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PREVIOUS STORY: The San Lorenzo Valley Water District said it has restored water to 96 connections in Riverside Grove and 22 homes in the Featherston area, but Do Not-Drink-Do Not Boil advisories are still in effect.

The advisories also apply to areas north of the Highway 9 and Alba Road intersection in Ben Lomond.

See the notice here for a map of the affected areas.

The district said it is working with the State Water Resources Control Board to sample and test for potential contaminants in the water system. So far, they have received results for four of the 31 samples being analyzed and more are expected this week.

One of the samples with results was from the area under the advisory, and the district said the result is encouraging, but not enough to draw any conclusions.

The district said it has delivered water to affected areas, and cases of water will be available at the Operations Building on Highway 9 on Boulder Creek when it reopens and at Highlands Park on Highway 9 in Ben Lomond. There will be a two-case limit per day.

Environmental staff are also meeting with the County of Santa Cruz, Cal Fire's Watershed Emergency Response Team and its forester to tour properties around Ben Lomond Mountain and the pipeline to assess damage. The district said it will use the assessments to develop a restoration plan and help to prioritize areas for erosion control.

The district said late fees are suspended at lest through September, and the best way to pay your bill is online. Payment processing has been delayed, but they hope to have checks processed by next week.

To confirm whether your home is in an advisory area, you can email with your address or call 831-338-2153.

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