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County irrigation says drinking water is safe

Andy Bourelle

The El Dorado Irrigation District thinks residents are being unduly alarmed by a recent order by California health officials.

“Basically, the water people are drinking today is the same water they’ve been drinking for years and years,” said Bill Heatland, general manager of the irrigation district.

He said the district monitors its reservoirs five times a week and has found no contamination problems.



Heatland said he takes the matter seriously but said the order is creating somewhat of a “sensationalist-kind of story” out of something the district has been planning.

“This is just an irrigation district trying to come into the 21st century,” he said.



The district serves 28,000 customers, about 80,000 people, from El Dorado Hills to Apple Hill and Pollock Pines. It has 24 reservoirs, 12 of which are used and not covered with concrete or in steel containers. The district must upgrade those 12 reservoirs within the next four years.

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