(NAPA, California) Napa County’s Emergency Services Manager, Kerry John Whitney and Public Health Officer, Dr. Karen Smith, have declared a local emergency for customers served by the Lake Berryessa Resort Improvement District. The Lake Berryessa Resort Improvement District serves the residents of the Berryessa Estates located north of Lake Berryessa.
Effective immediately, District customers are subject to mandatory water conservation measures and are restricted to no more than 50 gallons of water per person, per day. The order only affects residents of Phase 2 of the Berryessa Estates development. No other areas of the County are impacted. County and District staff continue to apprise State officials and residents of the situation and changing conditions.
“The health and safety of the residents of Berryessa Estates is the highest priority. We appreciate the cooperation of the residents and are committed to seeking proactive solutions to maintain clean, reliable drinking water for District customers,” says Leanne Link, Assistant County Executive Officer.
As a result of severe drought conditions experienced throughout the State of California, the water level in Putah Creek, the raw water supply for the District, has dropped below the level of the intake pump. The pump is unable to transport water to the District’s plant for treatment and distribution to the 165 connections in Phase 2 of the Berryessa Estates development. District staff is working to identify both short-term and long-term solutions to continue to provide clean, potable water. Declaration of a local emergency enables the District to take immediate measures to mitigate the situation and may allow access to emergency resources.
The County will host a public meeting for residents on Friday, August 8, 2014 at 6:00 PM at the Pope Valley Farm Center, 5700 Chiles Pope Valley Road in Pope Valley.
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