Water Off and On Again in Los Padres Estates–Boil Water Order Still in Effect

LEBEC, CA (Tuesday, Aug. 30, 2011 at 9 a.m.)—Los Padres Estates resident Peter Mack has provided greater detail about the water outage in the Krista Mutual Water Company district. The newly-restored water service did go down again, he confirms and was brought back into service on Monday afternoon.

Mack writes:
"It was the pump motor that seized up (it wasn’t a new motor). We had the rig out by 9 a.m. [Monday] and the well and motor out by 11 a.m. A brand new motor was delivered. It was put back down and tested by 3:09 p.m. This time [it was] run for a half hour before finally buttoning up. I checked the installation and it was running at 94 amps per leg which is the label value.So it appeared to be right on the mark."

"We had trucks delivering water, so most people had water by about 11 a.m., although not all that much volume until later when the tank got to a higher level."

LEBEC, CA (Monday, Aug. 29, 2011 at 7:22 p.m.)The Mountain Enterprise reached Diane Gustafson at the Krista Mutual Water Company phone number and she directed us to the phone number of water company president Jim Parsons where there was no answer and no message machine available.

Los Padres Estates resident Dennis Phillips confirmed that his water service went off Sunday around 10 a.m. after, he says, a motor in the system went bad. Phillips said Krista Water Company is "the best water company up here" and offered praise for the workers who travelled to Bakersfield on Sunday to find a replacement motor, then had it installed and the water back on by 3 p.m. today, Monday.

Phillips said the boil-water notice which was issued last week is still in force since there has not been a notice issued lifting the order.

Resident Barbara Hughes also confirmed that water service went off Sunday morning and was restored late Monday afternoon. "But even when we boil the water, we can’t get rid of the sediments in the water," she said. Hughes said she is concerned about senior citizens being able to manage during the water shut-offs.

LEBEC, CA (Monday, Aug. 29, 2011 at 6:55 p.m.)–Residents have reported a loss of water service in Los Padres Estates. Reporters are seeking further information. Watch this web page for updates.

This is part of the August 26, 2011 online edition of The Mountain Enterprise.

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