The Arvin Community Service District has issued a boil water notice to its customers due to mechanical failures at two of its three active wells.
The district said the failures have caused a significant drop in water pressure in the district’s water system. While the district’s 4,200 customers can still use water for showering, only boiled tap water or bottled water should be used for drinking and cooking purposes as a safety precaution to avoid potential stomach or intestinal illness.
The district also requests that all customers reduce and/or minimize water use to assist with the water pressure issue.
Arvin’s schools have been affected by the well failures and were released earlier today, according to the district.
District General Manager Raul Barraza, Jr. said that the district has contractors working on both wells and hopes to have one or both wells back online as soon as possible. He expects the notice will last at least a few days.
Once water pressure is restored, Barraza said customers should still continue to boil water until they are officially informed by the district that they no longer need to.
“It is unfortunate that this has occurred at this time as we are only a couple of months away from having two more wells added to our water system, but that with the help of our great community, the district should, hopefully, get through this with minimum problems,” Barraza said.