The Paradise Irrigation District said it will now monitor its free water filling station more closely in the event of a drought.
“We are considering a statewide drought and restrictions on water use, so it is important that PID does everything possible to save water for the future of our community,” said Mickey Rich, deputy district director said in a press release. “We believe that there may be people from outside the district who get the water that is only intended for our customers who need potable water.”
The district says that by taking a closer look at the station which is only open to PID customers, people who go to fetch water are now required to register inside the office, include their address name. service and information about their vehicle.
“We started providing free water to the community of Paradise after the campfire when we didn’t have the resources in place to provide clean drinking water to every household,” said Rich. “With the work done over the past two and a half years, we have restored water to almost every standing house and account that requests it; the community-wide need for the water filling station is not as great as it used to be. We continue to provide the service, but it is potable water for PID customers. The district has programs for certified water carriers or contractors who transport water for use in the town of Paradise; we encourage them to call our office at 877-4971 for more details.
The PID office is open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. to register and use the free water filling station; customers can fill containers of five gallons or less. According to the PID, California State Water Resources Board regulations govern the consequences of illegally transporting water, and illegal acquisition of water during a drought can result in civil liability and fines of up to $ 500 per day.