Water Contamination in Indio Neighborhood Under Control
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CREATED May. 21, 2013
INDIO - The Indio Water Authority is providing residents in the Boe Del Heights neighborhood with clean water for the time being. Last Thursday, the Boe del Heights Mutual Water Association notified its residents that their water was contaminated.
The Riverside County Health Department found a higher level than normal of perchlorate, an inorganic chemical often used in fireworks and explosives. The lab test showed 7.53 parts per billion compared to the standard level of 6 parts per billion. This chemical is only toxic in long-term consumption according to the health department.
"It's not an acute type of hazard where someone inadvertently sits or gets something in their mouth where it's going to cause any immediate side effects," says Jeff Johnson from the Riverside County Health Department.
The water association says the perchlorate problem first occurred two years ago, but it went away naturally. That is, until last week when the health department tested the water and found the high levels of perchlorate. Now, members of the board say they are applying for grants to join the Indio Water Authority so this problem doesn't come up again.