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YOU ASK. WE INVESTIGATE : Stagnant Water In Whitewater Wash is Safe

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YOU ASK. WE INVESTIGATE : Stagnant Water In Whitewater Wash is Safe

CREATED Oct. 2, 2013

LA QUINTA - The heavy rains in the Valley are over for now, but a puddle of water, about 100 feet wide, remains inside the wash near Jefferson Street and Highway 111.

Some residents are concerned about the standing water, saying it could encourage mosquito breeding especially those carrying the West Nile Virus.

"Those areas are regularly inspected and there's no mosquito breeding going on at this point," reassures the Field Inspector for Urban Mosquito Operations, Rod Chamberlain.

He has worked at the Coachella Valley Mosquito and Vector Control District (CVMVCD) for eight years and says it's unusual for that amount of water to be standing for such a long time, but he affirms it's safe.

"We had a lot of rain from the mountain area that brought a lot of ash and flooding down, even though we didn't get any rain here on the valley floor, so that second flooding is what resulted in the standing water," explains Chamberlain.

He adds that a CVMVCD team tested the water with a helicopter due to how extensive the water was.

"We treated the standing water with a helicopter in mid-September, and of course we have our technicians who there regularly and re-inspect just to make sure that the products are still working," adds Chamberlain, "So those areas are under control."

As far as the remaining water, Chamberlain says it will go away on its own.

"It will evaporate and percolate. It's gone down considerably from a few weeks ago, so my guess is that in a few weeks or three weeks it will be gone assuming we don't have any more rain events," says Chamberlain.

If you have any concerns about mosquito breeding sites, visit CVMVCD or call 760-342-8287.