This week has been exceptionally challenging for our community as the region has battled many severe fires. My deepest condolences go out to all those affected by this disaster, especially those who lost a loved one or a home.
I am pleased to report that our systems are fully operational, and we have been able to increase water production to meet firefighting demands. We continue to provide safe drinking water to cities and water districts in our service area.
As we begin to shift gears from disaster response to recovery, our community faces a long path ahead.
To begin the recovery process the Water Agency, along with our regional partners, have begun to assess the potential ongoing impacts of burned areas to our infrastructure and watersheds. Water Agency Stream Maintenance staff are inspecting the impact of the burn areas on our flood control systems. Cal Fire is assembling a Watershed Emergency Response Team to identify erosion prone areas that could pose a threat to life and property. Other watershed groups are beginning to assemble to identify ways to help the watersheds recover.
During the emergency response I have been deeply moved by the team mentality and community support that I have witnessed, both between Water Agency employees and in our larger community. I am especially thankful for the Water Agency staff who worked long hours coordinating the response and assessing our facilities to ensure water kept flowing to our community and to assist in the firefighting efforts.
And our deepest thanks to the emergency response crews – the real heroes battling these fires.
Water Agency Interim General Manager