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Why is chloride our problem?

Posted: July 28, 2013 2:00 a.m.
Updated: July 28, 2013 2:00 a.m.

Regarding the chloride situation: Why do we in the Santa Clarita Valley have to "fix" the problem so the salt won’t go downstream to the farmers in Ventura?

Residents in Piru, Fillmore and Santa Paula are still using water softeners in their homes. They have no ban on them. Their water also goes to the farms and fields in Ventura.

We had new pipes put in a few years back, and our water is worse now then when we moved here in 1976.

Our showers have white streaks built up on them two days after we clean them (which is no easy task). We rinse and wipe down after each use and it’s again white streaks in the shower.

Let’s clean up what comes into our homes, not as we flush it! Let us have our softeners back if we are going to clean up what we flush.

I will not mind paying a fee each year for that service.

Editor’s note: About six years ago the state Office of Enforcement, which reports to the California Water Resources Control Board, began aggressive pursuit of water polluters. Residents of Fillmore alone were hit with $243,000 in fines. Because of the fines or threat of fines, Santa Paula, Fillmore, Piru and Ojai all established water purification projects at great cost. Plants in Santa Paula, Fillmore and Piru all started purifying water along the Santa Clara River by 2010. For more details, see


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