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Cloudy water troubles SCV residents; officials say it’s safe

Posted: April 11, 2016 1:42 p.m.
Updated: April 11, 2016 1:42 p.m.
A still image of cloudy water taken from a video provided by Newhall resident Ray Smith. A still image of cloudy water taken from a video provided by Newhall resident Ray Smith.
A still image of cloudy water taken from a video provided by Newhall resident Ray Smith.
A still image of cloudy water taken from a video provided by Newhall resident Ray Smith. A still image of cloudy water taken from a video provided by Newhall resident Ray Smith.
A still image of cloudy water taken from a video provided by Newhall resident Ray Smith.
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Cloudy or milky water has been coming from the taps of some Santa Clarita Valley residents during the past week, according to two homeowners and a spate of social media posters.

“It looked like milk coming out of my tap,” said Newhall resident Ray Smith, who lives near Lyons Avenue and Interstate 5.

Smith, who said she gets her water from the Santa Clarita Water Division, first noticed the cloudy water last Tuesday, a day after repairs were to begin at Castaic Lake by crews representing both the state and Los Angeles County. Access to Castaic Lake water was shut down for a week during those repairs.

 

Residents are reporting cloudy water in the Santa Clarita area. Water officials say it could be related to local reliance on groundwater during weeklong Castaic Lake pipework.Read more here: http://www.signalscv.com/section/36/article/150957/Video: Santa Clarita Valley resident Ray Smith

Posted by Austin Dave on Monday, April 11, 2016

Keith Abercrombie, Santa Clarita Water Division’s retail manager, said today the Santa Clarita Valley’s sudden increased reliance on groundwater this past week is likely the reason for cloudy water.

“Groundwater can have entrained air in it at times, which manifests itself as milky looking,” he said today. “Entrained” means particles or a gas is drawn into a fluid and transported with it.

“The water will clear up rapidly as the air dissipates. Last week’s shutdown and more reliance on groundwater (is) likely the reason some customers noticed a difference,” he said.

The water is absolutely safe to drink, Abercrombie and officials at the Castaic Lake Water Agency said. Access to Castaic Lake water was to resume Tuesday this week, but agency General Manager Matt Stone said today that state and county repairs were completed and the agency resumed its normal draw of water from the lake today.

Residents can resume watering their lawns Tuesday, he said.

Meanwhile, Smith said she did brush her teeth using milky tap water a week ago, noting it was tasteless and odorless.

“But I did not brush my teeth with it this morning because it wasn’t clearing,” she said today.

Throughout the week, Smith let a glass of murky tap water sit until it settled. But by today, it was just too cloudy and did not appear to settle, she said, adding: “It looks really bad.”

Erin Schoenfeld, a Plum Canyon resident who also said she’s a Santa Clarita Water Division customer, reported getting cloudy tap water today.

“I turned on my tap and it was super cloudy and this was from the tap upstairs,” she said. “Downstairs (taps), the water was also cloudy but it settled.”

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