By MIKE MORRIS
About 700 Copperopolis residents will be without water Thursday, Feb. 5, while Calaveras County Water District maintenance workers replace an aging water valve.
The 30-year-old valve which reduces water pressure before the water goes into customers' homes will be replaced for about $35,000.
Within the past five years, the Lake Shore Drive valve has failed, and replacing it should prevent future problems, said Steve Collins, CCWD's assistant operations and maintenance superintendent.
All Poker Flat, Conner Estates, Calypso Beach and Peninsula Estates residents will be without water from about 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. a week from tomorrow.
CCWD officials advise customers without water to stop any non-essential water use after 9 a.m. This includes showering and washing clothes and dishes, and all outside watering.
When the water is restored, if it looks cloudy or dirty, residents shouldn't drink it, officials said. Instead, they should flush the hot and cold water lines until the water appears clear and the water quality returns to normal.
Collins said the use of a personal water filter does not guarantee the water is safe after an outage. However, he doesn't anticipate any problems with water quality once it's turned back on.
The California Department of Health Services is advising CCWD, as it typically does, to increase chlorine amounts in the outage area, so residents shouldn't be alarmed if they experience higher than usual chlorine concentrations in the water supply, Collins said.
The department has also suggested that CCWD increase its monitoring of bacteria in the outage area's distribution system. Samples will be collected to confirm the water is safe, and residents will be informed if there's a problem.
CCWD officials recommend residents discuss the water outage with all family members so everyone is aware of what they should and shouldn't do while the water is off.
Call CCWD at 754-3543 with any questions.