Water haulers offered temporary solution

Water haulers offered temporary solutionBy BRIAN COSNER, News Review Staff Writer

More than a dozen water haulers turned up at the last Indian Wells Valley Water District meeting with concerns regarding the temporary closure of their water hauling station. The closure would have required them to brave freeway speeds while crossing South China Lake Boulevard with their water trucks and hauling trailers.

But during a special workshop meeting last week, the district agreed to open up a hydrant near the Ridgecrest Heights tank for haulers to access temporarily. The suggestion to use the hydrant as a temporary solution was originally brought up at the district’s Jan. 14 meeting.

According to IWVWD General Manager Don Zdeba, the district sent out a letter to each of the haulers with a disclaimer that the hydrant produces non-potable water that is not intended for drinking use. Previous speakers on the issue mentioned that most haulers filter their water or drink bottled water regardless.

“Potable water is still available to them if they wish to use the Sunland site,” said Zdeba. “Both will be available.”

The Ridgecrest Heights station is temporarily closed to install new metering equipment. Currently, haulers pay a flat rate to the district regardless of how much water they draw from the station.

Water District Operations Manager Jason Lillion added that the station needs “continuous work,” and a slow-closing valve frequently results in water waste.

The new equipment will track how much water is drawn and haulers will be charged accordingly. Haulers will also be able to key in exactly how much water they want to draw. According to CFO Tyrell Staheli, the district anticipates to have the new system up and running sometime in March.

Story First Published: 2019-02-01