Failure to follow this advisory could result in stomach or intestinal illness.
Due to the recent event low voltage power event which occurred on Friday, May 18, 2018 and subsequent pump failure on Saturday, May 19, 2018, the State Water Resources Control Board, Division of Drinking Water in conjunction with the Sierra County Health Department, and Sierra Brooks Water System are advising residents of Sierra Brooks to use boiled tap water or bottled water for drinking and cooking purposes as a safety precaution.
DO NOT DRINK THE WATER WITHOUT BOILING IT FIRST. Bring all water to a boil, let it boil for one (1) minute, and let it cool before using, or use bottled water. Boiled or bottled water should be used for drinking and food preparation until further notice. Boiling kills bacteria and other organisms in the water.
Optional alternative to include for prolonged situations where it fits.
An alternative method of disinfection for residents that are not able to boil their water is to use fresh, unscented, liquid household bleach. To do so, add 8 drops (or 1/8 teaspoon) of bleach per gallon of clear water or 16 drops (or 1/4 teaspoon) per gallon of cloudy water, mix thoroughly, and allow it to stand for 30 minutes before using. A chlorine-like taste and odor will result from this disinfection procedure and is an indication that adequate disinfection has taken place.
Water disinfection tablets may also be used by following the manufacturer’s instructions.
We will inform you when tests show that water is safe to drink and you no longer need to boil your water. We anticipate resolving the problem by Friday, May 25, 2018.
For more information call:
Water Utility contact: Water System Manager Tim Beals 530-289-3201 (Sierra County Department of Public Works) or 530-862-1377 (Home)
State Water Resources Control Board – Drinking Water Field Operations Branch- District Office at 530-224-4800.
Local Environmental Health Jurisdiction: 530-993-6700.
Please share this information with all the other people who drink this water, especially those who may not have received this notice directly (for example, people in apartments, nursing homes, schools, and businesses). You can do this by posting this notice in a public place or distributing copies by hand or mail.