Cloudy water not a concern

Utilities officials say system maintenance will last through Feb.

Water customers in the East Bay, South Bay, the Peninsula, and in San Francisco may see some temporary cloudiness in their drinking water for the next couple of months, a San Francisco Public Utilities Commission spokeswoman said last week.

Beginning Dec. 28, some SFPUC customers may see tap water that appears cloudy or milky-white in color but is nevertheless perfectly safe to drink, spokeswoman Maureen Barry said.

The change in the water is due to tiny air bubbles caused when an increased rate of flow from the agency's Sunol Valley Water Treatment Plant allows air to be mixed into the water.

If the water is allowed to stand for a few minutes, the cloudiness will dissipate as the air bubbles rise to the surface and break apart.

Due to maintenance on the regional water system, SFPUC customers are receiving water from local reservoirs in the East Bay and Peninsula, not from the normal source: the Hetch Hetchy Reservoir in the Sierra Nevada.

The cloudiness is expected to dissipate when Hetch Hetchy supplies reach the Bay Area again after the completion of the work, which is scheduled to finish around Feb. 20.

Customers in Alameda and Santa Clara counties are most likely to see the cloudiness, according to Barry. As the water works its way through the system, up the Peninsula and into San Francisco, the air bubbles will not be as apparent, she said.

The SFPUC is emphasizing that the cloudy water is "nothing to cause concern," Barry said.

The water continues to meet all state and federal regulatory requirements for water quality.

She said the same thing has happened in recent years, and although the agency did not receive many calls about the cloudy water last year, "it could happen, so we didn't want to alarm anyone if it does over the holidays."


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on Dec 28, 2009 at 6:43 pm

Concerning day worker center article they stop the comments due to negative responses. This is America it's our civil right to voice our opinion, not to be shut down because some bleeding heart liberal fool does not like the negative comment.

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Posted by Don Frances
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on Jan 5, 2010 at 12:53 pm

Don Frances is a registered user.

I've said this many times before but it's worth repeating: A privately run Web site can moderate its discussion as the operators see fit.

"Mr. DePortum": you are free to voice any opinion you like -- somewhere else. Your civil rights are still intact. If you feel you have something to say, start a blog. If you feel the need to voice your opinion on this particular Web site, you must adhere to our Terms of Use (Web Link).

As for your opinion about illegal immigrants, I think it's been pretty thoroughly expressed already, don't you?

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Posted by Alan R
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on Jan 11, 2010 at 11:34 am

The day worker center is awesome! Mountain View needs more of them, and larger ones.

The editor is correct in that they can censor whatever they want. It is not a violation of your civil rights.

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