Residents in the El Margarita Estates neighborhood in the eastern part of Yuba City must decide if they want to hook up to the city’s water supply after a toxic chemical was found in their well water.
The Central Valley Regional Water Quality Control Board tested the well water in anticipation of an effort to hook up homes in the area to the Yuba City water system. Small amounts of perchlorate and 1,2,3-tricholorpropane which has caused cancer in lab animals and is a danger to humans.
Luckily for homeowners who rely on well water, Proposition 84 provides funds to provide clean water to contaminated areas. Yuba City has worked on a grant to pay for five miles of pipe extensions that will bring the neighborhood, a mobile home park and a school within reach of treated water city water.
Some residents like Kourtney Wild said she will likely use a combination of well water for her yard and city water for drinking and cooking. She said her grandmother died of cancer and she now wonders if the water had something to do with her death.