Water Availability an Issue in Napa Quake Aftermath

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Many residents in Napa still had no water in their homes Monday morning, due to nearly 100 water leaks and main breaks in the area.

In a press conference Monday, City of Napa Public Works Director Jack Larochelle addressed the public about water updates.

He said on Sunday, there were several crews working on 60 leaks. By Monday, there were more than ten crews working to fix around 90 leaks.

One of the water main breaks was near the corner of Franklin and Oak Streets in Downtown Historical Napa.

Nearby resident Lynn Champlain said she had to hold off on showering and washing the dishes because she had no access to running water in her home.

However, she said help came immediately.

"The next thing I knew, the trucks had pulled up, and they started working on our water now," Champlain said.

Many residents showed concerns about several areas in the city that had water spewing out from the ground. The city said this was intentional. Had the city shut off the water, city workers said even more residents would have no access to water.

In the mean time, Larochelle urged residents to do the following:

1. Go to the two designated emergency water fill stations
Location 1: Pearl Street in Downtown
Location 2: Linda Vista Drive in North Napa

2. When drinking and cooking with water, boil for at least one minute.

3. Buy bottled water.

Harbans Singh's A-1 Food Store on Coombs Street was one of the few stores open just after Sunday's earthquake. Among the rubble of destroyed merchandise, customers have been crawling inside the refrigerator to take the last few bottles of water.

He said he felt extremely lucky that there was no structural damage to the store, which is why he said he is paying it forward.

"Some people come in, and they don't have enough money, so I give them a bottle of water, and some chips for the kids," Singh said. "I just tell them, 'Hey, take one more chips or one more bottle of water.' We have to help each other."

City officials said by water should be stabilized by Monday evening, and hope everyone has their water turned on soon.

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