Mountain House, South San Joaquin Irrigation District Reach Deal

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MOUNTAIN HOUSE --

Water will continue to flow to Mountain House. The South San Joaquin Irrigation District and Mountain House officials hammered out the details in a new agreement reached Tuesday afternoon.

The irrigation district said it will provide the unincorporated community its water, hours after the state asked Mountain House's sole water source to stop service.

The water at Mountain House's recirculating fountain is strong.

A relief to kids escaping the San Joaquin County heat and the 15,000 residents that were unsure where their water would come from.

"I know this has been a trying time for our community,” said Angel Lamb, the communications coordinator for Mountain House Community Services District.

Lamb said a newly minted deal with the South San Joaquin Irrigation District and Mountain House ensures the community will not be dry.

"They have approved the purchase of the water," Lamb said.

Just 24 hours earlier, some residents worried as the State Water Resources Control Board cut off senior water rights to the Byron Bethany Irrigation District, Mountain House's sole water provider.

“I’m a homeowner here as well, so I honestly was never worried that our taps were going to be turned off,” Lamb said.

Threats of heavy fines loomed as Mountain House officials said they would continue to bring water in despite Tuesday's midnight deadline.

In an email to FOX40, the state claimed they "don't plan to fine or block any attempts to get necessary water.”

"Water is going to continue to flow in Mountain House. We’re still asking our residents to conserve as they have been,” Lamb said.

While the water flow is steady, the conservation efforts for the state's fourth year of drought remain.

Residents have been asked to cut outdoor watering days to twice weekly.

The details of the deal are still being worked out, including how much it will cost Mountain House to get their water from the South San Joaquin Irrigation District.

Lamb said their community is also working to secure a second source of water to prevent this kind of stress in the future.

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