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Residents Advised to Run Water Until 'Clean'

The city has issued a press release advising residents about their water supply in response to a fire hydrant knocked off in North Manhattan Beach.

As of approximately 7:30 a.m. Wednesday, residents and businesses in Manhattan Beach were being advised by city staff to run their tap water until it is "clean" and free of any cloudiness.

City Manager Dave Carmany issued a press release containing the advice after a fire hydrant was knocked off on the corner of Highland Avenue and 45th Street around 6 a.m. Wednesday.

City fire staff, responding to the incident, experience difficulty accessing the shut-off valve and water ran from the area for nearly one hour, said Carmany, causing "significant erosion to the beach and berm" at the bottom of 45th Street.

The water that cascaded down 45th Street did not damage any homes downstream, he said, however, a house on the corner of 45th and Highland "was impacted but no one was home."  Carmany said in the release, "It appears no damage to that home." 

City Water Department crews were on scene as of the time of Carmany's press release and Los Angels County Lifeguards had been notified of the incident.

Kathy Sena January 09, 2013 at 06:54 PM
Something is not right here. I had to learn about this from Patch, which I greatly appreciate. But the city has reverse 911 and could have called all residents to alert them to this. I just checked email and found this notification from Patch. But that was after I drank a big glass of water with breakfast. Can the city provide any info re what exactly the dangers re the water are here?
Diane Wallace January 09, 2013 at 07:39 PM
I agree with Kathy! What happened to the reverse 9-1-1 system? Thankfully, I am CERT-trained and received an email from them. Thanks George!
Liz Spear (Editor) January 09, 2013 at 07:44 PM
Kathy: I've talked to the utilities manager and the water is basically safe. I'll be running an article soon that explains what happened, why and what work has been done.
Travel January 09, 2013 at 08:04 PM
I am on the city's email list. I got the press release at 8:30 a.m. this morning. I also get City Council Agendas and numerous other city information. You can sign up for e-Alerts at this site: http://www.ci.manhattan-beach.ca.us/index.aspx?page=358&subscriberguid=993f0e11-86ea-4f87-8fd9-bf0b5a9e19a2
Kathy Sena January 09, 2013 at 08:08 PM
Liz, you are always ON IT, whatever the story. Thanks for your hard work. I'll look forward to reading that. Diane and "Travel," thanks for mentioning the city's email list. I'll sing up for that. I still think reverse 911 would be appropriated for notifying us about contaminated water.
Gary Osterhout January 09, 2013 at 09:28 PM
The question, though, is whether this is really contaminated water such that it would be in any way considered a health risk. Which I expect it isn't, or there would have been more effort to get out such a warning. All the City notice stated was "City residents may be seeing what appears to be cloudy water coming out of their taps for a short period of time. Residents are advised to let their water run until it appears clear." That statement certainly seems short of addressing any readers logical concerns. On the other hand, Liz used "clean" in quotes, which I don't even see in the press release, and might connote to some a greater concern on drinkability and health impacts than "clear." Also curious that Liz said the release was sent out at 7:30, the release itself was labeled "8:30," and the release hit my e-mail box at 9:00.
Peter Salzer January 10, 2013 at 01:16 AM
They refer to it as cloudy?!?! It was brown...
Always Right January 11, 2013 at 12:37 AM
If it was brown, the problem is your pipes not the water. The water was cloudy when I checked mine and checked with neighbors.

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