Setting up Water

Below is general information on water set-up.  For information on suppliers for water (CLICK HERE).

What you will find on this page:

RV TANK MAINTENANCE

  • What are the overall guidelines for water usage in an RV holding tanks?

WATER SAFETY AND STATUS

  • What are the instructions on public water safety?
  • What is the current status of public water in the fire zone?
  • What do I need to know about using a private well?

WATER TESTING, TREATMENT AND DELIVERY

  • I want to test my water and either treat it or get water delivery.  What do I need to know?

RV TANK MAINTENANCE

  • What are the overall guidelines for water usage in a RV holding tanks?

An RV may be connected to a standard outdoor hose bib. We recommend a water pressure regulator to protect the RV plumbing which has more fragile connections than typical house connections.

It is also advised that you wrap insulation around the hose and all connections above ground when night temperatures fall below freezing.  Otherwise you will break connections and have an unusable hose-line.

Cleaning your freshwater systems prior to occupancy is advised to ensure cleanliness of the water supply. This is done by diligent RV owners periodically. You should also add an in-line filter to help keep your incoming water supply a bit cleaner.

In many areas, particularly on well, the water has a high mineral content.  You will want to flush your hot water tank annually to avoid the minerals eating your tank and destroying it. (An expensive and un-fun repair that can damage your subfloor too.)

In addition, it is highly recommended that RV users obtain bottled water for drinking and cooking purposes, since RV tanks may not offer the level of water quality provided in homes. (Depends on their level of care and maintenance.)

WATER SAFETY AND STATUS

  • What are the Instructions on Water Safety?

Water quality test results have confirmed the presence of benzene  in the  Paradise Irrigation District (PID) service area.   They advise bottled water only for drinking, cooking and brushing teeth for customers

PID is working closely with the Division of Drinking Water to conduct to develop a Water Quality Testing and Restoration Plan.  Please review their information provided on water safety. (CLICK HERE)

Neighboring towns of Chico and Oroville were not impacted by the fire damage according to Cal Water District Manager George Barber.

  • What is the Current Status of Water in the Fire Zone?

PID is prioritizing water turn-on in areas of town that have standing homes.  For their weekly update CLICK HERE.  Having service on doesn’t mean testing is complete and cleared.  Check the map of system status and it should have that information. (CLICK HERE)

Businesses and houses are getting water tanks and delivery service. If you don’t have service, your choice right now is to either wait or get water holding tanks and water delivery, depending on your situation.

Inside the disaster zone, your local water companies will provide information on system status and water safety advisories.

For people served by the DelOro water district, CLICK HERE.

  • What do I need to know about using a private well?

Damaged properties may have system damage and should be inspected and the water tested, especially if there is a change in taste or odor.  With properties that were unused for a month or so bacteria could have grown in the lines and should be cleaned and tested.

Undamaged properties may not have adequate capacity for additional homes or may have a sulfur odor.  Before accepting occupancy or offering a deposit for emergency housing, you should evaluate this.

WATER TESTING, TREATMENT AND DELIVERY

  • I want to test my water and either treat it or get water delivery.  What do I need to know?

That topic deserves a whole page dedicated this this topic.  (CLICK HERE)


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