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Vandenberg temporarily switches water source

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VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. -- The 30th Civil Engineer Squadron's water treatment plant will switch from the California State water source to Vandenberg water wells Sept. 25. 

The switchover, which will be in place until Dec. 1, is a semiannual maintenance requirement to ensure Vandenberg meets and exceeds Santa Barbara County and state water quality directives. 

"This process will ensure that we will have adequate back up reserves of our state water project allotment, and allows our supplier to complete annual maintenance and system repairs on lines, assorted pumping equipment and treatment plant," said Edwin Echols, who works with the 30th CES. "(It also) allows our disinfection system to eliminate any possibility of contamination in our lines, tanks and pumping equipment."

Vandenberg's water currently comes from the Central Coast Water Authority, which gets its supplies from Lake Oroville via the California Aqueduct. Water users on base should notice minimal differences in the water's attributes while using the base's well water. The treatment plant staff completed semiannual repairs in the late spring of 2008 to prepare for the switchover.

"Our well water is of good quality and there is no need for concern," Mr. Echols said. "Our well water is chlorinated through our treatment plant by State of California-licensed operators with over 80 years of combined experience."

For more information, call 606-3467, or call Mr. George Croll, deputy operations flight boss, for additional information on our water system at 606-4749.

(The 30th CES contributed to this report.)