From Jonathan Penrose
YLOA General Manager

With the recent jump to sustained triple digit weather and no end any time soon, we are asking everyone to please conserve water. While there is not a crisis or current emergency, we are presently consuming more water than we are pumping. We do have water reserves for exactly this type of situation but reserves are necessarily limited and not designed for ongoing overconsumption.

As a reminder, the County of Madera has established Water Conservation Guidelines for our area that include:

  • No outdoor water use between 11:00 AM and 7:00 PM
  • Outdoor watering is restricted to twice weekly. Even addresses on Wednesdays and Sundays. Odd addresses on Tuesdays and Saturdays.
  • No outdoor watering on Mondays
  • No car washing, hosing down paved driveways, sidewalks or paved parking lots
  • Keep all plumbing fixtures tight and free of leaks

We are monitoring the situation closely and will keep you informed of new developments.

Actions we are taking

We have been deepening and reconditioning existing wells and recently reactivated the well by the mailboxes on Revis – increasing production from 40 GPM to over 100 GPM. Additional wells are expected back online soon pending water quality testing and certification.

One of our highest producing wells, by the Fairway Café and Golf Course, is scheduled to be deepened and enhanced as soon as the state approves our application – this was approved by the board in May and we have already purchased the materials and have the driller standing by for when state approval is granted. However, the process of drilling and deepening the well in this location is expected to take about 3 months and it will not be available for the summer. As we enhance this well we are using higher quality steel casing that will significantly expand the useful life of the improvements.

Notes on Flushing and Water Quality

From time to time, you may notice running water on the side of the road near the Fairway Café. This is due to water discoloration that requires us to ‘flush’ the system. The discoloration is not a water quality issue, and is perfectly safe, though it is unsightly. The discoloration is due to the reaction of chlorine (which we use in small amounts to treat the water for safety) with iron and manganese. When this occurs we pump the water to the street (and ultimately to the golf course lake) to clear out the discoloration and to prevent it from spreading to other homes and areas in the park.

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