KMPH and ABC 30 have reported that the Bass Lake Water Company is on the list of endangered water companies that could run out of water in 60-120- days. This info is NOT correct. The Bass Lake Water Company is NOT in danger of running out of water. BLWC was inadvertently added to that state list of water companies, but it has since been removed. Stephen Welch is the President of the Bass Lake Water Co. and he confirmed that Bass Lake Water Co should never have been on that list. Please see the letter from California Department of Public Health below (the double negative in the letter may be confusing):
California Department of Public Health
Drinking Water Program
265 W. Bullard Ave., Suite 101
Fresno, Ca. 93704
As you know, the Governor’s Office provided a press release in regard to water systems that are currently experiencing problems in relation to the 2014 drought. Subsequently, the Fresno Bee released an article listing three water systems in the Fresno/Madera area that are experiencing complications and could run out of water in the next 60 to 100 days.
The purpose of this email is to acknowledge that the Bass Lake Water Company (No. 2010003) should not have been included on the list since you have indicated that the system does not anticipate that it will not be able to adequately serve its customers over the next 60 to 100 days due to the drought conditions.
We commend Bass Lake Water Company for its efforts to improve its infrastructure over the last several years (tank improvements, distribution system improvements and planned new surface water treatment plant) to increase source capacity.
This will better prepare the water system for drought conditions and continue to provide a safe, wholesome, reliable source of supply to the customers of the water system. Our office has made efforts to ensure that the Bass Lake Water Company is removed from the list of systems that were included in the press release to avoid any further unnecessary concerns.
If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me at the number below.
Kassy D. Chauhan, P.E.