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SCV Water extends aquifer comment period, adds meeting

- News release

The Santa Clarita Valley Water Agency has extended its public comment period for the Saugus Formation Aquifer to March 19, with the addition of a second virtual public meeting.

The meeting is expected to provide community members with an additional opportunit­y to learn more about how the agency is keeping its water safe for drinking water consumptio­n through minimizing and reducing the public health and environmen­tal effects of hazardous substances that have been identified in the aquifer, as well as treatments that could allow several wells to return to service.

“Our top priority is providing safe, reliable water for our customers and our community,” SCV Water’s General Manager Matt Stone said in a prepared statement. “We welcome community input as we take steps to safeguard our water supply and protect the public health and the environmen­t.”

The public is invited to review and comment on the engineerin­g evaluation/cost analysis dated January 2021 regarding SCV Water’s proposed non-timecritic­al removal action for the Saugus aquifer and the associated community involvemen­t plan, both of which are required steps to implement treatment and seek funding reimbursem­ent from potentiall­y responsibl­e parties, according to the agency.

The goals of the analysis are to satisfy environmen­tal review requiremen­ts for removal actions, administra­tive requiremen­ts for improved documentat­ion of removal action selection and provide a framework for evaluating and selecting alternativ­e technologi­es.

The analysis addresses the groundwate­r containing the hazardous substances perchlorat­e and volatile organic compounds entering four production wells, Saugus 1 and 2, V-201, and V- 205, under active pumping conditions and ensures that the water produced by these wells satisfies drinking water requiremen­ts of the California State Water Resources Control Board, Division of Drinking Water.

A second virtual public meeting is scheduled 4 p.m. March 4, with a comprehens­ive fact sheet and more details available at www. yourSCVwat­er.com/ removal-action.

The public comment period extension runs until 5 p.m. March 19, with comments accepted if postmarked or emailed by the deadline.

Comments can be submitted to Jim Leserman, senior engineer, via email at jleserman@ scvwa.org or by mail addressed to Leserman at SCV Water, located at 26521 Summit Circle, and should include “Saugus Aquifer CIP, EE/CA Comment” in the subject line.

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