Fresno is being sued over Pipe Corrosion
A second group of northeast Fresno residents is suing the city over the water problem that included things such as lead and discoloration. The case revolves around water that is provided by the city’s Northeast Surface Water Treatment Facility, which treats canal water from Millerton and Pine Flat lakes. The facility distributes to about 15,000 homes and other water customers throughout Fresno and the suit alleges that the issues lasted years before officials took concerted action to resolve the issues. The facility opened up in 2004 and replaced the well water that served the city residents with canal water. The lawsuit states,
This case shines a spotlight on how the city, rather than protecting its residents from the dangers of lead in its drinking water, actively promoted, designed and approved changes to its water supply systems that it knew would lead to the risk of corrosion and leaching of metals in its piping, including the introduction of iron and lead into residents’ drinking water
Experts believe that the problems are related to water chemistry issues at the treatment plant. Last fall, experts claimed that the differences in the water, between the well water and canal water, likely caused deposits of scale and rust to be dislodged from inside of galvanized pipes, which caused discoloration. It is more than likely that this new lawsuit, which aims to represent owners of homes built with galvanized pipes before 2004, and the lawsuit from last year will be merged into one class-action lawsuit. Fresno is in the process building another surface water treatment plant in the southeast portion of the city, so it will be interesting to see how the lawsuits will be settled and if the city will learn from its mistakes at the northeast water treatment plant.
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