Port Hueneme 4-17-17 City Council meeting review- Good news- great water again!

By Tom Dunn

At the 4-17-17 Port Hueneme city council meeting Dept Head Steve Hickox announced that water quality is close to the quality of PH water 2 years ago before the drought caused a major decline in water quality. The TDS reading of water before the drought 2 years ago was 250-275 and increased to 750-825 the last two years. TDS of 1,000 is unhealthy for young and elderly people and people with weak immune systems. Last night after the meeting I tested the water at home and the reading was 315. FABULOUS!!!

Mr. Hickox explained that the rainwater from the winter storms had finally made its way to holding areas that United Water has and they have started pumping to the PH water treatment plant. The rainwater does not contain the large amounts of minerals that was present before the rainfall. The plant is now able to use the membrane filters that remove various minerals and gives us the quality of water we had before the drought. The TDS should be back around 250 hopefully next week. Occasional brown water may occur as the fresh water flushes out mineral deposits or repair work is done, but now the high quality of water will return quickly.

The length of how long the water quality remains excellent depends on weather and customer level of water use. The PH Water Dept is evaluating the current water usage level and how the large snow packs, 36 feet, and water levels that are 168% above normal will affect our future water supply.

This great news needs to be greeted by all of us with continued conservation of our water usage to increase the length of time Port Hueneme can continue to have great water. Thanks to Mr. Hickox and his Department for doing all they could over the last two years to supply us with water during the drought. (I hope most of my review of Mr. Hickox’s report is fairly accurate.)

The more you help, the more that can be accomplished to keep us “friendly city by the sea”.

Tom Dunn “Hello Port Hueneme” video with Laura Hernandez & Tom Dunn:


PortHuenemeHelloCardTom Dunn is a Port Hueneme civic activist working to restore PH financial and governmental stability. He heads the Port Hueneme Coalition of Concerned Citizens (PHCCC). He is retired- was a sales executive for major health care manufacturers and a small business owner.

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