Clean water almost ready to flow into Yettem-Seville community
TULARE COUNTY – Third world water quality issues is nothing new for Tulare County, in particular communities like Yettem and Seville. Residents there have endured decades of water quality and supply issues. But what is new, is help has arrived.
Tulare County broke ground on the Yettem-Seville Water System Improvement Project yesterday, March 5. The system has finally come to fruition after residents voted in favor of Measure Y, which set up the Yettem-Seville Community Services District last November. The measure passed by almost three-quarters, 43-17, in the two communities with a combined population of just 1,000 people.
“It is an exciting time for the residents of Yettem and Seville as their long journey in getting clean water is now becoming a reality,” stated Tulare County Supervisor Eddie Valero who represents the communities of Yettem and Seville.
Yettem and Seville are unincorporated communities located in Tulare County, approximately nine miles north of the City of Visalia. Both communities have experienced struggles in having a reliable water supply and have been plagued with water quality issues due to nitrate contamination.
The County of Tulare owns and operates the Yettem water system built in 1995. In 2009, the County took over receivership of the Seville water system. Since then county officials, state agencies and stakeholders have been working to bring solutions in fixing the aged water systems. Funding for the Yettem-Seville Water System Improvement Project was provided through the State Water Resources Control Board.
Construction on the new water systems will commence in two phases, with Phase 1 set to be completed by the end of this year. Phase 1 will replace the water distribution system in the community of Seville, include new smart water meters, and include a new water storage tank. The next phase of the project will provide a connection pipeline of both water systems. The project is estimated to cost $4 million to complete.