Water Emergency, Western Slope of El Dorado County - All the latest news

by Placerville Newswire / Jan 23, 2018 / comments

[PRpond - Multiple Agencies]

Just after 8 a.m. on January 23, the body of a man was located from EID’s untreated raw water conduit in Pollock Pines. At this time, The El Dorado County Sheriff’s Office is working to recover the body.

EID received notice from the El Dorado County Sheriff’s Office on January 22 that a man had entered into EID’s Camino Conduit pipe that carries raw water from Jenkinson Lake to EID’s water treatment plant 1.5 miles away.

District staff began to reduce flows while emergency responders searched for the missing man. The reduction in flows and subsequent request for conservation from customers was to manage health and safety flows to EID customers and maintain the integrity of the system.

EID, The El Dorado County Sheriff’s Office and emergency responders worked into the night before the rescue mission transitioned to a recovery effort.

EID is asking our customers to continue conservation until 5 p.m. at which time normal water operations will resume.

“Our thoughts and prayers go out to this man’s family,” said EID General Manager Jim Abercrombie. “EID thanks its customers and community for its patience during the call for conservation. The district takes providing safe water to customers as a sacred trust and there was never an issue with the safety of the drinking water during this incident.”

 

 **UPDATE 1/23/18 8:50 AM**

EID asks that our customers continue to conserve water at this time. The water has been, and continues to, remain safe for consumption. Updates will be posted to this website. There is currently no ETA on when the request for conservation will be lifted, although we hope to have the incident resolved today.  Customers will receive a phone call and email message alerting them when the call for conservation has ended. We thank all of our customers for their continued conservation and patience during this time.

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 **UPDATE 01/23/2018 12:45 AM**

On January 22, 2018, at about 4 p.m., the El Dorado County Sheriff’s Office responded to a report of a man falling into an untreated raw water conduit between Jenkinson Lake and EID’s water treatment plant in Pollock Pines.

Deputies responded to the area and were unable to locate the missing person. At that time, the Sheriff’s Office notified EID personnel who began to reduce the flows to the plant while emergency responders continued their search for the missing man.

The El Dorado County Sheriff’s Office has identified the missing man as Tory Robert Mayes of Pollock Pines.

After an extensive search of the EID conduit line by the Sheriff’s Office patrol and dive teams, EID, Sacramento Metropolitan Fire Department and El Dorado County Fire Department, the emergency medical personnel have determined that because of the length of exposure, water temperature, and circumstances surrounding the incident, rescue operations have transitioned into a recovery mission. Next of kin has been notified.

After careful deliberation with onsite emergency medical personnel and the Division of Drinking Water of the State Water Resources Control Board, the District has resumed water treatment plant operations while recovery efforts for Tory continue.

While EID works to return to normal treatment operations, continued conservation is requested at this time.

  **UPDATE 10:53 PM**

EID, in conjunction with the El Dorado County Sheriff’s Office, have issued the following statement:

On January 22, 2018, The El Dorado County Sheriff’s Office responded to a report of a man falling into an EID conduit pipe. Deputies responded to the area and have been unable to locate the missing person. It is believed that the man fell into EID’s Camino Conduit pipe that carries raw water from Jenkinson Lake to EID’s Reservoir “A” water treatment plant 1.5 miles away in Pollock Pines.  It is believed the man fell through an air vent in the pipe below the second dam.

EID immediately began to reduce the flows to the Reservoir “A” plant while emergency responders began the search for the missing man. The treatment plant provides water to the majority of EID’s service area, from Pollock Pines to El Dorado Hills, including the city of Placerville.

EID has initiated a call out to all customers asking for extreme conservation of water for the duration of this emergency operation. The emergency does not affect the quality of EID’s water. The conservation is to maintain adequate water supply.

The Sheriff’s Office is working in conjunction with EID to locate the missing person and ensure the safety of the drinking water. The Sheriff’s Office of Emergency Services is activating in support of this situation and will be closely monitoring it. During this time, the Sheriff’s Office asks that you follow the directions by EID.

EID will notify its customers when the call for conservation is lifted. Thank you for your continued patience and response to the call for conservation.

 **ORIGINAL POST**

Currently there is a district-wide emergency water conservation call in effect due to a potential victim who may have fallen into the water facilities near Sly Park Dam late this afternoon/early evening on Monday, 1/22. Consequently, the district had to temporarily shutdown its water treatment plant while responding to this emergency.

We are asking all customers who receive a call message to please immediately discontinue any non-essential water usage to ensure water held in the storage tanks is adequate to provide service to customers throughout the duration of the emergency.  This includes activities such as running dishwashers and clothes washers, outdoor irrigation and car washing. Minimizing usage will reduce the potential for the water system to lose pressure or completely run out of water. 

We need everyone’s help to during this time.

Thank you for your patience and understanding during this emergency.

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El Dorado County Sheriff's Office:

*Update* Missing Person and EID - January 23, 2018 at 12:33 am

Sergeant Anthony Prencipe

On January 22, 2018, at about 6 PM, the El Dorado County Sheriff’s Office responded to a report of a man falling into an untreated raw water conduit between Jenkinson Lake and EID’s water treatment plant in Pollock Pines.

Deputies responded to the area and were unable to locate the missing person. At that time, the Sheriff’s Office notified EID personnel who began to reduce the flows to the plant while emergency responders continued their search for the missing man.

The El Dorado County Sheriff’s Office has identified the missing man as Tory Robert Mayes of Pollock Pines.

After an extensive search of the EID conduit line by the Sheriff’s Office patrol and dive teams, EID, Sacramento Metropolitan Fire Department and El Dorado County Fire Department, the emergency medical personnel have determined that because of the length of exposure, water temperature, and circumstances surrounding the incident, rescue operations have transitioned into a recovery mission. Next of kin has been notified.

After careful deliberation with onsite emergency medical personnel and the Division of Drinking Water of the State Water Resources Control Board, the District has resumed water treatment plant operations while recovery efforts for Tory continue.

While EID works to return to normal treatment operations, continued conservation is requested at this time.

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Placerville Police Department:

Update for City of Placerville Residents effected by EID water reduction incident.

On January 22, 2018, at about 4 PM, the El Dorado County Sheriff’s Office responded to a report of a man falling into an untreated raw water conduit between Jenkinson Lake and EID’s water treatment plant in Pollock Pines. 

Deputies responded to the area and were unable to locate the missing person. At that time, the Sheriff’s Office notified EID personnel who began to reduce the flows to the plant while emergency responders continued their search for the missing man. 

The El Dorado County Sheriff’s Office has identified the missing man as Tory Robert Mayes of Pollock Pines. 

After an extensive search of the EID conduit line by the Sheriff’s Office patrol and dive teams, EID, Sacramento Metropolitan Fire Department and El Dorado County Fire Department, the emergency medical personnel have determined that because of the length of exposure, water temperature, and circumstances surrounding the incident, rescue operations have transitioned into a re covery mission. Next of kin has been notified.

After careful deliberation with onsite emergency medical personnel and the Division of Drinking Water of the State Water Resources Control Board, the District has resumed water treatment plant operations while recovery efforts for Tory continue.

While EID works to return to normal treatment operations, continued conservation is requested at this time. 

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