The Los Angeles County Fire (LACoFD) and Public Health Departments joined in a multi-agency effort from April 27-29, 2018, providing 20,000 gallons of bottled water to residents in Willowbrook and Compton after rust-colored water was discovered to be running out of their taps. The discoloration in the water was attributed to a recent “flushing” of the water system by the Sativa Water District, which provides domestic water services to about 1,600 customers in the region.
Although water quality tests performed by Public Health and the State Water Resources Board concluded the water did not pose a health risk and met official standards, Los Angeles County distributed bottled water to some 8,000 affected residents reporting discolored water. LACoFD deployed an incident management team to facilitate the distribution.
In response to a motion put forth by Second District Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas on April 24, County agencies will continue to investigate long-term solutions to ensure all residents have access to safe and clean water.
Residents may call 211 for more information.