CVWD, in partnership with the County of Riverside, will deliver clean water on site at Oasis Mobile Home Park to provide a temporary supplemental water source for the residents of the park.
The CVWD Board of Directors today approved an agreement with Riverside County to bring water on site for the residents over the next 60 days. Riverside County will pay CVWD for its costs in providing this service, estimated at $2,500 per week.
The service will include one operator that will bring a water trailer with a 1,000-gallon tank that will be stationed in front of the park. Residents will be able to draw water from the tank from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday and from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. These hours augment the Park’s bottled water distribution hours of 8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. on the weekdays and 9 a.m. to noon on weekends.
The hours of operation might change after the first week but the total daily hours will not change.
The Park is on tribal land in Oasis and has a public water system not connected to CVWD. The EPA, who has jurisdiction over the system, issued a Safe Drinking Water Act Emergency Administrative Order in August 2019 to Oasis Mobile Home Park for exceeding the federal arsenic drinking water standard by almost 10 times the allowable limit. Under EPA’s Emergency Order, Park owners have been mandated to provide free bottled water to the 1,900 residents until the EPA finds the water system is safe, specifically one gallon per person daily. However, many families have had difficulties accessing sufficient bottled water to meet their daily needs. The availability of CVWD’s supplemental water does not relieve the owners of Oasis Mobile Home Park from providing water required under EPA’s Emergency Order.
Water is also available to residents of the Oasis Mobile Home Park at the Galilee Center in Mecca, 66-101 Hammond Rd., every day, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. For after-hours assistance, call the Galilee Center at (760) 396-9100.