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California Department of Public Health Announces Completion of Water Project in Los Banos 

Date: 2/26/2013 

Number: 13-007 

Contact: Anita Gore or Heather Bourbeau - (916) 440-7259 


Dr. Ron Chapman, director of the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) and the state health officer, announced today the completion of a water project for the Los Banos Migrant Center, which provides seasonal housing for migrant families.

“The State is committed to providing safe drinking water to all Californians by helping local water districts address their issues efficiently,” Dr. Chapman said. The $932,000 project was completed on February 8, 2013 and was financed through Proposition 84, the Safe Drinking Water, Water Quality and Supply, Flood Control, River and Coastal Protection Act passed by voters in the November 2006 general election. CDPH administers Proposition 84 to provide grants for small community drinking water system infrastructure improvements and related actions to meet safe drinking water standards.

The Merced County Housing Authority - Los Banos Migrant Center Water System is a community water system located in the eastern portion of Merced County, approximately one mile north of the City of Los Banos. The Migrant Center currently has 48 living units, one managerial unit, and one childcare facility. The construction project included the installation of a mile of 12-inch pipeline between the Los Banos Center with the City of Los Banos.

Prior to the project, the Los Banos Migrant Center relied on one well for its domestic water supply. That well received notices of violation from the Merced County Division of Environmental Health for exceedances of arsenic and other drinking water standards.

In 2009, the Migrant Center began using an emergency connection from the City of Los Banos. This was a temporary connection and the piping was not sufficient on a long-term basis. In 2012, the Migrant Center completed the Proposition 84 project that included the installation of new pipeline to consolidate with the City of Los Banos water system.

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