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Clovis North residents concerned about city’s plan to run treated sewer water through neighborhood


There’s some concerned community members in Clovis North.

The city of Clovis wants to run highly treated sewer water through a channel they drink and bath from.

Clovis treats sewer water to use for irrigation, the excess water is channeled to Flancher Creek.

Per a contract agreement the city needs a second place to discharge the water that has limited environmental impact.

That second place is the San Joaquin River, but the channel passes homes nearby Appaloosa Acres in Clovis.

“I’d like that we air on the side of caution here,” said Patrick O’leary, Resident.

The channel the city wants to run the highly treated sewer through is just 20 feet from O’leary’s house and private well.

“I drink from that well, I bath from that well, so this particularly could affect my whole well being,” said O’leary.

O’leary says the city told him the water is 99% clean, he says he’s worried about the one percent of things they haven’t tested.

“For instance radiation, Hep C viruses (Hepatitis), or people who might use the restroom who might have been treated chemically for Cancer,” said O’leary.

“I understand people have concerns but I really don’t think they are founded in the science,” said Luke Serpa, Public Utilities Director for the city.   

Serpa says the water that will flow through the channel is highly treated and cleaner than the water there now.

“We’ll discharge a very small quantity at 3-cubic-feet per second,” said Serpa. “That channel is permitted for 700-cubic-feet per second.”

Of the 49 property owners affected, 31 of them agreed to allow the city to move forward.

They were paid a $1,500 convenience fee.

The city, though, can’t move forward without the consent of the entire community–including Patrick O’leary.

“I don’t think i’d ever change my mind unless they do some more testing,” says O’leary.

The city is voting Monday to approve a “Resolution of Necessity” that would allow them to move forward with the project even without the consent of the remaining 18 residents who oppose it.

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