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Thursday, 23 July 2015 15:38

City of Turlock Having Problems with Non-Potable Water Wells

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Dale Pinkney Neighborhood Park was one of several landscape areas in Turlock that is being stressed by well failures in northeast Turlock. Dale Pinkney Neighborhood Park was one of several landscape areas in Turlock that is being stressed by well failures in northeast Turlock. Brandon McMillan/TurlockCityNews.com
Although two non-potable wells in northeast Turlock are back online, the City is continuing to experience difficulties getting much needed water to landscapes and trees.

“Having these critical wells out of services has stressed our trees and permanent landscape in this part of the City,” said Director of Parks, Recreation and Public Facilities Allison Van Guilder. “The City and our taxpayers have made a huge investment in these landscaped areas and, with the non-potable wells down, these trees and plantings have been stressed to the brink. We are doing our best to save them and get these trees and shrubs stable, but with the ongoing difficulties with these wells, we are having to water outside of the prescribed times.”

Long before the drought, the City of Turlock installed several non-potable — or non-drinking — wells throughout the city exclusively to be used to water landscapes. While non-potable water is not considered safe to drink, it can still be used for watering landscapes.

Three weeks ago, two key wells in the northeast area of Turlock failed. In one case, the well casing collapsed and the pump failed in the other.

The failures came on the heels of a week with 100-plus degree weather.

“We have a challenge each summer to keep the landscape areas, parks and other green space maintained,” said Van Guilder. “This summer, the drought has exacerbated the normal issues.”

According to a press release, the City of Turlock has received several phone calls from concerned residents regarding the stressed landscapes and trees in areas, as well as incidents where the City has been running sprinklers outside of the prescribed watering schedule.

“We appreciate when residents notify us of broken or malfunctioning sprinklers, but like your home sprinkler systems, we have to run the hundreds of sprinkler system stations and valves to check for leaks and repair the broken components,” said Van Guilder. “These tests and repairs usually occur during regular business hours and outside the prescribed watering times.”

The City of Turlock Parks, Recreation and Public Facilities staff maintains more than 180 acres of parks and more than 80 acres in the landscape. In total, these areas have tens of thousands of sprinkler heads and drip emitters.

The City’s current watering schedule allows for even numbered residences to water on Tuesdays and Saturdays and odd numbered residences to water on Wednesday and Sunday. Watering is allowed between 9 p.m. and 6 a.m. on weekdays above and between midnight and noon on weekends.

To report water waste, you can contact Municipal Services at 209-668-5590 or fill out the online report form on the City of Turlock’s website

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  1. Guest

Markley Park well must be running very well. Greener than last summer.

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  1. Turlock leaders

Are inept bunch of incompetent people. Only stupid people think that these "leaders" are going to do anything to help. The parks director is some retard who can't do anything besides open her mouth and make useless statements.

Turlock city...

Are inept bunch of incompetent people. Only stupid people think that these "leaders" are going to do anything to help. The parks director is some retard who can't do anything besides open her mouth and make useless statements.

Turlock city employees are over paid, over pensioned, over medicated, over weight, over applauded and are not earning any of it.

When turlock dies blame the right people. But knowing how many stupid people live in turlock, people will blame the Mexicans.

I blame the stupid portagees.

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  1. ^^^ Fransen ^^^

Thank you for your opinion DJ. Your 9th grade education is showing as you struggle to find words other than retard and stupid. Just because you couldn't get elected (gee I wonder why) doesn't mean you have to attack everyone working on behalf...

Thank you for your opinion DJ. Your 9th grade education is showing as you struggle to find words other than retard and stupid. Just because you couldn't get elected (gee I wonder why) doesn't mean you have to attack everyone working on behalf of the city. Get a life you ignorant blowhard.

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  1. Guest

Dj isn't the only person aware of the little financial warlords of turlock and their despotic, corporate brown nosing, and their theft by threat of violence called taxes.

I will no longer abdicate to people who count the votes and decide who...

Dj isn't the only person aware of the little financial warlords of turlock and their despotic, corporate brown nosing, and their theft by threat of violence called taxes.

I will no longer abdicate to people who count the votes and decide who the winner is.

Dear city and state employees: you are just as culpable for the enslavement of people as the little warlords and their monopoly of violence.

I swear by my life and my love of it that I will never live for the sake of another man nor ask another man to live for mine.

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  1. Amused Reader

Good God, Guest-Guest; who do you think you are? Alexander Freakin' Hamilton? "enslavement of people"? "monopoly of violence"? There, there now. Take your medications and keep on pretending you're a character in "Lord of the Rings".

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  1. father

There is a turlock city employee who drives around with nothing better to do then make fun of people. My eight year old daughter and i were sitting waiting for the bus when someone honked there horn as they drove by us, and out of reaction she...

There is a turlock city employee who drives around with nothing better to do then make fun of people. My eight year old daughter and i were sitting waiting for the bus when someone honked there horn as they drove by us, and out of reaction she jumped . And out of all people a city employee thought it was funny . And not hehe but ha ha, sure hope it made you feel beter tuff guy, cant even apologize to an eight year old.

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  1. general lee

hey amused reader how many (*edited by tcn) after turlock city council meetings? lol

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  Comment was last edited about 3 years ago by David Fransen - dj@turlockcitynews.com David Fransen - dj@turlockcitynews.com
  1. Amused ignorant reader

You have no argument outside of insulting me which means I am right and you are wrong. Moreover, I am offended that you continue to advocate to make everyone a nigger of the state.
Conclusion: you are a city/employee, or has been and desperately...

You have no argument outside of insulting me which means I am right and you are wrong. Moreover, I am offended that you continue to advocate to make everyone a nigger of the state.
Conclusion: you are a city/employee, or has been and desperately wants another government "job" where you can be unaccountable and still get paid because I am forced by you are your kind to cough up a portion of my labor. When are you going to take your hand out of my pocket you weasel?

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