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Some Residents of Sonoma and Napa Counties Told to Boil Water Amid Devastating Fires

As deadly flames snake across the North Bay, destroying everything in their path, officials in Sonoma and Napa on Tuesday asked residents to boil water before consuming it. 

In Santa Rosa, the notice is in effect in the Fountaingrove area, according to the Sonoma County Sheriff's Office.

People who live east of Mendocino Avenue, north of Chanate Road, west of Fountain Grove Parkway, south of Mark West Springs Road and in areas where there is little to no water pressure are asked to boil water before drinking it or using it for cooking purposes.

Tap water is safe in other parts of the city, which has been hit hard by the destructive fires that have led to at least 10 deaths and prompted roughly 20,000 evacuations.

Meanwhile, the Napa Water Division has issued a boil water notice for people who live on Hagen and Old Coach roads, Woodland and Syar drives and Holly Court. The same goes for anyone who lives in the area north of Hagen Road and east of the Silverado Trail, which includes the Silverado Country Club, Monticello Park and Vichy Avenue.

The fires have gutted a water pump station in the upper part of Silverado Country Club and the Milliken Treatment plant is not working either, officials said. Napa has set up temporary pumps to restore water pressure and plans to perform analyses and inform customers when it is safe to drink tap water. They believe the issue should be resolved within four days. 

For their safety, residents are asked to boil water for one minute and let it cool before drinking it. Bottled water is an alternative. Those who cannot boil water can use water disinfection tablets or unscented, liquid household bleach.

For more information, people can call the city of Santa Rosa at 707-543-4511, the State Water Resources control Board at 707-576-2145 or the Local Environmental Health Jurisdiction at 707-565-6565.

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