My Word: Alameda stands united during Alameda Point water quality alert
At the end of last week, the city of Alameda was able to report some good news after days of concern for the 268 homes and more than 60 businesses that were affected by the temporary contamination of drinkable water at Alameda Point.
By this past Friday evening, the water distribution system at Alameda Point was deemed safe by the state Water Resources Board, Division of Drinking Water.
While this news is a relief, it came after days of discomfort and anxiety for Alameda Point residents and businesses.
EBMUD responded and tested the water, and it tested as safe to drink.
The Alameda Police Department contacted the American Red Cross, who along with the Alameda Fire Department and city staff, provided free bottled water at two locations within Alameda Point by 7 p.m. Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) volunteers were mobilized and helped distribute bottled water that evening and throughout the water quality incident.
The city began issuing regular Community Alerts with the information we had available to the news media, and posted alerts on Facebook, Nextdoor, Twitter, Nixle, and the city’s website.
By the end of Wednesday, tests continued to show improvement in the water quality and bacteria samples came back clean.
The state Water Resources Control Board, Division of Drinking Water lifted the remaining do-not-drink advisory and will continue to work with EBMUD and city staff to investigate the incident and work to ensure a continued high-quality drinkable water system at Alameda Point.
And I want to thank our city staff who responded immediately and decisively to calls and concerns from residents and businesses, and worked as a team to serve the community.
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