What you will be doing after the ban is lifted is flushing your entire plumbing system. Please let us know if we can be of assistance on the following:
continuously for five to fifteen minutes. This is a good opportunity to flush sediment buildup from your standard water heater (not needed if you have a tankless water heater). Connect a garden hose to the drain fitting of the water heater. If the water heater is hot make sure the other end of the house is NOT dumping onto landscaping, the hot water will KILL plants. With the feed water to the water heater still “open/on” flush the water heater. Monitor the end of the hose for debris and sediment, continue flushing the water heater until no sediment or debris is present and close the drain valve. Next, where you can remove the aerators, starting with the hot
water open all of the taps and flush for 15 minutes. Next, do the same with all of the cold-water taps and run for five minutes. This includes your refrigerator and other “tap” water filters also laundry room sink and run a ghost load in the washing machine (make sure the cycle uses both hot and cold water. Don’t forget the pets: bird’s, dog’s & cat’s water bowl should be cleaned.
The above list is only a recommendation as a starting point, additional sanitation with chlorine, ultraviolet light, or other measures may be required. Individuals, or individuals with compromised immune systems, may want to have the water tested for sanitation prior to ingesting or using. Sol Wave Water offers full suite of Certified Laboratory water testing service.
As with everything water, if you need help with these steps please call Sol Wave Water, your local water professional to schedule a free inspection or to schedule a service call. We are here to be of service to our amazing community. Please remember to forward this to your family and neighbors.
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Dear Neighbor and Friend,
Our deepest condolences go out to our community. As a Santa Barbara native, I have never seen any devastation so widespread and unpredictable. I remember as a child watching, from the Micheltorena Bridge, the Sycamore fire burn the Riviera and the home my family once lived in. I can reflect on the Jesusita fire, sitting in the parking lot of what used to be Long’s Drug Store watching what I thought was my home burning. All of these events had an element of warning that was not present in last Tuesday’s tragic events. My heart, my Sol Wave Water Team’s hearts, goes out to our community, especially to those that lost loved ones.
We have now run our Montecito route to all of the addresses west of the mandatory evacuation zone. We have set a number of Emergency water delivery accounts for address effected by the boil water notice to assist with safe drinking water. We have Josh, and one of our service trucks, staged in Ventura and have run all deliveries to Summerland, Carpintaria, and are on standby for any needs from east of the evacuation zone.
We are finalizing a tip sheet on the steps to take when restoring water to a home after entry is allowed and the boil water notice is lifted. It will be important to sanitize drinking water systems, softeners, and general plumbing. I will forward the link and a check list as soon as it is completed. We will assist anyone who needs help with this process.
If you need anything please let us know. We can provide short term bottle deliver, emergency water, and assist in restoration of systems or delivery once we can get back in. Please feel free to forward this email to your friends or family. This is a community issue… we will be stronger, and better, as we help each other. Please feel free to call or email us with any needs or questions water related or with requests you think we can be of service on. We are happy to donate to any fundraisers or events you hear of that will help with the recovery, or individuals that are in need of a “little extra” help.
Andrew Armenta, Customer Service
Sheryl Wilconts, Accounting
Benito Najera, Delviery
Andrew Lemley, Service/Installation
Josh Taylor, New Accounts – Service Manager
Steve Nipper & Lori Zahn, Owners