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EVMWD Combats Misleading Information About Its Water Quality

Water district spokesman Greg Morrison said door hangers being left in Lake Elsinore and Wildomar imply contaminated water is being distributed by EVMWD when it is not.

Door hangers being left at the homes of some Elsinore Valley Municipal Water District customers are implying that drinking water in the area is unsafe, and the water district is reaching out to dispel the misinformation, an official said today.

EVMWD officials are unclear at this time who/what company is behind the door hangers, but they believe it may be an attempt to sell district customers in-home water treatment or Reverse Osmosis systems, according to a statement from EVMWD General Manager John Vega.

District spokesman Greg Morrison further explained the door hangers are very misleading because they cite an article published by the Press-Enterprise in which the reporter investigated allegations of contaminated water distributed by Wildomar-based County Water of Riverside, not EVMWD. (Click here for the latest Press-Enterprise article.)

The allegations in the Press-Enterprise article are not related to EVMWD, Morrison continued. Additionally, County Water of Riverside is not affiliated with EVMWD.

Morrison said the door hangers are problematic because they imply the contaminated water is being distributed by EVMWD when it is not. The door hangers have been found in Lake Elsinore and Wildomar, Morrison said.

District officials are encouraging their customers to be wary of any individual/company who claims EVMWD water is not safe, especially if it's someone attempting to sell products, according to Vega's statement.

Additionally, the district has launched a social media campaign to combat the misinformation, Vega's statement said.

EVMWD is encouraging customers who may have questions about their water quality to click here: http://www.evmwd.com/depts/engineering/water_quality/faqs.asp

EDITOR'S NOTE: on water quality. According to the report, state public health officials find EVMWD's water is safe. However, County Water of Riverside has been cited by the California Department of Public Health for having high levels of nitrates in its water.

 

Keith Haworth March 22, 2013 at 01:44 AM
I look at the water reports every time they come out and they are pretty impressive. I am assuming they are accurate, no reason to doubt them.
Fisher Lady March 22, 2013 at 04:52 PM
The question is...why is the paper printing these "rumors" without verifying the information? Also, there's an investigation to find out who is putting these door hangers out? Why not consider this Mike Rees person, CEO of "Ditch The Bottle" who posted a lengthy add in the comments under the original article?
Toni McAllister (Editor) March 22, 2013 at 05:21 PM
Neither Patch nor the Press-Enterprise printed rumors ... The issue is with the misleading door hangers being placed at the homes of EVMWD customers. EVMWD has not been cited for water quality issues, but the door hangers imply the water is not safe.
Jeffy Kleiner March 23, 2013 at 02:38 AM
Yes Toni, thank you. Though something fishy is going on for sure. Please keep us updated

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