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SANTA CRUZ, Calif. -- Demolition of the city's 35-million
gallon Bay Street reservoir, the primary source of drinking water for
90,000 people, has city leaders warning customers that water supplies
The city told customers from Davenport to Capitola to have back-up
water supplies on hand for the next few months.
Reservoir demolition begins soon as part of a $25 million project
to replace the aging reservoir with two concrete tanks to hold
Water director Bill Kocher said the reservoir will be drained,
leaving the city without a buffer water supply until four temporary
tanks are installed in January.
"We're vulnerable, no question about it," Kocher said. "We're
cutting down our safety net, and we're just not used to doing that."
Water will be pumped from the San Lorenzo River to the Graham Hill
Water Treatment Plant and directly to faucets for the next three
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