OAKHURST — Hillview Water customers are being asked to conserve water this morning and to be prepared for discoloration and the possibility of running low, after Manager James Foster announced there is a significant leak in the Oakhurst area and the location is undetermined at this time.
According to the company, Hillview’s on-call service technician received a call early this morning about a low level alarm going off on the 420 tank — the 420,000 gallon tank above Yosemite High School on Highland View Lane. The low level alarm is triggered at 19 feet, but the tank is now down to 6 feet and the leak has not been located.
Hillview has turned on some additional wells and is manipulating some of the valving for another tank to feed the downtown area and reduce the demand and mitigate the loss on the 420 tank.
This should allow the 420 tank to refill, says Hillview, allowing staff to narrow down the area where the leak may be occurring.
Given the significant drop in the 420 tank, Hillview is estimating this leak/break/loss at about 600 gallons a minute.
Hillview customers have been sent automated calls informing them of the situation and asking them to conserve water, be prepared for discolored water, and the possibility of running low on water.
Anyone with knowledge of the location of the leak is encouraged to contact the company at (559) 683-4322.