According to CalWater, ash found in Kern River

Posted at 10:42 AM, Dec 16, 2016
and last updated 2016-12-16 21:08:23-05


After the heavy rains hit Kern County, many residents in the Lake Isabella area tonight are dealing with a black Kern River. 

No need to worry though, because nobody will actually be drinking or seeing any of this black water go through there homes. Mostly because Cal Water took the necessary steps to prepare beforehand. 

Chris Whitley is a local manager with Cal Water. He says they knew of this storm coming a while ago. 

"We knew that there was going to be a storm event, we knew that due to the Cedar Fire that there was going to be an ash flow." 

Although the river has gone black, Cal Water assures its residents in the Lake Isabella area to not worry. 

"Even if we go into next week sometime and not turn the plant on, we’re still going to be fine. We also have the wells in Wofford Heights that are pushing back this way. Like I say, we jumped out in front of this a week ago, we knew this was going to happen and we were proactive and prevented any kind of an ash debris into the treatment plant."