Water leak in Hiouchi

By Anthony Skeens, The Triplicate December 30, 2013 02:06 pm

Hiouchi residents can safely use their water now after a pipe leak last Sunday left their faucets dry.

A water quality test on Friday showed that it is safe to drink the water and residents no longer need to boil it, said Mike Wylie, general manager of Big Rock Community Services District.

Last Sunday, Wylie was alerted  the 100,000-gallon water tank that services Hiouchi was getting low. 

Wylie searched for a leak, but couldn’t find one and by the end of the day 3 feet of water was all that was left in the 20-foot-tall tank.

On Monday, notices went out to residents that the water was going to be shut off and drinking water had been purchased that could be picked up at the Hiouchi Hamlet.

By Monday night, a worker from American Leak Detection in Redding arrived to try to locate a leak by listening to the water lines, Wylie said.

The following day, Wylie was notified of a break at the lowest point in one of the lines near the  Redwood National Park Visitor Center on U.S. Highway 199 south of Hiouchi.

The line was isolated, water was sampled from the tank and levels were restored by Friday.