"Some West Marin residents may need to line up to get their drinking water from a storage tank in Point Reyes Station as drought conditions worsen saltwater contamination in the main well-water supplies.
The North Marin Water District took the unprecedented step to install the 4,500-gallon water tank at the end of Commodore Webster Drive in case salt levels in well-water supplies reach higher concentrations that could pose a health risk to residents on low-salt diets.
“It’s already set up and ready to be implemented,” district General Manager Drew McIntyre said. “We have a trigger that we will activate once the sodium increases to 115 milligrams per liter. Right now it’s just a little bit under 50 milligrams per liter.”
Last year, salt levels reached 115 milligrams per liter in August but “every year is different,” McIntyre said.
Ken Levin, president of the Point Reyes Station Village Association, told the board that residents may soon have to line up with gallon jugs to get their drinking water because the district was prevented from beginning construction (on a new well) this summer.
“It’s not online because of one person who has had the tenacity to appeal every permit application on this,” Levin said."
(Photo of the 4,500-gallon water tank at the end of Commodore Webster Drive)
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