Supervisor Hahn Votes to Initiate Dissolution of Troubled Sativa Water District: Water District customers in Compton and Willowbrook have had brown water running through their taps

Today, Los Angeles County Supervisor Janice Hahn voted in her capacity as member of the Local Agency Formation Commission (LAFCO) to initiate the dissolution of the troubled Sativa Water District. The small district, which serves 1,600 customers in Willowbrook and Compton, had recently had troubles with brown water running through its taps. The motion to initiate the dissolution of the district was approved by the LAFCO board members.

“People have a right to clean, safe water,” said Supervisor Janice Hahn. “Dissolving the Sativa Water District is the first step to ensuring these residents get the clean, drinkable water that they deserve.”

In April, customers reported brown water running through their taps. The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health conducted testing and determined that while the brown water posed no health risks, it did contain high levels of manganese. The brown water has prevented many customers from drinking, cooking, or bathing in the water and forced many to switch to using costly bottled water.

A LAFCO staff report found that the Sativa Water Board suffers from ongoing operational issues, including a lack of adequate water sources and storage capacity, an absence of water meters, aging water mains, inadequate operational and management resources, and an inactive contaminated well that needs to be properly destroyed.

Supervisor Hahn asked for an amendment to the staff recommendation to explore a ratepayer subsidy to help relieve the cost burden of needed repairs and upgrades to the system. Her amendment passed unanimously.