IID director lambasts study suggesting canal water contaminated

The Imperial Irrigation District board of directors is fuming over a study that may suggest water delivered by canals in Imperial County, such as that seen here east of Heber, could be contaminated by industrial and agriculture runoff, and therefore place the health of customers downstream at potential risk. PHOTO CHRIS McDANIEL

EL CENTRO — Norma Sierra Galindo, Division 5 director is fuming over a study that may suggest water delivered by canals in Imperial County could be contaminated by industrial and agriculture runoff and therefore could place the health of customers downstream at potential risk.

“The results of this study can have devastating impacts to Imperial Valley farms and vulnerable communities due to inaccurately collected water-quality data,” Galindo said during the board’s regular meeting on Sept. 11. “If our water supply were to be called to question by an inaccurate study, country living may become unaffordable, and produce farmers and workers could suffer the extreme impact of quarantined crops for fear of chemical or biological contamination due to food safety concerns and cautions, when in fact no such contamination exists in main or lateral canals … servicing the farms and rural homes.”

Staff Writer Chris McDaniel can be reached at cmcdaniel@ivpressonline.com or 760-337-3440.

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