Tuesday, August 30, 2016

• Lake Cervera?

Don't get your fishing gear ready just yet, and keep those PWC's dry docked for a bit longer too. 

Though it looks like a lake is forming between Cervera and the Lutheran High School, I'm guessing it's not part of the masterplan. 

In a more serious tone... 

Yesterday I noticed that there was a lot of water collecting in an otherwise parched field, but I had places to go and forgot about it. 

Today, as I was nearing Windsong Valley (right at the corner of Central and Cervera), I happened to see it again, this time a much larger pool of water. 

I got my old iPhone out and used it's video capturing ability.
(Note to self: iPhones suck as video cameras). 

It seemed to be coming straight from the fire hydrant near the corner. 
(See video below)
The ground is quite wet where the sidewalk would be, and I bet many pedestrians have soaked their shoes walking through it.

It also has a bit of a dank smell to it that often accompanies stagnant water.

I wonder who is responsible for hydrant maintenance?

City, county, EVMWD, Cal Fire?


I've since learned that leaky hydrants are EVMWD issues. 

If you come across one, their number is (951) 674-3146. When I called in there was a silly phone maze I had to get through. After about a minute I just started mashing the zero button and got straight to the operator. 

Hey, it's their water bill, you'd think they'd mention the emergency stuff right out of the gate.

By the end of the day, the hydrant had been bagged by EVMWD.

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A neurotic is a man who builds a castle in the air. A psychotic is the man who lives in it. A psychiatrist is the man who collects the rent.
— Jerome Lawrence, 1915-2004

Wildomar Rap built many castles in the sand but never a river in a field.


  1. Thanks for taking the time to investigate. It may be their bill but hey its our precious water.

  2. It's not surprising this leak went unreported for many hours. For one thing, the water district makes it extremely frustrating for people to do the right thing. The city also makes it most difficult, there should be a central number for people to call or text. For a couple of years now I have e-mailed Les Chapman, with Public Works, many issues and he has always seen to it they were taken care of post haste. lchapman@cityofwildomar.org

  3. "many issues" I have a feeling that is not an overstatement and is probably more of an understatement. Poor Les....hopefully he has time for the other 35,000+ citizens.

    1. Come on, those ants at Marna O'Brien aren't going to contact Les themselves.


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