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City Annual Water System Flushing Will Occur in February and March

City Annual Water System Flushing Will Occur in February and March

 

The City of Stockton Municipal Utilities Department will conduct annual flushing of the City’s water systems, February 18, 2013 through mid-March.

Water distribution systems require regular flushing to remove sand and mineral deposits that accumulate in the pipelines over time.  During the course of flushing, customers may experience slight discoloration of water if a faucet is turned on during or shortly after the pipelines are flushed.  If this occurs, customers are asked to turn on a faucet outside the house, using the faucet that is closest to the water meter, for a few minutes until the water clears.

Pacific in running for country’s most environmentally conscious university

Pacific in running for country’s most environmentally conscious university

The University of the Pacific this week was named one of the “Sustainable 16” for its “excellence in environmental academics and sustainability practices.”

Pacific and the other 15 colleges and universities now are in contention to be named “National Champion” in the second annual Environmental March Madness Tournament, sponsored by Enviance Inc., in partnership with GreenBiz Group and Qualtrics.

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Gusty winds prompt health caution

Gusty winds prompt health caution

Blowing dust poses potential health concern on Valley’s west side

Gusty winds over the western San Joaquin Valley have prompted local air-pollution officials to issue a health cautionary statement through late afternoon.

As rain moves through the Valley, health concerns related to particulate pollution will subside. Rain, already beginning in the north Valley, is expected to reach Kern County by late afternoon.

Winds may produce areas of localized blowing dust, which can result in unhealthy concentrations of particulate matter 10 microns and smaller (PM10). Exposure to particulate pollution can cause serious health problems, aggravate lung disease, trigger asthma attacks and bronchitis, and increase risk of respiratory infections.

Check Before You Burn begins 10th season

Check Before You Burn begins 10th season

Annual fireplace program keeps winter air cleaner

The 10th season of an important wintertime pollution-reduction program begins Thurs., Nov. 1.

Because of Valley residents’ ongoing efforts and understanding of the importance of changing long-ingrained habits in ways that reduce emissions, Check Before You Burn has resulted in historically clean wintertime air quality in the Valley over the past several years. The wood-burning curtailment program is critical in minimizing levels of harmful particulate matter (PM) in the eight-county air basin.

“Thanks to the public’s support and cooperation, this rule is the single most-effective, lowest-cost regulation on record in the Valley,” said Seyed Sadredin, the District’s executive director and air pollution control officer. “It is absolutely imperative to improved air quality.”

Check Before You Burn – It’s back

Check Before You Burn – It’s back

Rule 4901, the pioneering residential wood-burning regulation which the San Joaquin Valley Air District was first in the state to adopt, returns to active duty on Nov. 1 for the 10th “Check Before You Burn” season.

The rule, which requires that residential wood burning be curtailed in each Valley county forecast to be in danger of exceeding the federal health standard for fine particulate matter (PM2.5), is recognized for reducing PM2.5 levels since 2003.

It is also credited as playing a major role in the Valley’s PM10 attainment in 2006.

Residential wood burning is the largest source of PM during winter months, emitting an average of 17 tons per day Valley-wide.

Stagnant winter conditions in the Valley keep PM at ground level, often building to high concentrations. Exposure can cause lung infections, aggravate asthma, and increase the risk of heart attacks and strokes.

Stockton man fined $100,000 for unlawful refilling and transporting of compressed natural gas

Stockton man fined $100,000 for unlawful refilling and transporting of compressed natural gas

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — On Tuesday, October 2, 2012, United States District Judge John Mendez sentenced James Richard Giles, 59, of Stockton, to a $100,000 fine and five years of supervised release for willful and unlawful refilling of a compressed natural gas cylinder that was overdue for its five-year requalification and then offering it for transportation, United States Attorney Benjamin B. Wagner announced

Unusual conditions prompt new Air Alert

Unusual conditions prompt new Air Alert

High temps, emissions push ozone levels up

Unusual late-season high temperatures and stagnant atmospheric conditions, combined with vehicle emissions, have prompted local air officials to declare the second Air Alert of the year, Saturday through Wednesday.

Air Alerts are declared Valley-wide when conditions are favorable for ozone levels to exceed the federal 1-hour ozone standard unless action is taken to prevent them from increasing.

“Thanks to the public’s understanding of this issue and their efforts to reduce emissions, we’ve had a good summer so far, and we’re on track for the first August and September ever with no one-hour ozone exceedances,” said Seyed Sadredin, the Air District’s executive director and air pollution control officer. “But we’re facing abnormal conditions this week and it’s critical to minimize our emissions.”