Floriston Water Project: SERVPRO Reports
FLORISTON, CA.-- Currently in the “design phase” of a water treatment system, the Floriston Property Owners Association (FPOA) states in a compliance order posted April 5th that it is working on a new system that will “remedy this issue”.
The “issue” is one of water quality. In Floriston--a small, unincorporated town nestled between Reno and Truckee--there is a boil order is currently in effect for all residents.
Before fretting for the town; this is nothing new in Floriston. According to Treasurer and Secretary, Karen Seelhoff, “The town has been on a boil order for over 20 years despite being recognized by the state years ago as having great water,” she goes on to clarify that this was “before the limits of bacteria were reduced to zero and the need for chlorination started us on this huge project.”
Seelhoff says she is the communications, documents, finances and system analysis point-of-contact for upgrading the town, “Basically I am the town manager; playing secretary and treasurer...managing all the necessary documents for the town's organization,” and projects.
Her husband is Floriston’s Mayor, Jerry Stinson, who says Floriston’s water system “doesn’t currently filtrate.” Instead, he says, the town is having to chlorinate, and that “when I came on the [FPOA] board I wanted to change that.” It is his third year as mayor.
The FPOA is comprised of few people; only four main contacts exist on the FPOA’s website. Mayor Stinson’s wife fills two roles, a credit to how small the town is: “Every house is owned and occupied, there’s 42 homes and the population is about 90-95 people,” Stinson said. Seelhoff added that the town's bylaws “limit expansion to our present 42 homes unless changed by a majority vote because of the limitations of our infrastructure …[sic] both water and sewer capacities.”
When asked about how many of those residents were affected by the water quality in town, Stinson explained that he hadn’t heard of any health issues from townspeople. He explained updating the water system is more about remedying an “antiquated system”, than it is about health concerns: “It’s good water, it’s drinkable...There is a boil order, but I don’t know anyone in Floriston who boils it.”
Stinson says that it “won’t be long before we are breaking ground." Seelhoff states that the FPOA is applying for a 2.7 million dollar grant to develop the town's system. "Right now," says the mayor, "I’m working with the engineers and the board, but not so much the community because that’s our [the board’s] responsibility.”
Stinson says it takes time and money for systems to be overhauled and redone, which is why the remainder of those responsibilities with engineers, “will probably be another year and a half”.
Treasurer Seelhoff added that the Mayor performs water monitoring “everyday snow or shine; volunteering over an hour a day to save the town money,” and that they are “looking forward to realizing this dream that has hijacked Jerry's and my life!”
Curious about the new system? “Microfiltration is what its called,” Stinson explains: “what they [the new filters] do is they filter the water, and then--the filters inside the new system are self-cleaning. It’ll wash everything that is in the filters.”
According to the University of Massachusetts’ Center for Agriculture, Food and the Environment, microfiltration is a “process that removes small amounts of suspended material from water,” each filter functioning in either surface or depth capacities. The piece also says that a surface-type filter is often used when an absolute rating is needed, and “should be selected when control of specific-size particles is important, such as the removal of bacteria.”
- The FPOA can be contacted at: http://floristonca.com/contact.htm
- Jerry Stinson, Mayor of Floriston, President of FPOA.
- Karen Seelhoff, Treasurer and Secretary of FPOA.
- University of Massachusetts’ Center for Agriculture, Food and the Environment: https://ag.umass.edu/cafe/fact-sheets/microfiltration-treatment-of-drinking-water-supplies
Byline: Andrea Figueroa
Andrea is a marketing support coordinator with SERVPRO of Reno East / Central Sparks.