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Water District asking residents to conserve water on Wednesday

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The Humboldt Bay Municipal Water District is asking most North Coast residents to conserve water on Wednesday.

"We’re going to be replacing two critical isolation valves tomorrow,” General Manager Carol Rische said. “It's not an emergency situation, but they're valves that need to be replaced."

Rische said the current valves are more than 50 years old. The project is slated to start at 6 a.m. and should take about 14 hours to complete.

"To facilitate this project— we have to shut off our entire regional supply for the water system," She said.

Water is expected to shut off for about 12 hours, which means they won’t be able to fill the reserves during that time.

"So we're working with the municipalities, the cities of Eureka, Arcata, Fieldbrook, Manila and McKinleyville to top off the local reservoirs,” Rische said.

That doesn’t mean that residents can’t use water— they can. The District is asking the public to minimize their use in case anything goes wrong.

“Just to help us get through the event,” She said. “We just want to raise awareness that there's no way we can replenish those local reservoirs."

A portion of West End Road will be dug up, so the valves can be replaced. Rische adds the project will cost about $30,000.

"It's funded in our regular budget,” She said “It's actually not that expensive compared to some of our other capital improvement projects."