Pico Rivera to upgrade well security

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECasino Insider: Here’s a look at San Manuel’s new high limit rooms, Asian restaurant160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! PICO RIVERA – Ten city water-well sites will receive new security improvements, including surveillance cameras, wrought-iron fences and alarm systems at many of the facilities, officials said Tuesday. City Council members have approved spending $225,000 for security upgrades at the well sites, where hazardous chlorine gas is stored and used as part of water treatment processes. The city’s Water Authority serves more than 35,000 residents. “We have never had an accident, but it should give our residents more peace of mind knowing we have taken these extra precautions,” said Councilman Ron Beilke. Some of the well sites now are protected by chain-link fences. However, a recent article in this newspaper described how trespassers had cut holes in at least one fence protecting a water pumping station and had painted graffiti on the outside of the facility. Other well sites are protected by block walls, which now will be capped with 2-foot-tall wrought-iron fences. “In total, all 10 well sites will get improved fencing,” said Michael Moore, public works director. Some well sites that now have wooden doors will receive stronger doors. Moore said the new improvements were “one of the things we have been trying to get to,” but had not been able to until now. According to a city report, officials completed a security assessment of the wells in 2004. The report was mandated by the federal government after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. “We had looked at where improvements were needed and pitched the need for funding to Chuck Fuentes before he was city manager. But then the fire happened and we had to hold off,” said Moore, referring to a fire in November that destroyed a bridge at Beverly Boulevard. Officials are using money from the city’s general fund and various grants to pay for the security improvements at the wells, Beilke said. Work on the new measures should begin in April and be completed in about six months, Moore said. [email protected] (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3028last_img read more