Cal Water says no E. coli in water; limits boiling advisory area

Cal Water officials said today that preliminary water quality test results were negative for E. coli were negative and "only a single hydrant" in the South El Monte area of Los Altos showed the presence of total coliform. They reduced the "boil your water" advisory to an area of a few streets Tues evening (July 28), see map below. 

Officials stopped short of lifting their boiling water advisory entirely and is conducting additional testing. 

Following a repair to a broken water main, Cal Water advised customers July 26 in the South El Monte area of Los Altos to boil water for one minute or use bottled water for drinking and other uses after water samples taken following a main repair tested positive for the contaminants. Crews flushed water lines in the area and began taking follow-up water quality samples in accordance with state Division of Drinking Water protocol.

“We are committed to returning the water system back to normal service as soon as possible; however, we want to ensure it is safe for customers to use for drinking and cooking before we do so,” said Chris Wilson, customer service manager. “We sincerely apologize for this inconvenience.”

Residents who opt for using bottled water during this advisory can bring their receipts for reimbursement to the Cal Water Customer Center at 949 B St., Los Altos, 94024, or mail them to the same address to the attention of Chris Wilson. For questions, call the Cal Water Customer Center at 917-0152.

Cal Water serves about 67,940 people through 18,800 service connections in Los Altos and portions of Cupertino, Los Altos Hills, Mountain View and Sunnyvale. For more information, visit


Bacteria in water supply put Los Altos on high alert

Eliza Ridgeway/Town Crier
In the wake of an E. coli alert, Los Altos resident Lou Dadok stocks up on bottled water at the downtown Safeway.

California Water Service Co. earlier this week enacted emergency response protocol and alerted hundreds of Los Altos customers that their tap water is temporarily unsafe to drink.

Cal Water officials issued a notice July 26 that the company discovered E. coli and total coliform in a portion of the local water supply. The bacteria can make people sick, particularly infants, children, seniors and those with weakened immune systems.


Council initiates intention for $65M bond for community center

Alicia Castro/ Town Crier
Members of the Covington Critters Swim Team turned out in force at the July 14 Los Altos City Council meeting to voice support for a public aquatic center as part of the Hillview center remodel.

Hillview Community Center and Park is one step closer to potential upgrades.

The Los Altos City Council last week unanimously adopted a resolution and ordinance that pave the way for a $65 million general obligation bond to partially fund the recreation-space renovation. The council is scheduled to vote Tuesday on calling for a November bond election.


Palo Alto cyclist dies following MV collision with car

Courtesy of MVPD
A bicyclist died after sustaining injuries from a collision with a car at the intersection of San Antonio Road and El Camino Real.

A bicyclist struck by a car near the intersection of San Antonio Road and El Camino Real has died, Mountain View Police reported Thursday.

Palo Alto resident Eric Palmquist, 63, collided with a Honda Civic July 10 and succumbed to his injuries July 15, according to police and the Santa Clara County Medical Examiner-Coroner’s Office.


Drought takes its toll on local golf courses

Megan V. Winslow/Town Crier
Los Altos Golf & Country Club enacted water-conservation measures on its golf course to offset drought conditions.

Residents who’ve watched their lawns turn brown during the drought will soon have company on the local links.

Los Altos Golf & Country Club and Shoreline Golf Links in Mountain View recently turned off sprinklers to conserve water in light of statewide mandates and recommendations from the county.


Purissima Hills, fire district partner on Neary Tank seismic upgrade

Neary Tank upgrades enable Los Altos Hills to expand its water-storage capabilities.

Come earthquake or wildfire, Los Altos Hills is in fighting shape, thanks to a $3 million seismic upgrade to district water tanks and pipes.

Over the course of approximately two years of design and construction, the Neary Tank Utilization Project extended district pipes by 6,000 linear feet and seismically retrofitted the district’s chief water storage tank, a 3-million-gallon behemoth. In the process, the effort garnered recognition from the American Public Works Association by claiming the Silicon Valley chapter’s Project of the Year Award for 2015.


City hires facilitator to address Senior Commission 'dysfunction'

Division among members of the Los Altos Senior Commission prompted the city to hire a facilitator to “help set the stage for respectful interactions,” according to City Manager Marcia Somers.

During the Los Altos City Council’s mid-year update last week, discussion turned to what some councilmembers described as “dysfunction” on the Senior Commission.


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