For Immediate Release
Sergeant Anthony Prencipe
Just after 8 a.m. on January 23, the body of a man was located from EID’s untreated raw water conduit in Pollock Pines. At this time, The El Dorado County Sheriff’s Office is working to recover the body.
EID received notice from the El Dorado County Sheriff’s Office on January 22 that a man had entered into EID’s Camino Conduit pipe that carries raw water from Jenkinson Lake to EID’s water treatment plant 1.5 miles away.
District staff began to reduce flows while emergency responders searched for the missing man. The reduction in flows and subsequent request for conservation from customers was to manage health and safety flows to EID customers and maintain the integrity of the system.
EID, The El Dorado County Sheriff’s Office and emergency responders worked into the night before the rescue mission transitioned to a recovery effort.
EID is asking that conservation continue until 5 p.m. at which time normal water operations will resume.
“Our thoughts and prayers go out to this man’s family,” said EID General Manager Jim Abercrombie. “EID thanks its customers and community for its patience during the call for conservation. The district takes providing safe water to customers as a sacred trust and there was never an issue with the safety of the drinking water during this incident.”