Napa County wildfires bring water quality challenges

Read the full story in the Napa Valley Register.

Napa County’s recent spate of wildfires is that rare case when fire can hurt water.

Communities must deal with potentially water-fouling ash and erosion in coming months. The city of Napa, Calistoga, Yountville and the Veterans Home of California at Yountville all saw fires burn up to the shores of their reservoirs.

Though none of the communities is without drinking water, the situation could at the very least pose water treatment challenges as the rainy season kicks in, officials said.

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