Residents of west Goshen again have running water to their homes but are being told not to drink it until bacteria levels go down.
The tap water contains non-fecal coliform found in soil that entered the system through broken well pipes, said Jessi Snyder, community development specialist at Self-Help Enterprises in Visalia, which is trying to help the community find a permanent fix.
Water lines are being flushed and the water chlorinated to bring total coliform to acceptable levels, she said.
But West Goshen Mutual Water Co.'s aging system is falling apart. The company has two 50-year-old wells that are "at the end of their useful life," Snyder said. One is considered unrepairable, while the other has been temporarily fixed.
Snyder said the area of 80 homes west of Goshen needs two new wells -- a primary well and a backup. Another possibility is hooking up to California Water Service Co. lines in Goshen, about a mile and half away.