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Spreading grounds still not ready to divert water

Perry Van Houten, Ojai Valley News reporter
The San Antonio Creek Spreading Grounds could be back in operation in time for the rainy season, according to officials with the Ventura County Watershed Protection District (WPD).
But first, engineers must solve a problem that kept the facility from diverting creek water to the groundwater basin following the Thomas Fire.
In March, high sediment levels in storm runoff clogged equipment and prevented the $2.8-million system from diverting an estimated 3.7 million gallons.
Engineers are working to find a clean source of water to keep the equipment from plugging.

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