LA CRESCENTA — Plans for a $1.1-million grant-funded facility to strip a toxic gasoline additive from a Crescenta Valley underground water well will be suspended after tests showed minimal levels of the contaminant.
The Crescenta Valley Water District Board of Directors had been pressing ahead with the treatment facility for Methyl tert-butyl ether, known as MTBE, at a well located at the corner of Pennsylvania and Mills avenues, but state officials said that without proving high levels of the toxin, the district wouldn’t get the grant.
District officials on Tuesday released results of the five-day test that showed levels of MTBE that were far below state and federal standards.
Now, officials say they will move to get the well — which has been out of service since 2008 — turned on as soon as possible and reevaluate plans for the treatment facility.
Last year alone, the district saw increased costs of roughly $600,000 — mostly due to imported water — because of the well being out of service.