Unsafe to drink: Wildfires threaten rural towns with tainted water

25 November 2020

The damage to water systems can linger for years. The cost in just one small town: as much as $150 million.

For more than a month after a wildfire raced through his lakeside community and destroyed his Napa County home, Kody Petrini couldn’t drink the water from the taps. He wasn’t even supposed to boil it.

And, worried about harming his 16-month-old, Petrini wouldn’t wash his youngest son Levi with it. Instead, he took the extraordinary precaution of bathing him in bottled water.

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