On Thursday (5/21), Alameda’s water shortage just became even more dire after vandals destroyed an inflatable dam on Alameda Creek, causing nearly 50 million gallons of water to spill into San Francisco Bay.
According to officials from the Alameda County Water District, the amount of water lost would have been enough to serve 500 families for a whole year.
“This is a very significant loss of water under any circumstances, and more so in the drought conditions we are experiencing… It is an utterly senseless, destructive, and wasteful thing to do,”
ACWD General Manager Robert Shaver told CBS San Francisco.
Local police say that vandals did irreparable damage to the dam after breaking into a restricted area in the early hours of Thursday morning. According to CBS, the dam was,
“…holding back the water which was supposed to go into the Niles Cone Groundwater Basin where residents and businesses in Newark, Union City, and Fremont could access the critically needed supplies. 81,000 customers are in that area.”
The senseless act of vandalism is certainly a blow for Alameda, but the County Water District says that there is still enough water to handle Alameda’s needs for the foreseeable future.
“While the water loss was substantial, the District does not believe it will have a long-term impact on its water supply operations,” the ACWD said in a press release. Officials estimate that replacing the dam will cost about $3 million.
Read more from CBS San Francisco.