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Pala’s Drinking Water Quality

Every year, the Pala Environmental Department is required to release a report on the quality of Pala’s drinking water. We are happy to share this year’s report with you, which you should also be receiving in the mail if you are a Pala resident. Click on the link to 2014 Pala CCR or on the images below to view the report. If you have any questions, you can contact our Water Quality Specialist, Heidi Brow.

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Tired of Tires? Let Us Help!

Did you know that you can dispose of old tires at the Pala Transfer Station? We have waste tire clean-ups a few times a year, but you can drop your tires off with us any time! Here’s what you need to know about waste tire disposal.


Why are waste tires an issue?

There are approximately 290 million waste tires generated annually in the United States. California generates approximately 40 million waste tires annually. This large amount of waste creates unique disposal issues. Here are a few examples of common issues related to waste tires:

  • The large amount of waste tires generated annually.
  • Illegal dumping or improper disposal methods.
  • Ownership liability of waste tires exists until final disposal.
  • Stockpiling of waste tires creates environments for mice, mosquitos, and other vermin to thrive.
  • Tire fires start because the surrounding vegetation catches on fire. Residue from tires fires is a toxic mixture of chemicals.

ee0c0e26cd7e418e072e3ac34b53ac58e35b6a0aWhat should I do with my old tires?

  • There are many options available for the proper disposal of used/waste tires.
  • The general public is allowed to self transport no more than 9 used/waste tires to a landfill or transfer station for disposal.
  • If you have more than 10 used/waste tires, a registered hauler must be used. Registered used/waste tire haulers can be found at the CalRecycle website.
  • If your business generates waste tires you must obtain an ID number from CalRecycle by calling 1-866-896-0600.
  • Used/waste tires are NOT to be disposed of in the trash.

How are used/waste tires disposed?

There are three main markets for the disposal of used/waste tires:

  1. Tire Derived Fuel (TDF): Although using waste tires as fuel is not technically recycling, tires produce 25% more energy than coal and the ash residue can contain a lower heavy metal content than coal.
  2. Civil Engineering Applications: Used/waste tires are shredded and the material derived is used as light weight fill material for road embankments and landfill projects.
  3. Ground Rubber Applications: The largest market for ground rubber is the blending of ground rubber with asphalt as either part of the asphalt rubber binder; seal coat; joint and crack sealant; or aggregate substitute. Arizona and California utilize the most asphalt rubber in road construction followed closely by Florida.


Where can I take my waste tires?

To properly dispose of or recycle your waste tires, take them to your local tire retailer or recycling center. Pala residents are encouraged to drop off waste tires at the Pala Transfer Station.

  • All tire types and rims are accepted.
  • There is no fee for drop-off.
  • Will accept up to 9 tires at a time from individuals.
  • If you have more than 9 waste tires please call.
  • Will not accept any waste tires from businesses.

Need more information? Contact our environmental technician, Antonio Lovato. Help us keep Pala clean and safe by properly disposing of your waste tires!


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Tips about Ticks

Kurt Broz, Pala’s wildlife biologist, has first-hand experience with ticks. Here is his list of helpful information and advice to help you learn about and avoid these tiny pests.

Ticks are out in full force this year. Unfortunately, much of the information being passed around on disease and prevention is incomplete or false. Check out these fast facts about ticks to help you and your pets stay safe during summer fun.

  1. California has a few tick species. The two species most often encountered are the dog tick and the black legged tick.
  2. Several diseases can be passed by ticks. The most common ones seen in California are Lyme disease, relapsing fever, tularemia, and Rocky Mountain spotted fever.
  3. Lyme disease is likely only passed on by black legged ticks in California, not the larger dog ticks.
  4. None of the home or herbal remedies designed to repel ticks seem to work – including vinegar, eucalyptus, and essential oils. I’ve personally seen ticks questing (looking for hosts) on eucalyptus, sage, and other highly aromatic plants. I’ve also seen people using these home remedies being bitten by ticks.
  5. Why don’t they work? Ticks don’t just rely on scent to find you or your dog. They can find hosts through vibrations, moisture, your exhaled breath (CO2), and heat. It doesn’t matter what you smell like.
  6. Insect repellents that contain DEET work, but are probably not 100% effective.
  7. Permethrin absolutely works to repel ticks, and I’ve used it successfully. It is a spray that can be applied to clothing and affects the nervous system of ticks and other invertebrates, but is perfectly safe for humans and dogs. Don’t spray it directly on your skin, but rather on clothing and let it dry before wearing. It is safe around birds and dogs – don’t spray it directly on your dog – but is NOT safe around cats or aquatic animals like fish. Ticks that do attempt to cling to your clothes will fall off quickly, damaged by the insecticide.
  8. HOW TO REMOVE A TICK: Don’t burn them, smother them, or anything other than just pulling them out. The safest, most effective way to remove a tick is to pull them out using tweezers. Get as close to the front of the tick near your skin as you can and yank straight out. Clean the bite with soap, water, and any topical disinfectants you want.
  9. WHAT TO DO IF I’M BITTEN: Watch the area around the bite for strange marks or an allergic reaction. If you have any concern, see a doctor.
  10. DON’T PANIC! Most diseases, like Lyme disease, of major concern spread by ticks need an incubation period for transmission. A tick generally needs to have bitten you for many hours for the disease to cross from the tick to you. For Lyme disease, a tick probably needs to be biting you for 24 hours to pass on the disease. I’ve had to pull way too many ticks off of me after hiking and have never gotten sick from a tick.
  11. You can also help prevent ticks around your home. Ticks can also bite other mammals like rodents, so keeping your yard free of trash that might attract rodents is helpful. Snakes, predatory birds, bobcats, and coyotes all help control rodents. Also, making your yard friendly to small animals like birds and lizards that eat ticks can help keep your family safe. Keep grasses mowed or removed from your yard as ticks often congregate in grasses to wait for new hosts.

Though ticks may seem gross, they are a natural part of our ecosystems. The best way to stay safe during tick season is to stay vigilant. If you hike or work in the yard, check yourself after you get back. Ticks like to bite in hard to reach areas, like under a belt, beneath some hair, or on the back. If your dogs are outside, be sure to check them too! Ticks love to bite around the ears and under collars. Just don’t let ticks ruin your fun!