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Watch out for mosquitoes!

Watch out for mosquitoes!

The San Joaquin County Mosquito & Vector Control District warns residents that recent rain and warming temperatures are ideal conditions for mosquito production. Mosquitoes develop in standing water.

District manager John Stroh said, "We need all residents of San Joaquin County to check their property for any standing water. It takes only a tiny amount of water to breed mosquitoes."

Containers, old tires, leaking faucets, children's toys, tarps, buckets, and wheel-barrows are among items property owners should inspect.

Neglected pools are also prime breeding places for mosquitoes. If you are unable to properly maintain your swimming pool or know of one that is not maintained, call the San Joaquin County Mosquito and Vector Control District for assistance.

City's annual water system flushing begins Feb. 13

City's annual water system flushing begins Feb. 13

STOCKTON - The City of Stockton Municipal Utilities Department will conduct annual flushing of the city's water systems from Feb. 13, 2011 through mid-March.

Water distribution systems require regular flushing to remove sand and mineral deposits that accumulate in pipelines over time. During the course of flushing, customers may experience slight discoloration of water if a faucet is turned on during or shortly after the pipelines are flushed. If this occurs, customers are asked to leave the faucet on for a few minutes until the water clears. Flushing activities will occur between 10 p.m. and 5 a.m.

Flushing in the areas of Arch Road, Sperry Road, Mathews Road, French Camp Road and Weston Ranch will take place Feb. 13 - Feb. 18; areas south of Eight Mile Road, west of the Union Pacific Railroad, and north of the Calaveras River will be flushed, Feb.

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Did you say free tune-up?

Did you say free tune-up?

STOCKTON - Local environmental organization "Valley CAN" is proud to sponsor a car clean up outreach effort dubbed "Tune in and Tune Up," to help eliminate mobile source polutants generated by older vehicles in the San Joaquin Valley.

The free event will be held on Saturday, Jan. 22 from 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. at San Joaquin Delta College at 5151 Pacific Avenue. Drivers should go to the S1 and S2 parking lots near Pershing Avenue and Burke Bradley Road.

Vehicles will be tested using a handheld device and if your car is a high-polluter or needs to be smog checked, Valley CAN will give you a $500 coupon to repair your vehicle. No paperwork, no reporting, no government entities will be involved or contacted.