Pescadero: Order to Boil Tap Water Lifted

Saturday, Aug 27, 2011  |  Updated 7:16 AM PDT
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Pescadero: Order to Boil Tap Water Lifted

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The tap water is safe to drink now.

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Pescadero residents can stop boiling their drinking water after local tap water supplies were given the all-clear.

San Mateo County officials said Friday that residents of the rural unincorporated coastal community, who have been under orders to boil all drinking and cooking water since Tuesday, could once again start using water straight from the tap.

More than 100 customers -- including homes, restaurants, businesses and schools -- lost their water supply when a pump stopped functioning late Monday night or early Tuesday morning, according to San Mateo County Public Works Director Jim Porter.

After initial efforts to repair the pump failed, its replacement was ordered and shipped from Salinas, some 70 miles away, Porter said. Public Works staff worked through the night to extend a well intake pipe and install the replacement pump, which was put in operation shortly after midnight Tuesday.

The order to boil water remained in effect, however, while county and state officials disinfected and tested the system's water.

Bay City News contributed to this report.

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