Pescadero Remains Under Boil Order

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    AP

    Residents in the rural San Mateo County community of Pescadero are  being asked to continue to boil drinking water after a pump that broke  earlier this week was replaced early Wednesday morning.

        The county's director of public works said the state Department of  Health had yet to deem the water potable, but that the boil notice in effect  was expected to be lifted within one or two days.     More than 100 customers -- including homes, restaurants,  businesses and schools -- lost their water supply when the 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.
        Porter said Thursday morning that the community's 140,000-gallon  storage tank was being replenished at a rate that would take about 40 hours  to reach capacity.
        Public Works and state public health staff are working to  disinfect and test the system's water, and Porter said that parts of the  system may need to be flushed with chlorine to disinfect water in the  distribution system. This could require staff to open some fire hydrants  around Pescadero, he said.