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Boil-Water Orders Still in Effect for Some East and North Inland Areas of County

Water contamination alerts are in effect in some areas after Thursday's massive blackout.

Although boil-water alerts for certain areas of the city of San Diego were lifted Sunday as the city's tap water was found to be free of contamination, there are still boil water alerts for some unincorporated areas.

The lifting of the city alerts came after two days of comprehensive tests from the Public Utilities Department and the California Department of Public Health, which detected no contaminants in city water. The City of San Diego initially issued a boil water order to include much of the city, from Otay Mesa to Rancho Bernardo.

County officials then noted low water pressure from last week's blackout had made water possibly contaminated in some small water systems in East County and North County.

Ramona residents have NOT been asked to boil water. However, the County of San Diego, Department of Environmental Health (DEH) has issued supplemental Boil Water Orders and Public Notifications for the following areas from Tecate to Julian:  

Campo Alternative School located at, 31360 Dewey Place, Campo, CA 91906

Campo Elementary School located at 1654 Buckman Springs Road, Campo, CA 91906

El Capitan Reservoir Recreation Area located at 16850 El Monte Road, Lakeside, CA 92040

Highland East Trailer Park located at 39375 Old Hwy 80, Boulevard, CA 91905                        

Julian Oaks Youth Ministries located at 1298 Hwy 78, Julian, CA 92036

Muir Industries located at 441 Tecate Road, Tecate, CA 91980

Potrero Elementary School located at 24875 Potrero Valley Road, Potrero, CA 91963

San Luis Rey Picnic Ground located at Hwy 76, Santa Ysabel, CA 92070

On Sept. 9, the DEH issued Boil Water Alerts for the following locations:

1000 Trails Oakzanita Springs located at 11053 Hwy 79, Descanso, CA 91916

Alpine Oaks Estates located at 3505 Alpine Blvd., Alpine, CA 91901

Butterfield Ranch located at 14925 Great Southern Overland, Julian, CA 92036

Calexico Lodge located at 40248 Old Hwy 80, Boulevard, CA 91905

El Monte County Park located at 15805 El Monte Road, Lakeside, CA 92040

H & J Water Company located at 4835 Belvedere Drive, Julian, CA 92036

Louis Stelzer County Park located at 11470 Wildcat Canyon Road, Lakeside, CA 92040

Mt. Empire RV Park located at 29149 Hwy 94, Campo, CA 91906

Oak Knoll Village located at 31718 South Grade Road, Pauma Valley, CA 92061

Due to the recent , these public water systems lost pressure in the water distribution system. As a precaution, Boil Water Orders are being issued until laboratory results show the water is free from bacterial contamination. The Boil Water Orders will remain in effect until the distribution systems have been disinfected and samples confirm the absence of bacteria in the water supply.

greg Chick September 12, 2011 at 02:41 AM
Is the reason Ramona has no notice a Board decision of RMWD ? or a separate system not connected to the issues at large is source for Ramona? Who issues the notice and why? Lets not mix politics and Health.
Julie Pendray September 12, 2011 at 03:32 PM
Good question. I've forwarded it to the RMWD and I'll post the response. From the list above, it appears that many of the boil-water alerts in East/North Inland county were for recreational areas.
Julie Pendray September 12, 2011 at 04:28 PM
David Barnum of the RMWD district has responded that: RMWD staff is required to check, maintain & report water quality to the appropriate local, state and federal regulatory agencies. The role of board is to set policy, not the daily operations of the RMWD. If water quality were degraded, staff would call for a boil alert as required by the law & staff would notify the public and the board immediately. "There was never any real issue of water quality that would have required a boil alert during the most recent SDG&E outage. Thank you for being very clear with your readers that "RAMONA IS NOT AFFECTED BY THE RECENT BOIL ALERTS IN OTHER AGENCIES".

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