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Health officials lift Barstow water ban, except for one building

State health officials Tuesday lifted a ban drinking water in Barstow with the exception of a veterans home.

Officials have said that perchlorate, a chemical used in rocket fuel and munitions, may have contaminated the city water supply for months.

Test results that prompted the water ban and a state of emergency in the San Bernardino County town came from samples taken at the neighboring Marine Corps Logistics Base in August.  The contamination was confirmed Thursday, triggering an areawide "do not drink" order.

Before drinking tap water, Barstow residents are advised to do the following:

  • Flush all hot and cold water taps in homes for about five minutes.
  • Empty hot water heaters by running the hot water until it becomes cold. Customers with tankless water heaters should run hot water for 10 minutes.
  • Dispose of any juice or ice made with tap water.

Officials said they were working to lift the ban at the city's veteran's home.

-- Robert J. Lopez


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