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Residents of neighborhood near Indio warned not to drink tap water because of contamination

December 16, 2010 |  7:23 pm

Riverside County officials on Thursday warned a neighborhood near Indio not to drink the tap water, saying tests show the water has elevated levels of perchlorate, a chemical used in rocket fuel and munitions that authorities said may pose a health risk.

The contaminate was found in water supplied by the Boe del Heights Mutual Water Co. to about 120 homes.

Officials with the county Department of Environmental Health warned residents not to drink the water or use it for making infant formula. Officials said the water still may be used for showers and bathing, but encouraged the use of bottled water for preparing food.

The county has contacted the Indio Water Authority to determine if the neighborhood can be served with an emergency connection to that agency’s water supply.

ALSO:

Barstow residents advised not to drink tap water because of possible contamination

Water ban lifted in half of Barstow, but fears remain high

State water officials probe source of Barstow contamination

-- Phil Willon in Riverside

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