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San Diego tap water declared safe; boil warning lifted

September 11, 2011 | 11:47 am


The water in all San Diego neighorhoods is again safe to drink without boiling, Mayor Jerry Sanders announced Sunday morning.

In the aftermath of Thursday's regional blackout, residents in eight neighborhoods were warned that tap water should be boiled before being used for drinking or cooking.

The outage had caused a loss of pressure in some water pipes, leading to the risk of contamination.

But tests done by city public utilities' department workers at dozens of sampling sites over two days found no contamination, and the boiling warning was lifted, Sanders said.

"We recognize this precaution was an inconvenience for those in the affected neighborhoods," Sanders said. "We're grateful for their patience and cooperation."


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Photo: San Diego skyline during Thursday night's blackout, illuminated only by emergency lights. Credit: Mark J. Terrill / Associated Press