Accidental damage to Shandon’s water system
Boil Water Notice in effect By: Staff Report – Updated: 1 hour ago SAN LUIS OBISPO COUNTY — On Tuesday, Dec. 19 at approximately 9 a.m. a contractor working near the San Juan Creek Bridge on Centre Street in Shandon accidentally damaged a main water line.
When water system pressure returns the County of San Luis Obispo Department of Public Works is advising residents of Shandon — County Service Area 16 — to use boiled tap water or bottled water for drinking and cooking purposes as a safety precaution until laboratory testing results are available on Thursday, Dec. 21.
DO NOT DRINK THE WATER WITHOUT BOILING IT FIRST.
Boiled or bottled water should be used for drinking and food preparation until further notice.
Boiling kills bacteria and other organisms in the water.
To do so, add 8 drops (or 1/8 teaspoon) of bleach per gallon of clear water or 16 drops (or 1/4 teaspoon) per gallon of cloudy water, mix thoroughly, and allow it to stand for 30 minutes before using.
A chlorine-like taste and odor will result from this disinfection procedure and is an indication that adequate disinfection has taken place.
Efforts to isolate the break from other portions of the water system are underway, including the provision of State Water to areas east of the bridge.
They anticipate resolving the problem by the end of the week.
You can do this by posting this notice in a public place or distributing copies by hand or mail.