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Aug 6, 2014 9:37 PM by Charlie Misra

Water back on at Vandenberg Air Force Base after water line break

The water is back on at Vandenberg Air Force Base after a contractor accidentally broke a water line yesterday afternoon.

That break has now been fixed and air force officials say people there can use the water for sanitation purposes. But boiled tap water or bottled water should still only be used for drinking and cooking.

Air Force officials say there is no estimate on how long it will take before the water is deemed safe to drink.

The base's bionevironmental engineer says there are no contaminants in the water.

But officials are advising people to take precautions anyway until lab testing of the water is finished.

There is no timetable for that.

Officials say more than 100 facilities were affected by the break.

"Facilities range from main cantonment area which is where most folks live and work, all the way to the south base," said Lt. Col. Lefty Pakulski.

"Our in-house utility shop our civil engineer airmen are the ones that spent the entire night isolating and then repairing the broken line," said Pakulski.

Pakulski says less than 2 percent of the base's daily water consumption was lost because of the break. He says the water was from Vandenberg's own supply, not state water.

He says the line has been repaired and officials are monitoring it closely.

He says so far, it's been holding up well.

The medical treatment facility and the youth center on base will be open for normal business starting Thursday.



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