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UPDATE: Boil Water notice canceled in Shandon

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UPDATE (3:45 p.m.)  The SLO County Public Works Department has canceled the boil water notice for residents in Shandon.  Officials say testing indicates the water is now safe to drink and it's no longer necessary for residents to boil tap water or consume bottled water. 

Because water flow was disrupted, Officials warn your water may be discolored due to flushing the system to remove sediment and to maintain water quality and clarity.  Discolored water is not a health hazard.   

The Department of Public works recommends running the hot and cold water faucets in your home for five to ten minutes to clear any discolored water from your pipes.   

Officials encourage anyone who may be excavating or working around water lines to follow all construction protocols and precautions. 


ORIGINAL: SLO County Public Works officials are urging Shandon residents to continue boiling water or using bottled water for drinking and cooking purposes. 

The Boil Water Notice was issued Tuesday, December 19 after a contractor working near the San Juan Creek Bridge on Centre Street accidentally damaged a main water line that morning. As a result, the water system lost pressure.

Public works crews fixed the damaged line that same day but Shandon residents were advised to still use bottled or boiled water through Thursday. 

Water testing results came back from the lab Thursday and showed "no bacteriological contamination in the system," according to officials. 

However, county officials say the tests showed elevated levels of turbidity in the water. Turbidity refers to the clarity of water. 

Public works crews will continue flushing and testing the water until it is completely safe to drink and use for cooking.  

It's not clear when the water will be okay to consume. 

Residents are asked to continue boiling water or using bottled water until further notice. 

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