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. As a result, the water system lost pressure. To protect public health a Boil Water Notice has been issued by the State Water Resources Control Board, Division of Drinking Water, in conjunction with the County of San Luis Obispo Department of Public Works.
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.
Failure to follow this advisory could result in stomach or intestinal illness.
DO NOT DRINK THE WATER WITHOUT BOILING IT FIRST. Bring all water to a boil, let it boil for one (1) minute, and let it cool before using, or use bottled water. Boiled or bottled water should be used for drinking and food preparation until further notice. Boiling kills bacteria and other organisms in the water.
An alternative method of disinfection for residents that are not able to boil their water is to use fresh, unscented, liquid household bleach. 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. Water disinfection tablets may also be used by following the manufacturer’s instructions.
County crews are on site excavating the damaged water line and will continue working until the water system is restored. 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.
County of San Luis Obispo Department of Public Works will inform residents when tests show that water is safe to drink and you no longer need to boil your water. They anticipate resolving the problem by the end of the week.
County of San Luis Obispo Department of Public Works and the Shadon water system is committed to ensuring that an adequate quantity of clean, wholesome, and potable water is delivered to you. They recommend that you discuss the information in the boil water notice with members of your family to assure that all family members are prepared should water outages or low water pressure occur.
Please share this information with all the other people who drink this water, especially those who may not have received this notice directly (for example, people in apartments, nursing homes, schools, and businesses). You can do this by posting this notice in a public place or distributing copies by hand or mail.
For questions please contact: Public Works Water Systems Superintendent, Mark Chiaramonte at 781-1186 or Faith Zenker, Water Quality Laboratory Manager at 781-5111.