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Water at one county park temporarily unsafe without boiling


November 15, 2013
Drinking water at Wilderness Gardens County Park is currently unsafe to drink without boiling.

Water available for public use at the park — located at 14209 Highway 76 in Pala, Calif. — has tested positive for bacteria which renders it unsafe until further notice, according to a statement from the San Diego County Department of Environmental Health. Water must be boiled until supplies are disinfected and additional tests confirm its safety.

"The drinking water system has tested present for total coliform bacteria and absent for E. Coli. Total coliform bacteria can come from soils and other sources in the environment," the statement reads.

Shannon Singler, who has worked for the county department of parks and recreation for three years, told the Valley Roadrunner that while contamination has not happened at Wilderness Gardens in the recent past it is not an uncommon problem within the county. She added that officials run daily tests on water supplies with problems typically resolved within two to three days.

"We will run tests throughout the course of the day and through the weekend they will continue to test the water," she said.

Wilderness experts recommend that unsafe water be boiled for at least 15-20 minutes before drinking. Longer boiling periods increase safety.

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