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Poway issues precautionary boil water advisory

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Posted at 7:57 PM, Nov 30, 2019
and last updated 2019-12-01 20:24:06-05

POWAY (KGTV) - The City of Poway has issued a precautionary boil water advisory.

The city says it believes the recent storm possibly compromised the potable drinking water system.

As a precaution, the city is advising resident to boil tap water or use bottled water for drinking or cooking until further notice.

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“We are taking all of the necessary steps to address this situation,” said City Manager Chris Hazeltine, in a release. “Restoring normal water service is our top priority.”

Poway residents first reported the discolored water on Friday, November 29.

Officials went out to the homes where the initial calls came from to test the water's chlorine residuals, which is a strong indicator for water quality. The chlorine residuals were well within standards, according to the city.

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Still, because of discoloration, Poway decided to issue the boil water advisory.

Bottled water will be given out at Lake Poway starting Sunday, December 1 at 7 a.m.

The advisory also sparked concerns as Monday nears.

"We wanted to reassure our families that we are aware of the city of Poway's boil-water advisory and that we have taken precautions so that our schools located in Poway will remain open on Monday,'' the district said in a message sent to Poway residents Sunday.

Meanwhile, restaurants throughout Poway posted notes on front doors making known that they were closed due to the advisory.

Poway Unified Schools will be open Monday. Some schools are suggesting their students bring water bottles and hand sanitizer soaps.

Click here for more information from the City of Poway on the advisory.