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Claim: Woman fell ill after drinking Poway water

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Posted at 5:28 PM, Dec 12, 2019
and last updated 2019-12-12 21:25:04-05

POWAY, Calif. (KGTV) — A Poway woman is taking legal action against the city after she says she fell ill from drinking contaminated water.

The city on Nov. 30 issued a precautionary boil advisory after residents reported brownish water coming from their faucets.

Poway officials reported that a storm drain backed up into a clear well, and said they issued the boil advisory in an abundance of caution. The advisory lasted about a week and was lifted Dec. 6.


Poway attorney Natasha Serino is representing the woman who filed the claim against the city. Serino says she is hearing from other individuals who have fallen ill, and seeks to represent them, along with businesses who lost revenue.

Serino, a Poway resident, said she herself and her two-year-old son were also sickened by the water.

"Personally I felt ill after drinking the water, and my son, I had to take him to urgent care" Serino said. "So just in my own family, because we are Poway residents, I have two small children, it's affecting us as well and other people that we work with."

A spokesman for the city says Poway is aware of the claim and processing it.