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Rope blamed for Poway boil water advisory

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Posted at 7:38 PM, Jan 06, 2020
and last updated 2020-01-06 22:45:34-05

POWAY, Calif. (KGTV) -- A rope is being blamed for December’s weeklong boil water advisory in Poway, according to a newly-released report.

The report says a surge in storm water caused a backflow in the system. A rope stuck inside a gate designed to keep water out of the reservoir allowed the storm water to seep into the area.

As a result of the incident, the affected section of the reservoir had to be disinfected and refilled.

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A boil water was issued November 30 and canceled December 6 as a result of the contamination.

The advisory was issued after residents reported brownish water coming from their faucets on November 29.

The report also goes into detail about what is being done as a result of the advisory. Some of the items listed include replacing gaskets on the gate door and overflow structure and removing debris at the end of storm drain lines.

Click here to read the full report.