Mayor Vaus distributes free water bottles at Lake Poway during boil water order
POWAY (KUSI) – The drinking water emergency in Poway continued today. It prompted officials to distribute thousands of cases of bottled water to effected residents, including at the Poway Civic Center.
The cars and the pickup trucks at City Hall began lining up shortly before the 7 a.m. start time. And the procession of vehicles continued throughout the day. A similar flow was taking place over at Lake Poway, which started things off on Sunday. It was last Friday, following our second major rainstorm of the season, that some residents noticed discolored water coming out of their taps. After the city investigated, the notice to residents went out Saturday: Bottled or boiled water only until further notice.
50,000 residents are being impacted, not to mention Poway schools, which were open Monday with bottled water available in lieu of fountains. What’s more, hundreds of restaurants have been effected. along with convenience stores with no Monday morning coffee or fountain drinks.
Poway Mayor Steve Vaus characterized the emergency as “out of an abundance of caution.” Sediment had found it’s way into the city’s Clear Well. “The water is well within Poway standards,” he told us, “but the state wants to take precautions.”
KUSI’s Ed Lenderman spoke to Mayor Vaus live on Good Morning San Diego as Poway residents were picking up their free water bottles.
Residents, meanwhile, were taking the issue in stride. One told us that he’d been over at the lake on Sunday and it wasn’t an issue.
Until the state signs off on the latest testing, officials and residents bracing for several days of this. But as we were leaving, an optimistic Vaus hollered, “Hope I don’t see you Tuesday.”