Potential water contamination in Arvin, officials say to boil water or drink bottled water

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. - Potential water contamination has occurred from a broken water pipeline in Arvin, officials said.

The Arvin Community Service District experienced a water outage around 8:30 p.m. Thursday evening due to a broken water pipeline which officials believe was caused by a tree blown down from the windy weather conditions.

The potential water contamination affects around 18,000 people.

ACSD has repaired the water pipeline and is working to restore pressure at this time; however, the water will remain unsafe for consumption until testing reveals no bacteria present in the water.

The Kern County Department of Public Health Services, the California Department of Public Health, and ACSD advise Arvin residents to use bottled water or boiled tap water for drinking and cooking purposes as a safety precaution. 

When using tap water, boil the water for at least one minute and let it cool before using it. 

Contaminated water may cause stomach or intestinal illnesses.

Bottle or boiled water should be used for drinking and food preparation until further notice.  

Due to the potential water contamination, food facilities have been required to close or only sell packaged foods during this time period.

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