Restaurants open in Shafter after water scare

Posted at 6:52 PM, Dec 23, 2015
and last updated 2015-12-23 21:52:50-05

After being closed for several days following a water contamination notice, Shafter restaurants are back open just in time for some of their busiest days.

The City of Shafter issued a water boil notice over the weekend after water samples tested positive for coliform bacteria. The city has now given the OK for water to be used without boiling first.

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Kern County health officials made the rounds to restaurants in the city, telling the businesses they would have to close until the water issue was resolved. Restaurant owners say they had to throw away hundreds of dollars worth of food, not knowing when they could open their doors again.

"This is the only restaurant I have, so yeah, it's scary. I didn't know when we were going to be open, I have a lot of bills to pay, you know," said 10-year owner of El Michoacano, Gino Avila.

The city's further testing revealed no contamination so residents and businesses are getting back to normal.