BOIL WATER ORDER LIFTED FOR MOUNT LAGUNA RECREATION AREA WATER SYSTEM OPERATED BY THE U.S. FOREST SERVICE

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May 24, 2015 (Mount Laguna)--The County of San Diego, Department of Environmental Health (DEH) has lifted the Boil Water Order for the Mount Laguna Recreation Area Water System, operated by the U.S. Forest Service.

This public water system serves the Desert View Picnic Ground, Red Tailed Roost, Sierra Club Lodge, Camp Ole Fire Station, the Visitor Information Center with public restrooms and the following campgrounds: Laguna Campground, and Burnt Rancheria.  Public water systems in the area that were not affected by the boil water order issued May 15, 2015 include the Stuart Water Company, which services the majority of the private businesses & residences, including local lodging and both restaurants in the Mt. Laguna area and the Mount Laguna Improvement Association system, which serves private cabins on Forest Service land in the Mt. Laguna area.

The drinking water system had tested present for E.Coli and total coliform bacteria.  The presence of E.Coli bacteria indicated that the water may have been contaminated with human or animal wastes.  Total coliform bacteria can come from soils and other sources in the environment and can indicate a problem with the water supply system.  The Boil Water Order was issued to ensure all water used is free from contamination.  The distribution system has been disinfected by a Certified Operator and follow-up water samples confirm the absence of coliform bacteria in the water supply. 

For more information on the Boil Water Order, please contact: Daniel Walsh,

United States Department of Agriculture – Forest Service at (619) 445-6235.