Mount Laguna water supply contaminated

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MOUNT LAGUNA, Calif. — A boil water order in effect Tuesday for a water system serving federal facilities at Mount Laguna does not involve local eateries or residences.

Nica Knite, owner of the Pine House Cafe & Tavern, said the order issued Monday by the San Diego County Department of Environmental Health is only for one of three water systems in the area. The main water system in town is clean, she said.

The county said E. Coli and total coliform bacteria was found in the Mount Laguna Forest Service Water System. The boil water order applies to the Desert View picnic ground, Red-Tailed Roost trail, Sierra Club Lodge, Camp Ole Fire Station and Visitor Information Center.

The Wooded Hill, Horse Heaven, El Prado, Yerba Santa, Laguna, and Burnt Rancheria campgrounds were also included in the order.

The presence of E. Coli indicates contamination by human or animal waste. Total coliform bacteria comes from the soil or other environmental sources, which means there could be a break in the pipes, the DEH said.

The boil water order will remain in effect until laboratory results confirm the absence of bacteria in the water supply, according to the DEH.

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