Boil water advisory lifted in Poway

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POWAY, Calif. -- A boil water advisory that was announced nearly a week ago in Poway was lifted Friday evening.

Poway Mayor Steve Vaus told FOX 5 around 6 p.m. the advisory was lifted following the latest round of water testing.

"Effective immediately, the precautionary boil water advisory has been cancelled," the City of Poway said. "Poway water customers can use tap water for all purposes."

The City of Poway issued its first-ever citywide boil water advisory Nov. 30 after residents reported seeing discolored tap water the night before. Officials said they believed tap water was compromised when rainwater entered the water distribution system.

In the days that followed, city officials distributed bottled water to Poway residents and said resuming normal water service was their top priority.

Poway officials said Wednesday they were proceeding with additional water testing, despite receiving early test results that met state standards.

Later on Wednesday, a state official said the city would be cited for its use of an out-of-compliance water system. The official said Poway's reservoir is currently connected to the city's storm drain, which is not in compliance with state regulations.

Poway officials said at the time they were surprised by the state official's comments and had believed the city's water system was in line with state standards.

All restaurants in the area were closed as the city worked to find a solution. Some restaurants received waivers to operate under modified health permits until the boil water advisory was lifted.

As the city announced the end to the boil water advisory around 6 p.m. Friday, San Diego County shared a list of recommended cleaning and disinfecting procedures for local restaurant owners to follow before reopening. Guidelines for business owners can be found on the county website.

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