The drinking water system that serves a popular Julian campground has tested positive for E.coli, officials warned Friday.
The County of San Diego, Department of Environmental Health has issued a Boil Water Order for the KQ Ranch water system located at 449 KQ Ranch Road, effective immediately.
The water system serves the KQ Ranch Campground made up of a 211 campsites with RV hook-ups, cottage and cabin rentals, club house, restaurant, swimming pool, office, public restrooms with showers and maintenance building.
“The drinking water system has tested present for E.coli and total coliform bacteria. The presence of E.coli bacteria indicates that the water may be contaminated with human or animal wastes,” according to a county news release.
Health effects of E.coli bacteria can include diarrhea, cramps, nausea, headaches or other symptoms.
E.coli may pose a special health risk for infants, young children, some elderly, and people with severely compromised immune systems.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that water be brought to a rolling boil for one minute before it is consumed in order to kill protozoa, bacteria and viruses. At altitudes above 6,561 feet, boiling should be extended to 3 minutes.
The Boil Water Order will remain in effect until lab results confirm the water is safe to drink.
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