Poway water treatment facility
The Poway water treatment facility. Courtesy of the city

Poway announced Tuesday afternoon its water is now safe to drink and the city is waiting for state water authorities to remove the boil-water advisory.

“Today we are able to share that testing results show that City of Poway water continues to meet industry standards. Two certified test results have shown that the water is absent of bacteria,” the city said in a statement at 4 p.m.

The city said it is now waiting for the State Water Resources Control Board to confirm that the water is safe and remove the boil-water advisory.

The advisory was issued at approximately 6 p.m. on Saturday after a day of reports of discolored water. The County of San Diego separately ordered restaurants and produce shelves to be closed.

The problem was traced to rain contamination of a “clearwell,” a large reservoir, at the city’s water treatment facility.

Meanwhile, bottled water will continue to be distributed to residents at both Lake Poway and City Hall from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Chris Jennewein

Chris Jennewein is Editor & Publisher of Times of San Diego.