BOIL WATER ALERT FOR MOUNTAIN COMMUNITIES
CREATED Jul. 19, 2013
BOIL YOUR WATER BEFORE USING
Failure to follow this advisory could result in stomach or intestinal illness.
Due to the recent Mountain Fire effecting communities in the San Jacinto Mountains near Pine Springs, Fern Valley, Apple Canyon, Hurkey Creek and Idyllwild, the California Department of Public Health in conjunction with the Riverside County Department of Environmental Health and Riverside County Public Health Department, and Pine Creek and Zen Mountain Water Systems are advising residents of areas near Pine Springs Camp, Ronald McDonald Camp (AKA Rainbow Camp), Bonita Vista Road, Living Free Animal Sanctuary, Fleming Ranch, May Valley Road, Zen Center, Hurkey Creek, and Apple Canyon Road to use boiled tap water or bottled water for drinking, ice and cooking purposes as a safety precaution.
DO NOT DRINK THE WATER WITHOUT BOILING IT FIRST. Bring all water to a boil, let it boil for one (1) minute, and let it cool before using, or use bottled water. Boiled or bottled water should be used for drinking and food preparation until further notice. Boiling kills bacteria and other organisms in the water.
An alternative method of disinfection for residents that are not able to boil their water is to use fresh, unscented, liquid household bleach. To do so, add 8 drops (or 1/8 teaspoon) of bleach per gallon of clear water or 16 drops (or 1/4 teaspoon) per gallon of cloudy water, mix thoroughly, and allow it to stand for 30 minutes before using. A chlorine-like taste and odor will result from this disinfection procedure and is an indication that adequate disinfection has taken place.
Water disinfection tablets may also be used by following the manufacturer's instructions. We will inform you when tests show that water is safe to drink and you no longer need to boil
your water. We anticipate resolving the problem within 2-3 days.
For more information call:
Water Utility contact: Zen Mountain 951-659-5272; Pine Springs Ranch 951-659-4131 California Department of Public Health - Drinking Water Field Operations Branch- District Office at (619) 525-4354.
Local Environmental Health Jurisdiction: Riverside County at (951) 955- 8982.
Please share this information with all the other people who drink this water, especially those who may not have received this notice directly (for example, people in apartments, nursing homes, schools, and businesses). You can do this by posting this notice in a public place or distributing copies by hand or mail.