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Boil Water Order Affects Thousands

Thousands of San Diego residents will have to boil their water for the next three days. People living in Torrey Pines, Del Mar and Carmel Valley are affected. KPBS Environment Reporter Ed Joyce has details.

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City water officials say a 24-inch water main break left more than 14,000 customers without water service for several hours early this morning.

Water service has been restored.

But Arian Collins with the city's water department says those customers still need to boil their water.

"People should either be boiling their water for drinking or cooking or they should be using bottled water," he said.

He says the water should be boiled for at least one minute.

Collins says people can still bathe, water plants or do laundry without boiling the water.

"Once we've done a series of tests that are required by the state and if they all come back negative, then we'll lift the boil water order," he said.." And that could be from two to three days."

Collins say it will be at least a day before crews know what caused the water main break in a northwest San Diego canyon.

Ed Joyce, KPBS News.

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